Virtual, Simulation, and Advanced Technology

Truck Driving Simulators

Driving simulators help introduce students to an in-cab environment that is safe, risk-free, and unintimidating.

Students in the Truck Driving and Transportation Training program learn the controls, gauges, and vehicle systems in a way that takes the pressure off making a mistake in a real truck.

Instructors can change the environments in which students may drive their truck. Some of these conditions include:

  • rain, snow, wind, or fog
  • day, evening, or night
  • dry, wet, and icy road surface conditions
  • 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13, and 18 speed transmissions
  • different engine manufacturers such as Mack and Cummins

Simulator benefits in the Truck Driving and Transportation Training Program

The Truck Driving Simulator has had many benefits for the Truck Driving and Transportation Training program. Previously, many students’ first experience with a class eight heavy truck was the day they went to the driving range and were handed the keys to the truck. It would often take a week or more of class time for students to be ready for the driving range. Now with simulation training, students are prepared for the range in less than two days.

Before simulation training, a student could burn three to five gallons of fuel per hour, wear out the clutch, and grind gears on the transmission. All of these things put great stress on drivelines, tires, suspensions, and the instructors. Now trucks are repaired less and students are using less fuel.

Business and Safety Training

Beyond advancements in the truck driving classrooms, the simulators are used for ongoing training with several area businesses.

Additional software and vehicle modules are available for other types of drivers to enhance training and safety including:

  • school bus
  • motor coach
  • law enforcement and emergency vehicles

Learn more about working with Hawkeye to customize training for your business.

Program Contacts

Department Secretary

Dianne Lellig
Butler Hall 104
319-296-4011
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Program Advisor

Marty Kroenecke
Regional Transportation Training Center
319-296-2329 ext.1332
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Dean

Ray Beets
Butler Hall 104-A
319-296-4042
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