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The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations

Mike Byrnes & Assoc. , Inc. Names Roger Stevens as Bumper To Bumper Instructor of the Month for June, 2008

 

 

Roger Stevens

The year 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of Bumper To Bumper, The Complete Guide to Tractor-Trailer Operations, the textbook that Mike Byrnes & Assoc., Inc. first published in 1988, now in its fourth edition. To mark that anniversary, we want to recognize the people who use that book on a daily basis: the instructors of the finest truck driving programs around.

 

Our Instructor of the Month for June 2008, Roger Stevens has been the CDL Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor for the Professional Truck Driving Program at Western Dakota Tech in Rapid City, SD, for the last ten years. He started driving truck in 1967 in the United States Air Force. After a 26-year military career, he drove for local companies hauling cement, coal, and medical scanning equipment. In his spare time, Roger enjoys bowling, working on his classic car, and spending time with family.
 Roger Stevens

What's your proudest accomplishment?

That we continue to provide a high-quality training program and produce skilled drivers for the trucking industry. Our graduates typically have 2-3 job offers by the end of their training.

 

What do you enjoy about being a truck driving school educator?

 

I enjoy spending time with the students, getting to know them and watching their progress throughout the course. It gives me great satisfaction to know that they are changing their lives and building a future with a career in transportation.

What tools do you find the most useful to assist you in educating?

We use a variety of tools – classroom training aids (Bumper-to-Bumper textbook & videos), content experts from industry, a state-of-the-art driving simulator, and up-to-date equipment.

 

Describe your biggest challenge educating entry level drivers.

The biggest challenge for entry-level students is getting them to understand the complexity of the tractor/trailer. First-time drivers are nervous in equipment of this magnitude and I have to build a rapport immediately in order to keep them focused on the task at hand.

 
 

What advice do you like to give your students to be successful in the trucking industry?

Find a company you like and stick with it to gain experience – do not become a “job-hopper”. Continue to learn and grow in your career.