01 Read and Interpret Control Systems

Performance Skill Standard:

Conditions of Performance:

  • Given the cab instrumentation and control panels of a typical truck tractor that is in operation…

Statement of Work to be performed:

  • …The driver will identify and locate, read, and interpret the typical vehicle instruments and controls of a tractor-trailer rig.

Performance Criteria:

  • Drivers must identify and locate each of the vehicular driving controls and the various monitoring devices (gauges, alarms, lights, etc.) required to operate the vehicle safely and efficiently.
  • Drivers must read instrument/gauge accurately within +1 unit of measure correctly each time.
  • Drivers must operate control/switch correctly each time.
  • Drivers must supplement gauge/control information with other data.

Performance Elements and Assessment Criteria:

  • Identify, locate, and read/operate each of the primary controls including those required for:
    • Steering
    • Proper adjustment including seat adjustment
    • Hand placement
    • Accelerating
    • Traction Control Switch
    • Shifting
    • Eaton Auto Shift
    • Braking
    • Air brakes
    • Engine brakes
    • Parking
    • Parking Brake
    • Trailer Air Supply
    • Cold weather
    • Identify, locate, and read/operate each of the secondary controls including those required for:
    • Lights
    • Headlights
    • High Beams (When & Where)
    • Marker lights
    • Marker interrupt
    • Signals
    • Turn Signals
    • 4 Way Flashers
    • Mirrors
    • Proper adjustment
    • Mirror heat
    • Windshield wipers and washers
    • Interior climate
    • Engine starting and shutdown
    • Suspension
    • Coupling
  • Identify, locate, read/operate, and indicate the acceptable reading range of the various instruments required to monitor:
    • Vehicle speed
    • Engine speed
    • Fuel status
    • Oil status
    • Air status
    • Primary & Secondary Tanks
    • Suspension
    • Cooling status
    • Exhaust status
    • Electrical Systems status
    • Warning Lights

  • Augment displayed information from other sources, given that instruments may malfunction or not be entirely accurate.
    • Trip Computer
    • Odors
    • ‘Feel’
  • Make appropriate adjustments for company specific equipment, especially:
    • Various transmissions
    • Different engines
    • Types of trailers
    • Types of loads
    • Other factors
  • Identify typical problem points in equipment specific to an individual carrier’s operation.