Both new and experienced technicians will find useful information and training tips at the 2012 Bendix brake training school. The school, which has taught more than 250,000 people over its 50-plus years, will kick off its first class of 2012 on Tuesday, March 20, in Owosso, MI.
The curriculum, which is taught by veteran, 100% ASE-certified Bendix service, warranty and training (SWAT) team members, teaches maintenance professionals the description, operation, and service elements for the total range of components found within foundation and air brake systems.
Additional topics include Bendix safety solutions such as Bendix brand air disc brakes, antilock braking systems (ABS), tire pressure monitoring systems, and stability technologies, such as the Bendix ESP full-stability system.
Bendix also offers onsite training at attendee facilities.
“Bendix brake training school enables technicians to maintain and improve their knowledge of braking systems, allowing fleets and owner-operators to reduce downtime and service costs,” said John Reid, Bendix SWAT team manager and a company veteran of more than 40 years. “Bendix offers the course to keep attendees apprised of the latest technical information regarding the operation and service of air brake and foundation brake systems. Bendix brake training school provides the foundation of knowledge to help keep commercial vehicles on the road in good working condition, while ensuring highway safety for drivers and others on the roadway. This knowledge is as critical as ever in the era of CSA (Compliance, Safety, Accountability), the new federal safety and compliance model for commercial vehicles.”
Participants will be taught the fundamentals of compressed air; tactics for air system failure mode diagnosis and troubleshooting; and air brake system and foundation brake components, including air compressors, valves, foundation drum brakes and air disc brakes, slack adjusters, brake chambers, shoes, and drums. The program also covers the new federal regulations for reduced stopping distance, which took effect in August 2011.
Courses will be offered in more than 20 cities across the U.S. and Canada.
Class size is limited, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration may be completed online at www.bendix.com or www.foundationbrakes.com, by phone (1-800-AIR-BRAKE, option 3), or via fax (216-651-3261).