Bendix will offer 24 in-person Bendix Brake Training School sessions from spring through fall 2018. Bendix has provided technician education and support for more than a half century, and its training programs are among the longest running in the industry, according to the company. The Brake Training School is designed for both new and experienced technicians.
Offered by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, this year’s training school opens March 6, in Memphis, Tenn. Classes are scheduled into December, with sessions taking place in 20 cities in 18 U.S. states. Registration is open for the complete schedule.
“At Bendix, our dedication to supporting professional technicians – at all skill levels – goes hand-in-hand with our mission to improve highway safety by advancing braking technology and safety systems,” says Lance Hansen, North America regional vice president, fleet/trailer sales and service engineering at Bendix. “Technicians have the vital responsibility of keeping commercial vehicles in good working condition and operating safely. To keep them at the leading edge of today’s rapidly evolving technologies, these men and women must be equipped with the most up-to-date operational and service knowledge available – the Bendix program provides that through our in-depth, hands-on training program.”
The veteran Bendix Service Engineering Team, which conducts the training, represents more than a century of collective years of comprehensive, practical commercial vehicle service and troubleshooting experience. Previously known as the Bendix Service, Warranty, and Training (SWAT) team, the Service Engineering Team members are experts on air and foundation brake systems.
During Bendix Brake Training School’s three-day sessions, maintenance professionals learn the description, operation and service of the entire range of foundation and air brake system components. The comprehensive curriculum provides the only authorized training in Bendix products and services, including:
- Bendix brand air disc brakes
- Antilock braking systems (ABS)
- SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS
- SmarTire Trailer-Link TPMS by Bendix CVS trailer system
- AutoVue Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System from Bendix CVS
- Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system
- Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology
- Bendix Wingman Fusion
Classroom lectures address foundation brake and air brake system components, including air compressors, valves, slack adjusters, brake chambers, shoes and drums. Other system aspects detailed in the coursework include the fundamentals of compressed air, and tactics for air system failure diagnosis and troubleshooting. Visual aids, product cutaways and operational demonstration boards enable up-close component study and hands-on learning. Bendix experts also discuss the commercial vehicle regulatory landscape, including federal regulations requiring full-stability technology. The cost of enrollment per person is $350.
More than 70,000 people have completed Bendix training during the past decade, alone, according to the company. In the commercial vehicle industry, Bendix’s dedication to safety technology support and technician education is long-standing and well-recognized.
Bendix continues to expand its educational opportunities for vehicle owner-operators and technicians as part of its mission to provide expert post-sales support. The Bendix On-Line Brake School offers an extensive, regularly updated curriculum covering all aspects of electronics and air brake maintenance. Since its launch in March 2013, the training portal has registered nearly 60,000 users from more than two dozen countries. New content is added to the site regularly.
For maximum value, the company recommends that each student complete the online air brake training before taking the in-person training.
Bendix’s multimedia center at knowledge-dock.com offers blog posts, podcasts, videos and more on a range of trucking-related topics, including advanced safety technology development, driver assistance systems and the commercial vehicle regulatory landscape.
Class size for the 2018 in-person Bendix Brake Training School 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 at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE, option 3; by email at BendixTrainingSchool@hkm.dcgcentral.com; or via fax (216-651-3261). For a full listing of locations and dates, visit www.bendix.com or www.foundationbrakes.com.