To help technicians, fleets and owner-operators keep pace with advancing truck technologies, Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC) has doubled its technical training force and enhanced its in-person training programs for 2019, the company says.
A new two-day Advanced Technology Training program is now available, in addition to the established three-day Air Brake Training class. Registration is open for the complete schedule of both courses.
The 2019 edition of the in-person Air Brake Training class, which will visit more cities and states than last year, is tailored to both new and experienced technicians. It covers the description, operation and service elements for the total range of components found within dual air brake systems. Topics include:
- Fundamentals of compressed air
- Tactics for air system failure mode diagnosis and troubleshooting
- Air brake system and foundation brake components (air compressors, valves, foundation drum brakes, and air disc brakes)
“The Advanced Technology Training class is an exciting new addition to our training curriculum; it picks up where the Air Brake Training course ends, covering the operation and troubleshooting of higher-level driver assistance and safety systems, as well as diagnostic software,” says Lance Hansen, Bendix North America regional vice president — fleet/trailer sales and service engineering.
“As adoption of these complex technologies increases, it’s more important than ever to make sure the teams responsible for keeping North America’s commercial vehicles operating safely are equipped with the knowledge they need. Our new Advanced Technology Training is a real must for the advanced technician,” Hansen says.
Some of the systems addressed in the Advanced Technology Training course are:
- AutoVue Lane Departure Warning System from Bendix CVS
- Bendix ACom diagnostic software
- Bendix ESPElectronic Stability Program
- Bendix Wingman Advanced and Bendix Wingman Fusiondriver assistance systems
- SafetyDirect by Bendix CVS
- SmarTire and SmarTire Trailer-Link TPMS by Bendix CVS
Hansen notes that class time in the Advanced Technology Training session includes in-depth, hands-on maintenance for Bendix air disc brakes and electrical diagnostics.
To help address the increasing demand for service training, Bendix has doubled its technical training force. In addition, 29 Air Brake Training sessions — each conducted by a member of the ASE-certified veteran Bendix Service Engineering Team — are scheduled in 25 locations across the U.S. from February to November. The nine Advanced Technology Training courses will be held from March to December, split between Sparks, Nev., and Bendix headquarters in Elyria, Ohio.
Per-person enrollment costs are $400 for Air Brake Training and $350 for Advanced Technology Training. Due to the quantity and complexity of the products covered, Bendix highly recommends that each student completes the Bendix Air Brake Training (three-day) class or, at minimum, the online brake school at brake-school.com, before taking the Advanced Technology Training class.
“Both classes include hands-on exercises as well as classroom training and extensive visual demonstration aids. At most locations, the Bendix team will also be able to utilize operational demonstration boards that essentially put a fully operational air system right at the students’ fingertips,” Hansen says.
Registration is free for the Bendix On-Line Brake School, which offers regularly updated curriculum covering all aspects of electronics and air brake maintenance. Since its launch in March 2013, the training portal (brake-school.com) has registered nearly 70,000 users from more than two dozen countries, Bendix says.
Class size for the 2019 in-person Bendix training courses 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, CLICK HERE or HERE.