Drivers, technicians, distributors, fleet personnel, owner-operators, and others turn to brake-school.com — the online training portal from Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems — for current and in-depth technical training. Recently completing its sixth year, the Bendix On-Line Brake School has surpassed 80,000 registered users, the company says.
“Access to information and opportunities to keep skills sharp is vitally important, especially with the rapid pace of change when it comes to commercial vehicle technology. That’s why our goal has never wavered since we opened access to brake-school.com in March of 2013 — namely, to deliver easily understandable, readily available, no-cost training from our team of experts,” says Barbara Gould, Bendix director of corporate communications.
Through brake-school.com, students can access a curriculum covering a spectrum of braking and active vehicle safety system product topics. Subjects range from overall education on product features and operation to troubleshooting, diagnostics and maintenance best practices.
The portal includes courses on: air disc brakes; air dryers; compressors, electronic safety systems, including side object detection, diagnostics, lane departure warning, tire pressure monitoring, stability, and collision mitigation; foundation drum brakes; slack adjusters, trailer safety systems; and valves. Additional courses cover highway safety; compliance, safety, accountability (CSA); and reduced stopping distance (RSD).
The Bendix On-Line Brake School also offers a complete air brake training course that complements its in-person Bendix Brake Training School, the company says. The online air brake training course, or attendance at one of the Bendix three-day, in-person Brake School class is highly recommended for those planning to attend the new Bendix Advanced Technology Training program due to the quantity and complexity of products covered.
Bendix says it also develops customized training channels through its On-Line Brake School, offering specialized programs for organizations spanning all segments of the commercial vehicle industry.
“We’ve thoughtfully grown our online portal to ensure the content is an ideal tool to integrate into customer and fleet training programs. With over 70 current courses and more on the way each month, we aim to explore complex systems in-depth, via a site that’s easy to navigate,” Gould says. “We also regularly craft customized educational plans for industry organizations and fleets of all sizes, working closely with them to meet their specific technical needs.”
Because every organization has varied training goals and tracking systems, Bendix makes it possible for companies to monitor the participation and progress of registered employees and technicians.
Brake-school.com students represent more than two dozen countries, and the site’s 24/7/365 availability enables participants to study on their own schedules, Bendix says. Registered users of the password-protected site are presented with a broad range of opportunities, including interactive presentation modules and videos. Learning progress is measured through knowledge checks following each course.