Bendix announces 2014 brake training dates

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake announce the 2014 schedule for its in-person Bendix Brake Training School.

Bendix says this year’s school will be begins March 25, 2014 in Owosso, Mich. The schedule offers classes into November, with a total of 23 sessions in 13 U.S. states and Ontario, the company says. Bendix says it trained more than 7,000 technicians through its training courses in 2013.

“The trucking industry depends on technicians being equipped with the most up-to-date operational and service knowledge, a need that becomes ever more important as braking and safety technologies advance,” says John Reid, Bendix SWAT team manager. “We offer the Bendix Brake Training School to allow fleets and owner-operators to stay on the leading edge of technical information about air and foundation brake systems. This helps them keep their vehicles in good working condition – reducing downtime and service costs, and contributing to safer roads.”

The three-day class curriculum takes a comprehensive approach to teach maintenance professionals the description, operation, and service of the entire range of foundation and air brake system components, the company says. As the only authorized training in Bendix products and services, the program also offers in-depth coverage of Bendix’s safety solutions.

Bendix says the curriculum details operational system aspects such as the fundamentals of compressed air and tactics for airsystem failure mode diagnosis and troubleshooting. It also addresses foundation brake and air brake system components, including air compressors, valves, slack adjusters, brake chambers, shoes, and drums, Bendix says.

In addition to classroom lectures and product cutaways, visual aids are incorporated to demonstrate the components and related systems in each training class. All locations feature operational demonstration boards.

The program also covers the commercial vehicle regulatory landscape, including federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) regulations and Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA).

Class size for the 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; or via fax (216-651-3261). For a full listing of locations and dates, visit www.bendix.com or www.foundationbrakes.com.

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