New preventive maintenance textbook cites Dossier software – April 2009

Delmar Cengage has released “Modern Diesel Technology: Preventive Maintenance and Inspection,” a textbook by John Dixon, who used Arsenault Associates’ Dossier as an example of maintenance management software in the book. Written for entry-level technicians, the book details procedures for maintenance and inspection of medium and heavy trucks. The 386-page heavily illustrated paperback features 17 chapters, each broken into specific areas for easy reference.

For example, Chapter 4, entitled Preventive Maintenance Inspection, includes sections such as Inspection Procedure, Federal Inspection Regulations, Record Keeping Requirements and PM Software, which features Dossier as an example. Other chapters include Braking System Inspection, Steering & Suspension, Electrical Systems and Auxiliary Components, and Trailer Service and Inspection, among others. According to the publisher, “this go-to guide has everything the beginning technician needs to perform effective servicing.”

Dixon is a professor and program coordinator at Centennial College in Toronto, Ontario, where he has served as department coordinator for the Truck & Coach Apprenticeship and Modified Apprenticeship programs. Dixon is vice chair of the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Ontario Colleges. He holds professional Canadian licenses in automotive, truck and refrigeration maintenance.

“We support the efforts of John Dixon and his publisher to educate young people entering the fleet maintenance industry,” says Charles Arsenault, chief executive officer of Burlington, N.J.-based Arsenault Associates. “We recommend the book to them and anyone who wants to better manage their fleet maintenance.”

“Preventive Maintenance and Inspection” is one in a series of Modern Diesel Technology texts from Delmar Cengage. Others addressing medium- and heavy-duty trucks include “Fuel & Computerized Management Systems,” “Electricity and Electronics” and “Brakes, Suspension & Steering.” All are available through the publisher’s website at Delmar Cengage is based in the Albany suburb of Clifton Park, N.Y.