Bendix announces 2011 Brake Training School

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Both new and experienced technicians can gain timesaving and cost-saving expertise from the 2011 all-inclusive Brake Training School offered by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, the company announced. The curriculum – conducted by veteran ASE-certified Bendix Service, Warranty, and Training (SWAT) team experts – teaches maintenance professionals the description, operation and service elements for the total range of components found within foundation and air brake systems.

Additional topics include Bendix air disc brakes, antilock braking systems, tire pressure monitoring systems and stability technologies such as Bendix ESP full stability system. The Bendix Brake Training School includes detailed classroom lectures and operational demonstrations.

The 2011 Bendix Brake Training School schedule – marking more than 55 years of operation – will kick off on Tuesday, March 8, in San Antonio. In an expansion of the program this year, Bendix also will conduct the training school onsite at attendee facilities. The school is part of the comprehensive curriculum delivered both in person and via a growing number of interactive channels.

“Bendix Brake Training School enables technicians to maintain and improve their knowledge of braking systems, allowing fleets and owner-operators to reduce downtime and service costs,” says John Reid, Bendix SWAT team manager. “Bendix offers the course to keep attendees apprised of the latest technical information regarding the operation and service of air brake and foundation brake systems. Bendix Brake Training School provides the foundation of knowledge to help keep commercial vehicles on the road in good working condition, while ensuring highway safety for drivers and others on the roadway. It’s because we believe so strongly in the program that we decided to take the school on the road this year – we want to make the training as convenient as possible for the technicians who can benefit from it.”

Participants will learn from a curriculum that includes the fundamentals of compressed air; tactics for air system failure mode diagnosis and troubleshooting; and air brake system and foundation brake components, including air compressors, valves, foundation drum brakes and air disc brakes, slack adjusters, brake chambers, shoes and drums. Courses will be offered in nearly 20 cities across the United States and Canada. For a full listing of locations and dates, and instructions for scheduling on-site training, go to

Additionally, online options will become available throughout 2011. Class size is limited, and enrollment is on a first-come first-served basis. Registration may be completed online at or at, by phone (1-800-247-2725, option 3) or via fax (216-651-3261).