Thomas Built Buses offers bus technicians the Thomas Built Institute as a way to complement school bus maintenance programs. “Ever-changing technology, EPA standards and safety regulations are tough to keep up with,” says Mike Stotler, service education manager for Thomas Built Buses. “The annual Thomas Built Institute here in High Point (N.C.) offers school bus technicians a great way to get hands-on training and firsthand experience in small classes, all in less than a week’s time.”
Participating technicians select the track they want and receive 28 credit hours of continuing education in less than a week. The updated curriculum includes 2011 emissions system and advanced electrical. Available tracks include multiplex, service link and troubleshooting; or electrical and fan drive. The institute also offers help with coolant, maintenance and cost savings; lessons on using websites, resources and wire diagrams; and factory tours.
To register for the 2011 Thomas Built Institute set for May 10-13, go to www.thomasbus.com. Early enrollment is recommended, with registration limited to 100 participants to ensure small class sizes and personal attention. The training is $250 and includes lunch and ground transportation. Thomas Built Buses will add a second 2011 session on July 26-28 in conjunction with the STN Expo in Reno, Nev.