2012 Thomas Built Institute set for April 24-27

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To help ensure school bus technicians have the educational tools they need to help them work effectively and efficiently, Thomas Built Buses and its dealers offer more than 300 factory-certified classes per year. The first of two 2012 Thomas Built Institutes will take place April 24-27 at Thomas’ facility in High Point, N.C.

The weeklong curriculum of the Thomas Built Institute is designed to complement existing school bus maintenance programs. Participating technicians receive hands-on training in small classes that cover a variety of subjects.

“We realize that it’s hard to keep up with new technologies, as well as changing EPA standards,” says Mike Stotler, service education manager for Thomas Built Buses. “The annual Thomas Built Institute offers school bus technicians firsthand experience in small classes, taught by Thomas Built pros.”

The 2012 curriculum includes emissions systems, advanced electrical, coolant, maintenance and cost savings, and utilizing Websites, resources and wire diagrams, as well as factory tours and a choice of one of the following tracks: Type C, multiplex, service link and troubleshooting; or Type D, electrical and fan drive. Participating technicians select the track they want and receive 28 credit hours of continuing education in less than a week.

To register for the 2012 Thomas Built Institute April 24-27, go to thomasbus.com/about-us/events. Early enrollment is recommended; registration is limited to 100 participants to ensure small class sizes and personal attention. Training is $275 a person and includes breakfast and lunch.