Bendix has released the 2015 schedule and opened registration for its in-person Bendix Brake Training School. Offered by Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake, this year’s training school opens Tuesday, March 24, in Owosso, Michigan. Classes are scheduled into November, with a total of 19 sessions in 13 U.S. states and Ontario.
Bendix, the North American leader in commercial vehicle active safety and braking system technologies, has provided technician education and support for more than 50 years, and its training programs are among the longest-running in the industry.
“Bendix is as committed to supporting and educating technicians as it is to advancing safety and braking technology and improving highway safety,” said Chuck Miller, Bendix manager of field service and training. “We can’t emphasize enough the importance of equipping both new and experienced technicians with the most up-to-date operational and service knowledge available. Their efforts in keeping vehicles in good working condition not only reduce downtime and service costs, but also contribute to safer roads for everyone.”
Collectively, the Bendix SWAT team represents more than 195 years of comprehensive, practical commercial vehicle service and troubleshooting experience, always at the leading edge of technical information on air and foundation brake systems.
Bendix Brake Training School’s three-day sessions use a comprehensive curriculum to teach maintenance professionals the description, operation, and service of the entire range of foundation and air brake system components. Providing the only authorized training in Bendix products and services, the program also offers in-depth coverage of safety solutions such as Bendix brand air disc brakes, antilock braking systems (ABS), SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS, stability technologies like Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system, and Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology.
The intensive coursework also details operational system aspects such as the fundamentals of compressed air and tactics for air system failure mode diagnosis and troubleshooting. It addresses foundation brake and air brake system components, including air compressors, valves, slack adjusters, brake chambers, shoes, and drums. Classroom lectures incorporate visual aids, product cutaways, and hands-on operational demonstration boards and product cutaways to illustrate component structures and system operation.
The program also covers the commercial vehicle regulatory landscape, including federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) regulations.