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Thomas Built releases details on 2013 technician training


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HIGH POINT, N.C. — School bus manufacturer Thomas Built Buses has released details on this year’s curriculum for school bus technician training available through the Thomas Built Institute.

“We know how tough it is to keep up with ever-changing technology, EPA standards and safety regulations,” said Mike Stotler, service education manager for Thomas Built Buses. “The annual Thomas Built Institute has become a very popular opportunity for school bus technicians to get hands-on training and a factory-certified curriculum in small classes, all in less than a week’s time.”

Topics covered in the 2013 institute curriculum include emissions systems, advanced electrical, coolant, maintenance and cost savings, and utilizing websites, resources and wire diagrams. A choice of the following tracks is available: Type C — multiplex, service link and troubleshooting — or Type D — electrical and fan drive.

Factory tours are also part of the curriculum. Participating technicians select the track they want and receive 28 credit hours of continuing education.

"It’s the best training I've been to in 26 years," said Duane Chapman, transportation coordinator at Shawnee Heights Unified School District 450 in Tecumseh, Kan. “Thomas Built Buses’ hands-on training helped me learn faster ways to keep the buses running smoothly.”

The 2013 Thomas Built Institute will be held May 7-10 in Greensboro, N.C. A second session will be held in conjunction with the STN Expo in Reno, Nev., July 23-26.

To register, go here. Officials said early enrollment is recommended, as registration is limited to 100 participants to ensure small classes and personal attention.

The cost is $325, and it includes lunch and ground transportation.


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The school bus industry has grown right along with the needs of those responsible to maintain fleets of school buses. With all the new technology on board school buses you cannot afford someone not qualified to be working on expensive equipment. The days are gone when all you needed was basic mechanical skills. Try working with computer systems with electrical issues, mechanical issues, ghost code issues or simply bad batteries. You still have to utilize a diagnostic tree approach to solve the problems. This example given - any electrical issues always test the vehicle's batteries first, then connections and so on. With multiplex electrical wiring and the vehicles basic wiring you have to have access to the bus manufacturer's proprietary information to be able to properly diagnose a problem. One quick issue I ran into was a computer had to be replaced. A technician with a laptop had to set up and flash the replacement computer at installation. Now the vehicle would run. Technician left. The vehicle had new codes showing up now. It ended up having a 6 cylinder program being loaded into the computer instead of a V-8 program. Even when the technician returned he showed the V-8 program was on the computer yet it showed up as a 6 cylinder program. Anything can happen usually does. If you haven't been for training lately - then consider it is time to go. Dan - Indiana.

Dan Luttrell    |    Feb 25, 2013 01:01 PM

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