Maintenance

Search begins for next 'America's Best'

Posted on February 1, 2006

ALBANY, N.Y. — The National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT) has again sent out the call to find “America’s Best” school bus maintenance and inspection professionals.

This year’s national contest will be held Aug. 3 and 4 at Blue Bird’s plant in Fort Valley, Ga., and at a nearby fairground facility. The NAPT’s Tech/Inspect Committee arranges the event, and Bus Parts Warehouse and Zonar Systems provide sponsorship.

Participants will vie for one of two titles, “America’s Best School Bus Technician” or “America’s Best School Bus Inspector.”

The third annual competition will include a physical inspection of buses to identify defects and written tests that are developed, administered and graded by senior Automotive Service Excellence testers.

Participants attend instructional classes on technology-driven subjects such as engines, brakes and multiplex wiring systems. The agenda also includes a tour of the Blue Bird facilities.

The winning technician and inspector will receive expenses-paid trips to the 2006 NAPT conference in Kansas City, Mo., in November, where they will be recognized at an awards ceremony.

The national contest is limited to one technician and one inspector per state. Representatives from each state may be determined through a competition held by a state pupil transportation association or by decision of state officials. Residents of states that don’t hold their own competitions can apply individually.

Richard Denison, president of Bus Parts Warehouse, said that the NAPT Tech/Inspect Committee was in the process of identifying appropriate contacts in states that haven’t sent competitors to the previous competitions.

Each state planning to be represented at the contest must contact coordinator Bill Tousley before June 1. Tousley’s e-mail address is [email protected].

Related Topics: inspections, NAPT

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Article

5 New School Bus Shop Tools

An app that helps track maintenance and fuel, a remote-controlled mobile column lift, and a portable LED work light are among the latest offerings that can assist in school bus maintenance.

News

Titan Bus Names First 2 Dealers

The Type A school bus newcomer launches its dealer network with Bobby’s Truck and Bus Repair in Ohio and Signature Bus Sales in New England.

Product

Timer Switch

The 5600 Timer Box is designed to provide flexible, efficient switching of LED lights in a compact unit.

The 7.7-liter DD8 medium-duty diesel engine will be offered for the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner HDX school bus starting in 2018.
News

New Detroit DD8 Engine Revealed

The 7.7-liter medium-duty diesel engine will be offered for the Thomas Built Saf-T-Liner HDX school bus starting in 2018.

Titan Bus will soon start production of its own take on Type A school buses. In the background is the new company's facility in Ottawa, Ohio.
News

Titan to Bring New Type A to School Bus Market

Brian Barrington, an industry veteran and VP of the new venture, says that the Titan Bus line will boast a wider body and entry door, along with standard equipment like LED lighting, tinted glass, and a multiplex system.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from SBF delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the school bus industry and don't miss a thing!