Dallas County Schools techs train on lubrication, oil analysis

Posted on April 9, 2014

More than 80 Dallas County Schools techs took part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex.
More than 80 Dallas County Schools techs took part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex.
DALLAS — More than 80 Dallas County Schools technicians recently took part in a lubrication training program hosted by Hydrotex.

The company presented “Principles of Lubrication,” an introductory class on lubrication fundamentals. Another topic covered was oil analysis lab reporting and interpretation. BG Products Inc. also demonstrated and gave instruction on transmission fluid exchange.

This is the second year that Hydrotex has hosted a day of lubrication training for Dallas County Schools techs and general service managers. Also in attendance this year were Skyline High School students who are in a Dallas County Schools co-op program that focuses on developing the next generation of technicians.

“I learned a lot in the training about engine oils and transmission fluids and how to extend the equipment life,” student Alexis Rueda said. “Through Dallas County Schools’ co-op program, I’ve learned how to prioritize responsibilities and work with groups. The program is going to really help me with my future success.”

The co-op program began in 2006 to give students an opportunity to learn basic mechanics.

As for the benefit of the Hydrotex training for Dallas County Schools techs, Senior Fleet Manager Paul Jacobs said that it is “important that our technicians know the correct maintenance practices, because Dallas County Schools has about 2,200 buses to maintain. The continuing education programs for current and future technicians are our road to success.

Jacobs added that Dallas County Schools plans to have an annual day of classroom and hands-on training for the technicians, general service managers and co-op students.

“Eventually, we would like all technicians to be able to interpret oil analysis results,” he said. “Knowing how to evaluate the oil analysis helps us maintain the engines and be proactive in our maintenance. The oil analysis program and customized lubrication training that Hydrotex provides for Dallas County Schools has taught us the value of preventive maintenance practices, which will help us reduce operating and maintenance costs and extend the life of equipment.”

Dwight Gleaves, vice president of pupil transportation at Hydrotex, added that “training can result in a safer bus fleet, longer equipment life, less downtime, and savings in parts and labor. Dallas County Schools not only places value in the correct training and continuous education, but they also consider it a huge morale booster for all of the service centers.”

Hydrotex offers fundamental and customized lubrication training, fuel management seminars and application-specific training to school districts and companies across the nation.

Related Topics: preventive maintenance, Texas

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