TULSA, Okla. — IC Bus celebrated a milestone this summer as it conducted the 10th edition of IC Bus University technician training.
The 257 techs who graduated from IC Bus University in the summer 2017 session were the 10th cohort to complete the company’s factory training program in Tulsa. They join a group of more than 2,000 alumni.
The program is a series of four one-week summer training sessions conducted at the Tulsa plant. Each session brings together school bus technicians from across North America to focus on core topics of learning that were inspired by customers.
In addition to receiving formal training on how to service a variety of engines, transmissions, and other bus components, trainees have the opportunity to network with other service techs to share best practices.
“We couldn’t be prouder than we are today, in recognizing the achievements of the IC Bus University graduates of 2017,” said Trish Reed, vice president and general manager of IC Bus. “This rigorous training program ensures that IC Bus technicians are equipped with the knowledge and experience required to serve our customers in the best possible way. Their hard work reaffirms the importance of the company’s ongoing commitment to invest in technician training.”
Participants reportedly voiced their appreciation for the hands-on nature of the instruction, including the opportunity to hold one-on-one conversations with IC Bus team members and supplier personnel. The techs also got to tour the IC Bus Tulsa plant.
“The program’s primary goal is educating the technicians that service our bus products,” said Alan Stegich, regional manager for IC Bus. “A secondary goal is to build enthusiasm for the brand and the ongoing innovations in our product portfolio, including the company’s propane- and gas-powered buses. Beyond that, the training is a chance for technicians to learn from some of their most valuable teachers — each other.”