Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems has opened its technical class program for 2023 focusing on air brake training and advanced technology. The two dozen, multi-day classes are suited for new and experienced technicians alike and will be held from February into December.
Each class will be administered by a master-level, ASE-certified Bendix Tech Training Team, regardless of whether the class is virtual or in person.
The Air Brake Training class takes three days and will cover the description, operation, and service elements for the total range of components found within dual air brake systems. Instruction will also address the fundamentals of compressed air; tactics for air system failure mode diagnosis and troubleshooting; and components such as air compressors, valves, foundation drum brakes, air disc brakes, and steering. Online sessions are available for the Air Brake course, with two held in Eastern time or two in Western time. Before attending the virtual or in-person Air Brake training, Bendix recommends that participants complete the company’s online air brake training.
Meanwhile, the Advanced Technology Training class takes place over two days and includes the operation and troubleshooting of advanced safety systems and software. As well as this, the training discusses maintenance instruction on Bendix’s air disc brakes and electrical diagnostics, including Antilock Braking Systems (ABS), AutoVue Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System from Bendix CVS, Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program, Bendix Wingman Advanced – A Collision Mitigation Technology, the family of Bendix Wingman Fusion driver assistance systems, SafetyDirect system by Bendix CVS, SmarTire and SmarTire Trailer-Link TPMS by Bendix CVS, and Active Steering by Bendix. However, the company does recommend that attendees take the Air Brake Training, either online or in-person, before registering for the Advanced Technology session.Read more: Training techs: the pathway to retention and uptime
“One of the unique aspects of our in-person training schools is the air boards used for instruction,” said Fred Andersky, Bendix director–Demos, Service & Sales Training. “The Bendix air system boards, in particular, feature a working Bendix Wingman Fusion system to help students receive a robust overview of the company’s collision mitigation technology, along with other critical parts of the Bendix air braking system.”
The in-person trainings will be located in 11 states throughout the year. 15 Air Brake trainings will be held in San Marcos and Long Beach, CA; Thornton, CO; Mattoon, IL; Huntington and Indianapolis, IN; Bowling Green, KY; Moorhead, MN; Sparks, NV; Avon, OH; Oklahoma City, OK; Hanover, PA; and Dallas, TX. The first class will be February 21-23 at the Bendix headquarters in Avon, Ohio.
However, there are only four in-person Advanced Technology sessions, two of which will also be held in Avon while the other two take place in Sparks. The full schedule for both courses can be found online.
As an added benefit for each course, participants can take part in an optional written test at the end of each class. A passing grade grants the technician a ‘Tested and Passed’ certificate, while those who either don’t pass the exam or take the test at all can still receive a ‘Certificate of Completion.’ This exam is only related to the company and is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Enrollment for one person costs $475 for Air Brake Training, $425 for Advanced Technology Training, and $375 for the virtual class. Class sizes are limited, and enrollment is granted based on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone wishing to participate can register by phone, email, fax, or online by submitting a registration form.