Bendix has announced its 2014 schedule for its Bendix Brake Training School. The first class for the in-person school will take place on Tuesday, March 25, in Owosso, MI.

There are 23 sessions in total in 13 U.S. states and Ontario running through November.

Bendix trained more than 7,000 people through the program in 2013. According to the company, class participants recorded more than 30,000 training hours, learning from ASE-certified Bendix Service, Warranty, and Training (SWAT) team experts.

“The trucking industry depends on technicians being equipped with the most up-to-date operational and service knowledge, a need that becomes ever more important as braking and safety technologies advance,” said John Reid, Bendix SWAT team manager and a four-decade company veteran. “We offer the Bendix Brake Training School to allow fleets and owner-operators to stay on the leading edge of technical information about air and foundation brake systems. This helps them keep their vehicles in good working condition – reducing downtime and service costs, and contributing to safer roads.”

The three-day Bendix Brake Training School curriculum takes a comprehensive approach to teach maintenance professionals the description, operation, and service of the entire range of foundation and air brake system components. The program also offers in-depth coverage of safety solutions such as Bendix brand air disc brakes, antilock braking systems (ABS), SmarTire Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) by Bendix CVS, stability technologies like Bendix ESP Electronic Stability Program full-stability system, and Bendix Wingman Advanced.

The class details operational system aspects such as the fundamentals of compressed air and tactics for air system failure mode diagnosis and troubleshooting. It also addresses foundation brake and air brake system components, including air compressors, valves, slack adjusters, brake chambers, shoes, and drums.

In addition to classroom lectures and product cutaways, visual aids are incorporated to demonstrate the components and related systems in each training class. All locations feature operational demonstration boards.

The program also covers the commercial vehicle regulatory landscape, including federal Reduced Stopping Distance (RSD) regulations and Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA).

Class size for the Bendix Brake Training School is limited, and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration may be completed online at www.bendix.com or www.foundationbrakes.com; by phone at 1-800-AIR-BRAKE, option 3; or via fax (216-651-3261). For a full listing of locations and dates, visit www.bendix.com or www.foundationbrakes.com.