To help ensure school bus technicians have the educational tools they need to help them work effectively and efficiently, Thomas Built Buses and its dealers offer more than 300 factory-certified classes per year. The Thomas Built Institute, held twice a year, is a signature component of that training program. The first of two 2012 institutes will take place April 24-27 at Thomas' High Point NC facility.

The weeklong curriculum of the Thomas Built Institute is designed to complement existing school bus maintenance programs. Participating technicians receive hands-on training in small classes that cover a variety of subjects.

The 2012 curriculum includes:

  • EPA emissions systems

  • Advanced electrical

  • Coolant, maintenance, and cost savings

  • Using websites, resources, and wire diagrams

  • Factory tours

  • A choice of one of these tracks: Type C — Multiplex, Service Link, and Troubleshooting; or Type D — Electrical and Fan Drive

Participants select the track they want and receive 28 credit hours of continuing education in less than a week.

To register for the 2012 Thomas Built Institute in April 2012, visit www.thomasbus.com/about-us/events. Early enrollment is recommended. Registration is limited to 100 participants to ensure small class sizes and personal attention. Training is $275 a person, and includes breakfast and lunch.

Thomas Built Buses will offer a second session of the institute during autumn 2012 in Omaha NE.