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 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.