Grand Sierra Resort | Reno, NV | July 21-25 2012


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please note, schedule subject to change

Sunday, July 22

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

“Air Conditioning 101”

Presenter: Hal Hoover

A brief overview of modern air conditioning systems for vehicles. The basic operation, terminology and maintenance. People will come away with a better understanding of air conditioning.

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

“Fuel Savings”

Moderator: Ralph Knight
Panelists: Todd Duncan, Brian Weisinger

Let's talk about how we can be the best MPG on the fuel cost.

Monday, July 23

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

“Maintenance of Special Needs Equipment”

Moderator: Denise Donaldson
Panelists: Reps from Special Needs Equipment Manufacturers

Representatives of companies that make school bus products for students with special transportation needs will provide product-specific information about the care and maintenance of their products.

11 a.m. – Noon

“Data-Driven Decisions for Mechanics”

Moderator: Tim Ammon
Panelists: Michael Shields, Mike Kenney

Fleet maintenance has a far greater impact on transportation than its proprtional costs would indicate. The use of data and performance indicators can greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of maintenance services and transportation performance. Identifying a reasonable array of highly valuable metrics, evaluating the data requirements necessary to assess the operation and understanding how to interpret the data will be addressed in the session.

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

“Alt Fuel Training Opportunities from OEMs”

Moderator: Ralph Knight
Panelists: Reps from Blue Bird, Rousch, Collins, & Thomas Built Buses

This will be the time for the maintenance staff to talk with the OEMs on how to service and make repaires on alt fuel buses.

Tuesday, July 24

8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

“Working with OEMs to Drive Down Costs”

Presenters: Mike Kenney, Brian Weisinger

This workshop will explain the complexity of building a school bus that meets federal standards, state specifications and local district/user requirements and how they many times conflict. Most ‘problems’ are not new, they are simply new to a particular state or customer. This workshop is designed for all levels of specification writing responsibilities, bus driver to State Director.

Wednesday, July 25

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

“Refurbishing School Buses with an Eye on New Safety Features”


Presenters: Brian Weisinger, Mike Kenney

Budgests are being cut and districs are looking for creative ways to save money, maintain equipment longer, and represent the school district well to the community. Attend this session to learn innovative ways to stretch your budget dollar while enhancing safety but not sacrificing integrity.


9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

“CAFE Standards/Innovative Tire Maintenance Programs”

Presenters: Bob Pudlewski, Ralph Knight