ABOUT PHOTO: Attendees at the first Prevost Service School of 2011 in Quebec.
SUMMARY: Motorcoach technicians and mechanics should sign up soon for the limited-space service schools scheduled throughout North America.
SAINTE-CLAIRE, Quebec – Six programs across North America will be presenting courses on the Prevost H and X buses.
The first service school of 2011 took place in January in Quebec City, Quebec. Nearly 80 students registered and had the option to attend sessions in English or French. Prevost’s Field Service team is intimately involved with the service school program.
Previous attendees have said that the content was concise, relevant, thorough, and up-to-date. “Prevost’s service schools are an invaluable learning opportunity for our mechanics, helping them build credentials in the industry,” said Tommy Rayle Jr., Vice President of Holiday Tours, which serves the southern U.S. from its North Carolina base.
“It’s very beneficial to our company,” noted Dave Mailhot, New Hampshire-based C&J Director of Fleet Maintenance. “And for one of our new techs who didn’t have a great deal of relevant experience it’s worked out great.”
Each class is led by a regional service manager with a second RSM assisting. Classes combine lectures and practical application, with a 2011 Prevost H3 seated coach, a 2011 Prevost X3 Entertainer conversion coach, and an earlier model H3 seated coach on hand to ensure that attendees get plenty of hands-on experience.
The Quebec school also featured a tour of the Prevost factory—where students could preview new developments right on the production line — and culminated in an awards dinner with distribution of course certificates. The three top-scoring techs, recognized for their achievement, were John Allen of Diversified Transportation, Joe Arguelles of Vision Tours, and Andy Waughtal of Time Lines, Inc.
ADDITIONAL TRAINING SCHOOLS FOR 2011
ONLINE REGISTRATION is now open for the remaining 2011 service schools, which will be held at Prevost’s U.S. service centers:
Jacksonville, FL, April 11 to 14
South Plainfield, NJ, May 17 to 19
Nashville, TN, July 11 to 14
Fort Worth, TX, September 19 to 22
Mira Loma, CA, November 7 to 10
The syllabus consists of seven courses that focus on the Prevost H and X coach series. Three two-day courses cover Prevost electrical systems, HVAC systems, and drive trains. Four one-day courses are devoted to pneumatic systems, accessories and safety, shell converters, and axles and brakes. Depending on their interest and experience, attendees should select between two and four courses for a total of four days.
With class size limited to a maximum of 10, prospective attendees are urged to sign up well in advance (at least two weeks before the session begins).
Online registration is available at PREVOST REGISTRATION SITE.
Questions should be directed to Prevost regional service managers.
Source: PREVOST; Michael Campos, LCT assistant editor