This course is designed to instruct the new or less experienced heavy-duty alignment technician in fundamental alignment theory, equipment operation and the common adjustment methods found on single and multi-axle road tractors and trailers. The course also includes an overview of suspension and steering systems with emphasis on the need to use proper inspection procedures. Course consists of a combination of classroom lectures and hands-on shop training. Hands-on/Lab modules are structured to provide the student in-depth skills relating to alignment equipment operation in combination with additional opportunities to perform actual vehicle alignment processes. The amount of actual vehicle alignments will vary with each class.
By the end of the course, the participant will be able to:
- A working knowledge of how camber, caster, toe, thrust angle and tandem scrub angle effect tire wear and vehicle handling.
- The ability to recognize HD suspension and steering systems and identify the method of adjustment.
- Understand how to determine and select the correct alignment specifications.
- Setup the aligner and accurately measure the primary alignment angles.
- Perform the alignment procedures necessary to properly align single or multi-axle tractors and trailers.
- Understand the available printouts and be able to convey the results to others.
- The ability to measure and adjust a semi-trailer.
Heavy-duty truck and trailer service experience.
Medium and Heavy-Duty Service Technicians.
$550.00 per student
Note-This course may be taken in combination with the Advanced Heavy-Duty Alignment (Level II) Course for $900.00 ($125.00 savings).
Three-days (24 hours) unless otherwise specified.