Heavy Vehicle Forensic Mechanical Inspection
for Collision Investigators (5-Day Course)
THIS CLASS IS FULL - You can register for the waiting list.
NAPARS is hosting this class instructed by
Bill Focha in Maine this June. Topics include:
• Heavy vehicle nomenclature
• Brakes • Wheels • Suspension • Steering
• Proper forensic investigation methods
The cost is $650 per person.
This represents a significant savings compared
to the price when offered through NUCPS.
DATES: June 20-24, 2022
Attendance is limited to 24 NAPARS members.
**ACTAR-approved for 40 CEU's**
Attendees will learn skills needed to properly handle the unique documentation and analytical aspects of commercial motor vehicle collisions. Attendees will gain knowledge in heavy vehicle nomenclature, components, and assemblies. Lecture and hands-on experience will focus on mechanical inspections of collision-damaged heavy vehicles.
Attendees will be provided with foundational information about each heavy vehicle component and then will apply that knowledge to examine and test a crashed heavy truck. Additional training will involve undamaged heavy trucks for better understanding of components.
Attendees will learn to identify components of brake, steering, and suspension systems, and explain how the components may have been a factor in the collision event.
Attendees will be able to demonstrate how to restore a damaged air-brake system on a heavy-duty commercial vehicle to the pre-collision condition for the purpose of collecting data to perform brake efficiency calculations.
The hands-on portion will involve intact and wrecked/out-of-service trucks. There will be sharp things, diesel, grease, and road-grime. As such, attendees should dress accordingly.
The class and inspection area are both at CN Brown at 386 Main Street, Poland ME 04274. They have offered their equipment for our use, as well as a training room.
Lodging and meals will be the responsibility of each attendee.
Lunch will be available to order for delivery each day from a local shop called Dad's Place for $10 per day. Attendees should pay for each day you want when registering. You can order from the menu each morning with few limitations (up to $20). If you want to see the menu first, write me to ask for one, firstname.lastname@example.org. Attendees are also free to make their own arrangements.
The closest and perhaps nicest hotel nearby is the Historic Poland Spring Inn which is less than a mile from the classroom. They offer rooms between $139 and $150, and may have government rate rooms available for $99. https://polandspringresort.com
12 minutes from classroom: The Oxford Casino Hotel has rooms available for $139 per night, but higher on Friday. They do not offer a government rate. https://www.oxfordcasino.com
12 minutes from classroom: Hampton Inn across the street from the Casino has rooms as low as $129 per night with a government rate of $99 but a limited number of rooms. https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/pwmoxhx-hampton-oxford/
The nearest airport is Portland (PWM), about 27 miles away from the training area, and the Augusta airport is 41 miles. There are no taxis to the area. A rental car is suggested.
The class runs late into the day Friday with an exam scheduled, so please plan accordingly.