Yearly Archives: 2016

EPA 2016 School Bus Replacement Rebates Available

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2016 School Bus Replacement and Retrofit Funding Opportunity.  This is a rebate program to replace and retrofit older school buses in both the public and private fleets.  The total funding for this opportunity is approximately $7 million. To learn more about the rebate program, applicant eligibility, and the selection process, please visit www2.epa.gov/cleandiesel/clean-diesel-rebates.

EPA will accept rebate applications until Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 4 pm EDT.  Applicants may request to replace up to ten buses per application and retrofit ten buses per application with a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst plus Closed Crankcase Ventilation system.  Fleets with 101 or more buses may submit two applications.  Applications may be downloaded from www2.epa.gov/cleandiesel/2016-school-bus-rebate-supporting-documents.  Completed applications should be emailed to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov.

EPA will offer a webinar for interested applicants on Friday, October 7, 2016, at 1 pm EDT.  The webinar link is https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2323857777182198529 and the call-in number is 866-299-3188, access code 20 2343 9571.

Questions about the program should be sent to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov.

Blue Bird Tech Training Scheduled

Looking for additional technician training on your recent Blue Bird All American T3RE school buses? We have a class scheduled this summer just for you! Here’s what on tap:

Blue Bird All American T3 Rear Engine Two Day Workshop

  • Conducted by a Blue Bird Factory Trainer
  • Focused on multiple T3RE chassis and body systems
  • Provides opportunity to ask questions of Blue Bird
  • Registration includes TechReference DVD and printed T3RE Service Manuals

August 18 – 19, 2016
8 am to 4 pm, lunch included
Training held at Western Bus Sales facility in Boring, OR
Trainer: Blue Bird Factory Trainer
30355 SE Highway 212, Boring, OR 97009
Class is Free

* Limited to two (2) technicians per district/contractor. 

Visit the Registration Page to secure your spot today!

Join Our Service Tech Team!

We currently have openings to join our growing Service Team. We’re looking for a few good technicians in the Portland metro area who are interested in working for a family-owned business with an excellent reputation and stellar group of team members. Are you looking to join a team that feels like family, that works hard but has fun too, coupled with a very competitive benefit package? Then read on and contact us about this great opportunity!

DIESEL TECHNICIAN

WBS is looking for experienced gas /diesel technicians. The position is full time and is located at our main office in Boring, Oregon. WBS is a NAPA Certified Truck repair shop with an onsite NAPA parts store and warehouse.

WBS is a certified repair facility for Blue Bird, Cummins, ROUSH CleanTech, MCC, TransAir, Webasto, Onspot, Ricon, and Braun among many others. Preference will be given to truck, bus and / or heavy equipment experience. Knowledge of Ford & GM chassis is a definite asset. The applicant should possess strong trouble shooting skills. The mechanical work will be varied and will performed on trucks, school and commercial buses, and RVs.

For more information on the position, visit our Careers page.

The pay scale is competitive and will be determined based upon experience and ability to perform the necessary job duties. Robust medical/dental/vision benefits, 401k match, profit sharing, life insurance and long term disability insurance are just some of the many fringe benefits offered.

INTERESTED?

Please email your resume to the attention of: Matt Fery.

Faxes are also welcome: 503-905-0003

Blue Bird Tech Training at STN

Blue Bird just announced a Technician Training workshop at the STN EXPO Conference and Trade Show in Reno. This training package gets you 2½ days of training on the latest technical aspects of Blue Bird buses, which includes a continental breakfast each morning, lunch the first full day, service manuals, plus admission to the STN Tradeshow and STN Social – all for just $250! They will be covering multiple topics, including:

  • Electrical
  • Multiplex Diagnostics
  • Instrumentation
  • Engine Emissions
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Propane Fuel System
  • and More!

To register for this Blue Bird training package, visit Blue Bird’s registration page.

Propane Tech Training Registration open

Here’s what on tap:

PROPANE AUTOGAS SCHOOL BUS TECH WORKSHOP

  • Fuel system overview
  • Ford engine and transmission components
  • Component breakout sessions
    • In-tank, underbody, and engine bay components
  • Diagnostic breakout sessions
    • Fuel system depressurization, bugged vehicles, component testing
  • Training will include both classroom time and hands-on tasks in small groups

WHO – WHAT – WHEN  – WHERE
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

8 am to 5 pm, lunch included
Training held at Western Bus Sales facility in Boring, OR
Trainer: Technical Specialists from ROUSH, Ford, and Blue Bird
30355 SE Highway 212, Boring, OR 97009
Class is Free

*Limited to two (2) technicians per location depending on available space. Register now!

REGISTER HERE

Save-The-Date For Tech Training

Here’s what on tap:

PROPANE AUTOGAS SCHOOL BUS TECH WORKSHOP

  • Fuel system overview, propane properties, and shop safety
  • Ford engine and transmission components
  • Component breakout sessions
    • In-tank, underbody, and engine bay components
  • Diagnostic breakout sessions
    • Fuel system depressurization, bugged vehicles, component testing
  • Training will include both classroom time and hands-on tasks in small groups

WHO – WHAT – WHEN  – WHERE
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

8 am to 5 pm, lunch included
Training held at Western Bus Sales facility in Boring, OR
Trainer: Technical Specialists from ROUSH, Ford, and Blue Bird
30355 SE Highway 212, Boring, OR 97009
Class is Free

REGISTRATION IS NOT YET OPEN. Watch for the registration link on our Training Page, coming soon!

Alternatives to Vans & Suburbans – the MPV!

Does your school operate Suburbans or vans as Type 10 vehicles? If so, it’s time to consider your options.

The Micro Bird T-Series Multi-Purpose Passenger Vehicle offers significant safety advantages over Suburbans and vans at a very comparable price:

  • 9 passengers plus the driver for a total of 10
  • Built with the same stringent school bus construction standards
  • Wide center aisle and higher 66″ headroom for ease of passenger loading and unloading
  • Better visibility to the road and loading door
  • More seating space with 3 point lap/shoulder belt seats for all passengers
  • Similar in price to a new Suburban with significantly greater safety features

Learn more about how the Micro Bird by Girardin MPV activity bus product can fit in your fleet HERE.

Field Service Tech Transition

Bill Clark has faithfully served as our Western Field Service Technician for over 14 years, and been with WBS for almost 16 years. He has traveled almost half a million miles in his various service trucks. It is with bittersweet feelings that I announce that Bill will be retiring from the road and Western Bus Sales this winter. This will allow him to stay closer to home, and I’m sure that includes spending time with his grandkids and those fish he’s always trying to catch. Please join me in wishing Bill well in this true next adventure in his life. He will be missed dearly!

At this time, we are announcing that Dustin Deppenmeier will step into the role of Field Service Technician for our Western Oregon and SW Washington customers, effective immediately. Dustin has been a Service Technician with WBS for over 2 years and is and will continue undergoing training to get him up to speed as quickly as possible. He has big shoes to fill.

Over the next several weeks and months, Bill will be traveling with Dustin to our customers to make introductions, as well as continue warranty diagnosis and bus repairs that are in the pipeline.  Dustin’s scheduled work week will be 5 days a week, Monday through Friday.

We have had an incredibly long run with Bill as our Western Field Service Technician, as he has been serving our customers in the field for over 14 years. With any change predictably will come some bumps in the road and opportunities for improvement. I am confident that the entire WBS team will proudly support Dustin as he moves into this new and very important position.

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Dustin Deppenmeier
Western Field Service Technician
Cell (971) 563-1778
Email Here
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