Category Archives: Service

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!

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
Toll-Free Office (800) 258-2473

EPA 2015 School Bus Replacement Rebates

EPA’s National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 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 Friday, October 30, 2015, 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/2015-school-bus-rebate-supporting-documents.  Completed applications should be emailed to CleanDieselRebate@epa.gov.  Please include your organization’s name in the subject line.

EPA will offer a webinar for interested applicants on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 2pm EDT.  The webinar link is https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2323857777182198529 and the call-in number is 314-627-1518, access code 537-048-931.

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

Tech Training Class FULL

We received an overwhelming response to our Technician Training Workshop titled “Diesel Emissions 101: What Techs REALLY Need to Know,” and the class is now full.

You may still register for a spot on the wait list via the Registration Page. If space becomes available due to cancellations, you will be notified.

Look for our next Technician Workshop announcement coming soon!

Technician Training Scheduled

As part of our new year round Technician Training program, we will be hosting more frequent one day or two day workshops in addition to our annual Blue Bird Service Training Workshop, typically held in the summer. Here’s what on tap:

DIESEL EMISSIONS 101: What Techs REALLY Need to Know

  • Evolution of aftertreatment specific to the Cummins engine in Blue Bird applications from 2007 to current
  • Theory and operation of all three emission levels
  • How to triage: what does this fault code mean?
  • Dash indicators and specific instrument warnings
  • Cummins InSite features and benefits: will be hooked up live to a Cummins engine and displayed on our 10′ projection screen
  • The Blue Bird difference

Thursday, October 29, 2015
8 am to 4 pm, lunch included
Training held at Western Bus Sales facility in Boring, OR
Trainer: Luke Myers, Product Support Manager
30355 SE Highway 212, Boring, OR 97009
Class is Free

Visit the Registration Page to secure your spot today!

Summer Swing of Things

Our new Service Building opened in the spring of 2015, and is going strong through this very busy summer. All ten (10) bays are full of vehicles in for annual inspections, heavy duty engine repairs, or any other number of complex service jobs. We have a great team of Technicians and Service Writers who are enjoying the new digs on our expansive property here in Boring.

We welcome anyone in the neighborhood, or passing by on their way over Mt Hood, to stop in for a quick tour of the new building. We’d love to show you around!

 

 

Construction Progress

As the year draws to a successful close, we are that much closer to the opening of our new additional Service Building. We expect to be moved in late February and the building is really taking shape. Stay posted for more updates as opening day approaches.

On another note, check out our awesome find from the Pendleton Grain Growers auction earlier this month. It’s 1950s vintage and the neon still works …

neon sign

Breaking Ground!

On September 23, 2014,  construction began on our new Service building on our current property in Boring, OR. This exciting expansion offers:

  • Freestanding building with 14,175 sq. ft. single story plus 2,100 sq.ft. mezzanine
  • Ten (10) total service bays, 20′ wide by 52′ deep
  • Covered & paved pickup/dropoff area
  • Large customer waiting lounge

Estimated date of completion is late January. Watch for updates on our progress and pardon our dust if you come to our facility.

We are very excited to embark on this “next step” in providing all our service customers with honest and thorough repairs and maintenance for their vehicles.

Check out what the new building will look like – WBS Service Building Elevations

Blue Bird Tech Training @ STN

Blue Bird is now accepting enrollment for a three-day technical training course held at the STN Expo in Reno, Nevada throughout the dates of July 28 – 30, 2014. This training will cover technical topics on all Blue Bird and Micro Bird products. Subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • Electrical
  • Multiplex Diagnostics
  • Instrumentation
  • Engine Emissions
  • Bendix ADB22X Air Disc BRakes
  • ROUSH CleanTech Propane Autogas Fuel System

This training provides the perfect opportunity for technicians to further their Blue Bird expertise and interact with other school bus technicians. Additionally, participants have the opportunity to network with hundreds of school district and contractor professionals across North America. Cost for the training is $250 which also includes admission to the STN Expo (trade show) and the STN Social.

Details & Registration Link: www.blue-bird.com/techtraining

Download the 2014 STN Tech Training Flyer