Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems C0233

Topics: Chassis, Air Frame, Vehicle Dynamics

Increased public pressure to improve commercial truck safety and new stopping distance regulations have intensified the need to better understand the factors influencing heavy vehicle braking performance. To assist individuals and their organizations in preparing for these new truck braking standards, this seminar focuses attendees on understanding medium-duty hydraulic brake systems and heavy-duty air brake systems and how both systems' performance can be predicted, maintained and optimized. The function and application of the major brake system components will be explained and attendees will discover how brakes, tires and roadways interact as a system. Federal braking regulations for both hydraulic and air brake vehicles will also be covered. Attendees will receive the text, "Commercial Vehicle Braking Systems: Air Brakes, ABS and Beyond," written by Leonard C. Buckman.


This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 18 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should mail a copy of their course certificate and the $5 student CEU fee to ACTAR, PO Box 1493, North Platte, NE 69103.

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Design safe and efficient braking systems
  • Test and measure braking performance
  • Maintain and troubleshoot braking systems
  • Comply with state and federal regulations on brakes
  • Describe the brake implications of accident investigation

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for engineers and technicians who are involved in the design, development and testing of heavy vehicle brakes. Fleet personnel involved with safety and brake system specification and maintenance, driver-trainers, and truck accident investigators will also find this course of value.


"A thorough educational experience and a must of anyone in the HD braking business."
Brendan Morris
Sales Manager


"If you want to learn about brake systems, this is the best course to take."
Dean Inniger
Product Designer
International Truck and Engine


"This was an excellent seminar, by far the most useful seminar I have taken. Practical statistical analysis."
Michael Klatt
Wabco Compressor Mfg. Co.


"This seminar was informative and not only covered today's technology, but what the industry proposes on the horizon. I recommend this to anyone who needs to gain extensive technical knowledge in this industry."
Len Gonzalez
Southeast Regional Sales Manager
MGM Brakes


"An excellent, comprehensive course professionally presented."
Dan Mrzena
SMP Vehicle Systems Engineering Manager
Department of National Defence, Canada


"An excellent course which provides a comprehensive overview of braking systems for Commercial Vehicles."
Earl Brown
Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager
TMD Friction

"As a former sales and technical trainer I thought this material was direct, to the point and that Paul's experience was great for this type of class."
Rick Burleson
Northwest Regional Sales Manager
Indian Head Industries



You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

  • Medium Truck Hydraulic Brake Actuation Systems
  • Heavy Truck, Bus & Trailer Air Actuation Systems
  • Brake Actuation Components - Function, Advantages/disadvantages, Applications
  • Foundation Brakes - Cam, Wedge, Air Disc, Hydraulic Disc
  • Braking Performance Fundamentals
  • Maintenance and its Impact on Performance
  • Brake Force Distribution
  • Heavy Vehicle Dynamics and Tire Characteristics
  • Thermal Considerations
  • Tractor - Trailer Brake Compatibility
  • Truck & Tractor Air Antilock Braking Systems
  • Trailer Air Antilock Braking Systems
  • Hydraulic Antilock Braking Systems
  • Electronic Data Communication
  • Automatic Traction Control Systems (ATC)
  • Electronically Controlled Braking Systems (ECBS or "Brake-by-Wire")
  • Electronic Stability Control and Roll Stability Control - Extended Applications of Electronics in Braking
  • Brake Testing Procedures
  • NHTSA and FMCSA Commercial Vehicle Brake Regulations
Paul Johnston

Paul Johnston is Senior Director of Compression and Braking at Meritor WABCO and is responsible for application engineering, product planning and new product development.  Previously at ArvinMeritor, Johnston was Senior Director of the North American Foundation Brake Business Unit and Worldwide Director of Product Engineering for the CVS Worldwide Braking Division. Since 1980 he has been acquiring experience in commercial vehicle air and hydraulic braking systems and products.  A member of SAE International, Mr. Johnston was the recipient of the 2007 SAE Award for Outstanding Technical Committee Service.  Mr. Johnston is active in the Truck & Bus Council, Truck & Bus Brake Committee, and related subcommittees to develop new brake products and system recommended practices. Mr. Johnston's experience includes that of Chairman and member of the Heavy Duty Brake Manufacturers Council.  He  has been involved in the Technology & Maintenance Council and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance regarding technical products and commercial vehicle practices.  Mr. Johnston received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio Northern University, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cleveland State University, and a M.B.A. from Baldwin Wallace College.


Duration: 0 Day
CEUs: 2.0

Format: Classroom

Event ID: 7127

Location: Troy, Michigan

Session Info:

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Fees: $1,699.00

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