BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association (TIA) plans to hold Automotive Tire Service (ATS) Advanced Instructor Training courses at seven locations across the U.S. during 2019, starting Feb. 5-8 in Charlotte, N.C.
The four-day, hands-on training classes are designed certify individuals as advanced ATS instructors, allowing them to certify ATS instructors and technicians in the field.
The basic ATS course is designed to educate tire technicians on the proper safety procedures and guidelines for servicing passenger and light truck tire and wheel assemblies. Most of the classes will be held at local community and technical colleges.
The full schedule is:
- Feb. 5-8 – Charlotte, N.C.;
- March 26-29 – Louisville, Ky.;
- May 21-24 – Mission Viejo, Calif.;
- July (dates to be determined) – Dallas;
- Aug. 13-16 – Denver;
- Sept. 10-13 – Seattle;
- Nov. 12-15 – Baltimore.
The ATS Program is a 300- and 400-level certification that provides in-depth and comprehensive instruction on the recommended procedures for servicing modern automobiles and light trucks.
Certified ATS is designed for the professional passenger and light truck tire technician so the subjects range from the relationship between torque and clamping force to the TPMS relearn and diagnostic procedures on domestic and import vehicles.
Certified ATS also includes an exclusive module on tire conditions analysis that use images from TIA's Passenger and Light Truck Tire Conditions Manual to educate technicians on the most likely reasons for common irregular treadwear patterns.
Among those that sponsored the 2018 Training Tour were: 31 Inc.; Allpart Supply Inc.; ATEQ; Bartec USA; Steelman Select Sensor; Modern Tire Dealer; Pacific Industrial Co. Ltd.; REDI Sensor (Continental the Americas); Rubber Inc.; and Schrader Performance Sensors.