Lively Paratransit Instructional Program (LPIP)

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Lively Technical College and the Florida Department of Transportation have partnered to form the Lively Paratransit Instructional Program (LPIP). The program purpose is to provide state of the art industry level training to Florida paratransit technicians. LPIP will provide paratransit technicians with quality training and information to facilitate improved performance and efficiency in the public transit area. The training will include classroom and lab settings and will be a resource for training materials and various
tools and equipment used daily throughout the state of Florida.


Paratransit Preventive Maintenance Policies And Procedures

This one-day interactive session will provide agencies with a basic understanding of organizing and monitoring preventive maintenance policies and procedures. Topics to be covered include maintenance plan development, maintaining accurate records, cost analysis, aligning with FDOT procedures ensuring positive safety inspections and outsourcing preventive maintenance responsibilities. This is not designed to be hands-on training but rather a practical application of effective preventive maintenance methods and techniques.

 

Paratransit Preventive Maintenance Technician Professional Development

The Preventative Maintenance Inspection (PMI) professional development session provides technicians with inspection procedures utilizing the required Florida Department of Transportation standards. This training session will range from 1 and 2 days depending on the areas being addressed. Instruction will include all vehicle component inspection, lubrication and operational checks of additional vehicle accessories, wheelchair lifts, onboard fire suppression systems and items using the FDOT inspection form. The session follows FDOT Preventative Maintenance Standards Manual 5th Edition and addressing “A”, “B”, “C” inspections.

Paratransit Technician Technology

Series of seven component-specific training solutions scheduled throughout the year on Lively Technical College campus.
PARATRANSIT TECHNICIAN I

A. Introduction to Paratransit Preventive Maintenance

The Introduction to Paratransit Preventive Maintenance course provides technicians with information regarding vehicle component identification, inspection and maintenance. Shop safety, tools, shop equipment, precision measurement instruments instruction, use of service manuals, shop repair orders and related forms are included. The course includes wheelchair lift inspection, maintenance and lubrication in relation to the PMI process.

B. Paratransit Electrical/Electronic Systems Technician

The Paratransit Electrical/Electronic System Technician course provides technicians with the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose, service and repair basic electrical/electronic systems. Topics include shop safety, electrical theory and circuit diagnosis, cranking batteries, starting and charging systems, instrumentation, lighting and various vehicle accessories.

C. Paratransit Wheelchair Lift Technician

The Paratransit Wheelchair Lift Technician course teaches basic troubleshooting techniques, lift safety features and electrical / hydraulic operation, diagnostics and repairs.

D. Paratransit Gasoline Engine Technician

The Paratransit Gasoline Engine Technician course introduces technicians to the knowledge and skills needed as engine performance/repair technicians. Topics include shop safety, electrical/electronic diagnosis, diagnosis and service of fuel, ignition, emission and electronic engine controls and principles of engine operation.

E. Paratransit Steering/Suspension Technician

The Paratransit Steering/Suspension Technician course provides technicians with skills needed to inspect, service and maintain steering and suspension components. Included are chassis components and type identification, alignment theory and procedures and system operation, diagnosis and repair.

PARATRANSIT TECHNICIAN II

A. Paratransit Hydraulic Brake Technician

The Paratransit Hydraulic Brake Technician course provides technicians with skills needed to inspect, service and maintain hydraulic brake systems. Topics include shop safety, basic electrical/electronic theory and hydraulic brake system operation, diagnosis and repair.

B. Paratransit Engine Electrical and Electronics Technician

The Paratransit Engine Electrical and Electronics Technician course includes study on modern engine electronic controls, component identification, the operation of sensors, actuators and emission systems.

C. Paratransit Drivetrain Technician

The Paratransit Drivetrain Technician course provides technicians with the skills to inspect, service and maintain transmissions, transaxles, and drivelines. Topics include automatic transmission/transaxle operation, service and diagnosis, drive shaft operation, service and diagnosis and differential operation, service and diagnosis.

D. Paratransit Intermediate Electrical Systems Technician

The Paratransit Intermediate Electrical Systems Technician course prepares technicians on a more advanced skill set for use in specific transit electrical systems. Transit vehicle starting, charging and battery systems are major components of the course.

E. Paratransit Air Brake Technician

The Paratransit Air Brake Technician course provides technicians with skills needed to inspect, service and maintain air braking systems. Topics include shop safety, air supply valves, lines and components, mechanical brake system operation, diagnosis and repair.

PARATRANSIT TECHNICIAN III

A. Paratransit Alternative Fuels Technician

The Paratransit Alternative Fuels Technician course includes operation, service, maintenance and safety on transit vehicles using alternative fuels. Instruction includes Compressed Natural Gas and propane fueled vehicles.

B. Paratransit Advanced Electrical Systems Technician

Paratransit Advanced Electrical Systems Technicians course emphasizes skills needed to perform advanced level service, diagnostics and repair on transit electrical components. Included are complex electrical schematics and multiplex wiring systems.

C. Paratransit Heating Air Conditioning Ventilation Systems Technician

The Paratransit Heating Air Conditioning Ventilation Systems Technician course provides technicians with skills needed to service HVAC systems. Topics include basic shop safety, HVAC systems electrical/electronic theory and HVAC controls along with operation, diagnosis and servicing of vehicle HVAC systems.

D. Paratransit Transmission Diagnosis, Rebuild and Repair Technician

The Paratransit Transmission Diagnosis, Rebuild and Repair Technician course includes in-depth automatic transmission instruction. Technicians will learn component identification, tear down and rebuild procedures.

E. Paratransit Engine Diagnosis, Rebuild and Repair Technician

The Paratransit Engine Diagnosis, Rebuild and Repair Technician course includes in-depth engine instruction. Students will learn component identification, tear down and rebuild procedures

 

ELIGIBILITY

 

Those eligible to participate must meet the following requirements:

1. Must be a Florida transit agency employee or outsourced maintenance contractor.

2. Must be granted transit agency approval.

3. Must complete all required OJT obligations.

4. Must be a Florida resident.

 

TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENT

 

Travel expenses will be reimbursed for eligible participants. Participants must travel more than 50 miles one way from their home agency to be eligible for reimbursement of travel, meals and lodging. Lodging and car rental arrangements will be made through Lively Technical College. Participants should indicate on the application a need for a rental car.