CHATANOOGA, TN — The Heil Institute of Technology announced its 2007 schedule of factory training courses. Most of the classes will be held at the Joseph F. Heil Jr. Education Center, a dedicated training facility adjacent to the Heil Environmental manufacturing plant in Fort Payne, Alabama. To better serve customers in the West, five classes also are planned for Phoenix, Ariz.

All of the classes are designed to provide the technicians who service Heil refuse collection vehicles with a thorough understanding of the products, so they can maintain them more efficiently and effectively. Each class covers basic hydraulics and DC electronics, cycle times and unit operation, in-depth hydraulic system operation, preventative maintenance procedures, adjustments and pressure settings, and other technical aspects of specific Heil bodies. Students taking classes in Fort Payne also tour the manufacturing facility and talk with the professionals who design and build the vehicles, for a more thorough understanding of the products.

“More than 1,000 refuse collection vehicle operators and service technicians receive technical training from Heil each year,” says Joel Barnes, Heil technical training manager. “They learn how to properly maintain Heil refuse collection vehicles to reduce downtime, extend fleet life and increase profitability and productivity.”

The full fee for any of the courses is $500, including comprehensive training aids, lunch each day and a certificate of course completion. Students are responsible for travel, lodging and other meals. Technicians who complete a course are eligible to earn continuing education units (CEUs). Class sizes are limited.

Heil 2007 Technical Training Schedule

Feb. 6-10- Front loaders
Feb. 27-March 2- CP Python
March 13-16*- Rapid Rail automated side loader/STARR System
March 27-30- DuraPack Python
April 24-26*- PLC/ electronics
May 1-3- DuraPack 5000/PowerTrak Commercial rear loaders
May 15-18- Formula 7000 automated side loader
June 5-7- PLC/electronics
July 10-13- Formula 7000 automated side loader
July 24-27- Rapid Rail automated side loader/STARR System
Aug. 28-31- DuraPack Python
Sept. 4-6*- PLC/electronics
Sept. 18-21*- DuraPack Python
Oct. 16-19*- Rapid Rail automated side loader/STARR System
Nov. 6-9- DuraPack Python
* Class will be held in Phoenix.

For more information about technical training available from Heil and to register for a course, visit or call toll-free (800) 251-7258.