Halsey King

With more than thirty-six years of experience in the repair, inspection and management of vehicle fleets, Halsey is a regular speaker and writer on maintenance and technology issues. His articles appear in many transportation and engineering magazines and he is published on the Internet.

Prior to becoming an independent maintenance consultant, his direct fleet management responsibilities included a position as Director of Maintenance for Taylor Bus Service, a 3,000 school bus, charter and truck fleet with seventeen operating facilities. Halsey was also the national Director of Maintenance for Dave Transportation Service with thirty-six contracted city bus fleets across the USA.

From 1981 to 1985, he directed the maintenance workforce at Mecca and Medina, Saudi Arabia for the Saudi Arabia Public Transportation Company (SAPTCO). SAPTCO owns 2,850 buses and trucks which operate throughout the Peninsula (*1).

From 1986 to 1990, Halsey operated as L. Halsey King Company, a school bus and commercial vehicle fleet maintenance training organization, under a contract with Eastern Michigan University. Through this effort he provided training to school bus fleet mechanics and bus inspection training for Highway Patrol agencies throughout America.

Halsey has provided consulting services and training to over 900 fleet staffers worldwide, including fleet managers, and their technicians. His work has taken him to England, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Germany, Belgium, Lithuania, and Canada. He currently provides maintenance seminars for state DOT’s and many private organizations and has worked with the nation’s two leading tour bus associations, United MotorCoach Association and American Bus Association.

Halsey has been active in several transportation organizations, including the Transportation Research Board and their Transportation Cooperative Research Programs, the American Trucking Association and the American Public Transportation Association’s Maintenance Council. As a thirty-eight year member, Halsey was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) from 1999 to 2001, and also served on the organizing Board of Governors for SAE’s new Service Technicians Society and SAE’s Truck and Bus Standards Committee. SAE is the leading United States standards development organization for aviation, ocean vessels, and automotive technology standards, and serves over 125,000 members. He is the first person to represent the bus industry at SAE in 75 years.

Halsey mastered the mechanic training programs at Cerritos College, in the city of Cerritos, Ca., Long Beach City College, and Cummins Engine School and received his Journeyman Mechanics license from the State of California in 1972. He received his Designated Subject teaching credentials in 1988 and taught Automotive Fleet Management and Technology at San Diego City Schools.


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