This course presents an overview of the principles of friction braking systems and their major components to prepare the new maintenance technician for work on those systems. Course participants engage in a series of activities that help them prepare to work on friction brakes in a maintenance facility for passenger rail cars. Content is supplemented with examples to support participants’ successful application of the course content to their work. This course is organized into six modules. Please note that Module 2 is specific to pneumatic braking and Module 3 to hydraulic braking. The course instructor may choose to use one or both of these modules depending on their training needs.