July 16 - 19, 2018 in Williamsport, PA
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2018 Seminar Descriptions

Below you will find a topically outlined, alphabetical (last name) presenter based listing of the titles, descriptions, and lengths of seminars given at NACAT 2018. You may click on the following headings to skip to the topical list: INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES or VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY

Click the presenter's name to see their background information.


Instructional Techniques

Daniel Brown - Lucas-Nuelle Inc.

Teaching HEVs and EVs With a Focus on ASE L3

This class will take a close look at whats needed for the ASE L3 test and some of the ways that you can prepare your students. Focus will be on the task list and understanding the systems used in HEVs and EVs and how these can be taught in the class.

Topics will include:

  • Safety around high voltage systems
  • HV shut down procedures
  • Diagnosis including insulation testing
  • Operation of various types of hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Charging PHEV and EVs

Jeff Curtis, Educational Specialist - ConsuLab

Tim Dwyer, Educational Specialist - ConsuLab

Iron Sharpens Iron

Every year more and more automotive instructors attend the NACAT conference and we realize what a resource this is to the new instructor as well as the veteran instructor. So, we want to tap into all the collective experience that is available! This presentation will be by you and for you – today's automotive instructor in today's classroom!

We first want you to share your takeaway from this conference - what did you learn and what will you take back to your own classroom and apply?

Then, what we want to accomplish here is to share ideas of what you are doing in your classroom that is working (or NOT working!)! So, now is your chance to make a short 5 minute presentation and let's spread the good stuff around! Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space – ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Or you are encouraged to just come and lurk!

The depth of knowledge and experience from all the dedicated instructors attending NACAT absolutely has to be shared for the benefit of our students. Come join us and let's see where this goes!

Team-Based Learning - your next move!

Team-Based Learning (TBL) is an instructional strategy that has been presented at NACAT conferences in the past, but time didn't permit helping you get started changing your own classrooms.

This is an opportunity for teachers interested in TBL to (re)design and (re)construct one of their courses using the Team-Based Learning model developed by organizational psychologist Larry K. Michaelsen. The TBL design strategy proposes a set of specific instructional protocols and practices that actively promote student ownership of their learning, as well as a sense of responsibility to the community that is created in the classroom.

Come participate in a team-based exercise where we will review the Readiness Assessment Process and then actually develop application exercises as teams in a hands on workshop designed to teach you how to implement this strategy back to your classroom.

By the end of this session participants will have made visible progress toward redesigning a course using the TBL framework, and will be ready to redesign and deliver any future courses using TBL.

Karen Fancher, Account Manager - CDX Learning Systems

Teaching with CDX

See how CDX is delivering objective-based learning that helps you get students industry ready by spending more time in the shop. Every participant will receive trial access to our newest interactive content along with tips and classroom resources. Topics will include:

  • Addressing various learning styles & requirements
  • Learning CDX System Admin Features
  • Digital Tasksheet Storage

Dick Krieger, Educational Specialist - ConsuLab

45 Tips to Improve Your Program's Viability

Do you have frustrations as an automotive teacher? The answer is absolutely, YES and they are pretty much universal to every instructor in the country. What seems like insurmountable problems and challenges may have solutions. This class presents proven ideas, strategies, plans, and ideas that if adopted can certainly result in your program's growth and viability. Teaching automotive technology has never been easy and in some ways, is becoming increasingly more difficult today. Keep an open mind as these ideas are discussed and presented. They are the cumulation of some of the best instructors and programs in the county. Will they work for you? After the session, I firmly believe that you will gladly embrace many ideas perhaps new to you. Many instructors throughout the country have stated that this clas has "saved their program" and they are much appreciative of the resources and strategies this class covers. A comprehensive class handout will be provided as well as a downloadable version for free. Come and listen to what other instructors are doing and how they have solved many of their common frustrations.


This class will present teaching methods for the operation, use and diagnostic application using the DSO with students. Whether you are familiar with a scope or not, this "hands-on" class will provide you with valuable information needed for instructors and students to become comfortable using this very crucial diagnostic tool. The class will provide real "live" voltage and current engine performance signals for each participant to observe, adjust and interpret on their individual and provided scopes. A comprehensive handout covering the class topics, tips on purchasing DSO's for the classroom and proven learning resources will be provided during the class. An instructional Power Point will also be made available to attendees. This class runs in conjunction to PART TWO and should be taken first.

Gary La Rosa, Author - CDX Learning Systems

Service is Not a Sales Position

Learn how to train your students for the important role of service advising, where the expectations of the customer, the technician, and the business all must balance. Come away with teaching tips, scenarios, and exercises you can use in the classroom to build student skills in writing, communicating, and relationship management.

  • How to teach students to apply interpersonal skills to establish and build customer trust
  • How to create opportunities to build writing skills for digital communications and repair orders

Jorge Menchu, Owner - AES Wave

A Foundational Framework for Waveform Analysis

It is one thing to understand waveforms through pattern matching. It is another to actually understand them. This is a unique class about the "waveform simple stuff" that in some cases is not so simple - The principles and mechanics of a waveform, and, the mechanics of guiding the waveform analysis process.

From a purely educational standpoint, If you are an educator currently working in the classroom, let me share with you some unique insights I have learned over the past 25 years of studying the interaction of teaching and talking about waveform analysis. And…show you why the lab scope/waveform is one of the most important teaching/learning tools.

Wiring Diagram Color-Coding

Wiring Diagram Color-Coding™ is a powerful "knowledge assembly" tool. It's based on the principles of mechanics and helps the user (learner, student) visually organize a diagram by making comprehension easier and quicker. For classroom education, the Wiring Diagram Color-Coding™ process can be used as a starting point for leading you and your students to specific discussion points such as: a particular electrical component, a circuit or system strategy, current verse voltage, voltmeter verse lab scope, diagnostics and reverse engineering. But perhaps the most important focal point is that it can be used to help your students develop the learning and self-awareness needed to become their own best teacher. (This presentation is intended for educators currently working in the classroom).

Stan Moczulski, Fleet Program Manager - Today's Class

Today's Class: Opportunities, Test Boards and Workplace Readiness

Today's Class over the last year has been working with schools, fleets, and equipment manufacturers to create an awesome opportunity for a seamless transition to business and industry for our students. But entry level employees still don't quite have the workplace readiness skills in order. Thats where we come in!

Today's Class has developed a relationship with ELENCO Electronics and we now have available test board kits that will allow students to perform manipulative skill projects at the same time as doing online training. We will demo this new opportunity for Instructors!

Jim Morton, Owner - MATS

Using Analogies to teach Technical information

It is no secret that all of our students don't learn the same way. I have found that by using an already known piece of information, then applying that knowledge to an automotive circuit increases the understanding.

Examples like using a straw to drink a soda can be used to understand Pressure Differential in Fuel Injection circuits. Using a set of Acetylene Torches can GREATLY increase your students understanding of the combustion chamber.

We will see that it is OK to Think and Teach "Out-of-the-Box".

Andrew Ouimet, Marketing Manager - Cengage

S/P2 and Cengage: Preparing Students for the Workforc

Want to learn how Cengage is helping to prepare students for the workforce? Join Cengage and S/P2 as we discuss our new partnership and the integration of S/P2's industry specific training programs into our innovative platform, MindTap. Also, discover how Cengage is addressing affordability and career readiness with our first-of-its-kind digital subscription, Cengage Unlimited. Cengage is giving you everything we've got - and MORE!

Ryan Primeau, Automotive Instructor - Nova Career Centre

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

What is a PLC? A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a group of educators that meet regularly, share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of the their students.

This seminar will discuss how a PLC mindset can change the way we do our jobs, benefitting both our students and ourselves.

Jeffrey Rehkopf, Professor - Florida State College

Online Resources That Work for Me (and maybe for you, too).

These are the online and computer-based products that I use in my classes (post secondary). They don't cost much, require minimal (or no) IT support, exist on the cloud for easy access, and don't quit working between terms and semesters (like Blackboard does at my school). NOTE: This will be a Power Point-Free Presentation.

Subjects will include:

  • for safety and environmental instruction and validation.
  • TestGen and Pearson test banks, for quick test preparation.
  • Using MyAutomotiveLab to make homework and testing easier for students and teacher.
  • Using Electude for theory, discussion, arguments, STEM coverage, and other fun stuff

(I do NOT work for Electude).

Dr. Andy Rezin, Author - Pearson Higher Ed

Teaching more effectively using Adult Learning Principles

Based upon a train-the-trainer seminar that he offers to apprenticeship instructors across the Midwest, Dr. Rezin will explore the principles of adult learning and how they apply in the automotive classroom.

Adults learn differently than children. If you wonder why your students don't seem to want to pay attention or just 'don't get it' ... maybe it is because you 'don't get them'! Join me as we explore and talk about how and where a 'different way of looking at you audience' through the eyes of adult learning theory may help you improve your performance, and theirs. You'll be glad that you did!

  • You're teaching adults, not children!
  • Reaching your students where they are.

Al Santini, Technical Trainer - ConsuLab

Teaching Computer Control Using Cause and Effect Relationships

This seminar will emphasize how to teach computer control by using the cause and effect relationship present. We will use a DMM, scanner and a DSO comparing how a signal effects a computer output. This ConsuLab sponsored PowerPoint based presentation will include live demonstrations, and will have a comprehensive handout.

  • Will give instructors something they can use immediately
  • Show a possibly different method of teaching computer control

Teaching Modern Ignition Systems

This seminar will look at the different types of ignition systems currently on the road. We will use a DMM and a DSO to analyze the information that students need to correctly diagnose and repair the ignition system. The emphasis will be on giving you information that you can use immediately in your classroom. This ConsuLab sponsored seminar will include a comprehensive handout and be PowerPoint based.

  • Using a DMM and DSO to look at ignition systems
  • Give you information in a demonstration format that is immediately useable

Teaching Ohms Law and Circuits Hands-On

This seminar will emphasize the teaching of Ohms Law and circuits in a hands-on format. We will use multiple ConsuLab trainers and show a method of teaching this very important concept totally hands-on. The method works either with or without trainers. This ConsuLab sponsored seminar will include a comprehensive handout and be Hands-On. It will be presented in a need to know fashion.

  • Teaching Ohms Law and circuits hands-on
  • Will show how to teach the building blocks of the modern electronic systems

Using a DSO in the Classroom (part 2 which follows Dick Krieger's part 1)

This seminar will be a continuation of the part one intro to DSO's. We will use a trainer to generate patterns from fuel injectors, ignition systems, MAF, and fuel pumps. We will use the previous information on using the DSO to show how teaching pattern analysis can be used to show how a component actually functions. The ConsuLab sponsored hands-on presentation will be PowerPoint based and include a comprehensive handout. You MUST have been in Part One to attend this presentation.

  • Hands-on setting of a DSO to look at various sensors
  • Analysis of pattern in a manner than is immediately useful

Skip Saurman, Education Consultant - Megatech Corporation

FREE Automotive Training Aids!

Come on, now . . . you don't believe anything is free, do you? No, but we'll show you how to purchase quality automotive trainers, obtain assistance for program accreditation, procure tools and equipment and other necessities through constructive grant writing. There's only two people who can write an effective grant. One is a grant writer who usually doesn't know anything about the automotive program and the other is the automotive instructor who usually doesn't know how to write a grant. We'll attempt to fix that and provide you with plenty of resources, too.

  • How to write an effective automotive grant
  • Grant writing ideas, tips and resources

Understanding Sensors and Control in Automotive Applications

Hands-on demonstrations through active participation to help your students understand sensors and control in automotive systems; including specific automotive components, circuitry, and the Electronic Control Unit or ECU. Digital and analog inputs, computer processing, and actuators/outputs will be covered with simple worksheets, experiments and discussions.

If you've got a portable lab scope, feel free to bring it along!

  • Hands-on theory and instruction with unique automotive training aids
  • Specific lab scope waveform interpretations for various automotive sensors

Greg Settle, Director of National Initiatives - TechForce Foundation

FutureTech Success Industry Initiative- helping solve the technician shortage

The FutureTech Success® industry initiative is an industry-wide collaboration to inspire middle and high school students to explore technician careers in the transportation industry. FutureTech Success is the cornerstone initiative of TechForce Foundation, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to champion students to and through their education and into careers as profession technicians. FutureTech Success harnesses the collective resources of the transportation industry to develop tomorrow's workforce of qualified technicians by 1) increasing awareness & enthusiasm for the profession; 2) providing resources to help access quality education for those with financial need; and 3) connecting trained techs and industry through mentorship and career opportunities. TechForce awards more than $1.5 million annually in scholarships and grants.

This seminar will:

  • Provide additional information about the overall mission of FutureTech Success and how you can get involved
  • Walk through resources that are available through the TechForce Foundation website
  • Explain the upcoming on-line TechForce program that will allow schools to request training aids, tools, equipment and supplies.

Thomas Snyder, President - Electude USA

Matching the Learning Materials to the Learners

Study after study show that today's automotive students resist reading traditional textbooks. So if the wall of words is a problem, what is the solution?

Many instructors are using alternative learning materials to have their students learn with improved results. Automotive students have different learning styles and need to be engaged differently. Traditional learning materials, which we all grew up with and are all comfortable with, are often not the best way to teach today's learners.

This presentation will give the attendees some new ideas, challenge some common practices and provide insight into how other instructors deal with similar challenges. It will focus on concepts that the attendees can apply to their own educational setting.

  • Find out why the same student can focus for hours on a video game but struggles to focus in class or read a homework assignment.
  • A comparison will be made between American automotive education and the European (German) approach.

Derek Stacey, Automotive Department Head - Nova Career Centre

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

What is a PLC? A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a group of educators that meet regularly, share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of the their students.

This seminar will discuss how a PLC mindset can change the way we do our jobs, benefitting both our students and ourselves.

Grant Swaim, Owner - Digital Automotive

Effective Assessment Development

he goal on this presentation is to train automotive instructors so they can create their own quality test banks. Instructors shouldn't be locked into just using test banks provided by courseware providers. Plus, instructors often provide additional information that is not covered in the courseware and it too should be included in the course assessments.

It is ultimately the instructor's responsibility to deliver assessments to a class, based on the following criteria:

  • Deliver assessments to the students that document mastery of the course's learning objectives
  • Deliver assessments that go beyond remembering and understanding and target higher order thinking
  • Follow proven question development standards that do not add unnecessary cognitive load on the student

Some of the major points covered in the presentation are:

  • Address concerns about online testing and how to mitigate them
  • Discover all the benefits of online testing and learn how to leverage them
  • Cover which type of questions to use and the most effective way to write them
  • Address the still relevant Bloom's Taxonomy and learn how to write questions that address higher order thinking

Catherine Treanor, UK Business Development Manager - Electude

Recruiting and Retaining women in Automotive Technology

To you that may be a voltage reading on a injector. The harsh reality is that 7.3 is the percentage of female technicians in the US. In my presentation I am going to discuss why this number is so low and provide methods to help automotive teachers increase the number of girls on motor vehicle courses. I will talk about my experiences as a female technician within the industry and then open the floor to give you the opportunity to share techniques and experiences to fellow teachers.

  • Female Perspective on the Automotive Industry, giving real life techniques and expericencs.
  • Opportunity to dicuss the topic in open floor dicussion.

Craig Van Batenburg, CEO - ACDC Hybrid / EV Training

The Army Men Keep Marching

Electrical Analysis for the Confused continues.. There are three parts to this class. Army Man I is basic DC power and Army Man II is AC power. Army Man III is all new and was presented last year at NACAT. We have tweaked it a bit. Using Army Men and introducing some new players we will get inside a computer. As cars get more complex, many students (and some teachers) give up. Once you can visualize a concept, it gets easier to go down that road. Army Men work in similar ways but we have some new Army Men of different ranks and they are on a mission in sensors, communication wires, resistors, diodes and much more. What is a software update? ACDC owns the "Army Man" concepts, but willingly shares it with those that attend our classes.

Deb Van Batenburg, VP of Communication - ACDC Hybrid / EV Training

Different Strokes for Different Folks

What would you do if you had a Student who has decided to identify with a Gender that is different from their birth Gender Identity. How would you lead your classroom in accepting the issues that may arise? Investigating your own feelings or opinions can affect your ability to respond in a leadership role. Are you ready to work with your administration on Gender Identity and Gender Equality Issues. Come learn the language that will help you be more comfortable and confident around these lifestyle issues. I have taught this several times and it is always lively and informative.

  • Come get comfortable with a subject that may feel uncomfortable
  • Learn the correct words and language to use in discussing Gender Identity

Darcy Wedel, North American Sales Manager - Electude

Strategies for Teaching Diagnostics

It's hard to imagine a car without a brake pedal or steering wheel, but that's exactly where we're headed in just a few short years. So what skills will tomorrow's technician need to possess?

Surely a complete knowledge of electricity, electronics and computer networks is a must. Together with the ability to assimilate new information and put it to work quickly, having already developed critical thinking and problem solving skills early on in their training.

In this session we will discuss:

  • strategies for teaching diagnostics
  • activities to better prepare students for the uncertain challenges of tomorrow.

Eric Wilson, Automotive Instructor - Nova Career Centre

Professional Learning Communities (PLC)

What is a PLC? A Professional Learning Community (PLC) is a group of educators that meet regularly, share expertise and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of the their students.

This seminar will discuss how a PLC mindset can change the way we do our jobs, benefitting both our students and ourselves.

Shaun Witmer, Instructional Designer - Subaru of America, Inc.

Utilization of Arduino Uno As A Training Device

This seminar will introduce the affordable Arduino Uno programmable computer as a versatile training device. Attendees will be introduced to the Arduino programming language and the programming, construction, and operation of a "bug box." The presentation will also include an introduction to the Denso Oscilloscope used by Subaru. Two examples of bug box application will be given: one in the classroom environment, and one on-vehicle application. Knowledge gained in this seminar will allow the attendee to:

  • Introduce intermittent vehicle bugs
  • Assemble low-cost, high-impact training aids


Vehicle Technology

Bobby Bassett, Manager of Training - Gates Corporation

Condition of Coolant Means Everything!

Condition of coolant has a tremendous impact on today's coolant system and can create premature failures of system components in as little as 90 days. During this presentation, special focus is on flushing the system during repair to eliminate sludge and suspended solids.

After this session you will be able to:

  • Explain why up to 40% of radiators and 95% of water pumps fail prematurely
  • Describe why "if" certain conditions prevail in the coolant system, failure can be imminent
  • Demonstrate a simple technique for flushing the coolant system
  • Describe why Coolant heath equals system life (coolant companies are getting on board)
  • More!

Introduction of new problem-solving products

  • Familiarize yourself with the new modular hoses which incorporate restrictors and check valves (Install the incorrect hose and out goes the heater core)

Erik Bjorn, Technical Trainer - American Honda Motor Company

Replacement and calibration of Honda and Acura Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

ADAS systems require careful management after many repair procedures. An improperly performed repair can severely compromise occupant safety. This course will present procedures and concerns for handling and calibration of Honda and Acura ADAS. There will be both presentation and hands-on elements.

Randy Briggs, R&D Manager - CARQUEST Technical Institute

Advanced Technology Vehicles: Advanced Driver Assist Systems

You have seen them publicized on television. Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) that are developed to automate/adapt/enhance vehicle systems for safety and improved vehicle control. Some features are designed to avoid collisions and accidents by offering technologies that alert the driver to potential problems. Others to avoid collisions by implementing safeguards and taking over control of the vehicle. Adaptive features may automate lighting, provide adaptive cruise control, automate braking, incorporate GPS/ traffic warnings, connect to smartphones, alert driver to other cars or dangers, keep the driver in the correct lane or show what is in blind spots. These system are entering the aftermarket repair world. Be up to date on operation and diagnostic techniques that will enable you to keep these jobs profitably in your shop.

Loren Bruckhart, Instructor - Pennsylvania College of Technology

Automotive Adhesives Repair

Introduction to Adhesives - I will present on automotive adhesives and the use of automotive adhesives in the repair facility. I will begin with introducing the safe use of adhesives in the workplace. The class will actively participate in dispensing, applying and shaping of repair adhesives. The introduction to adhesives will conclude with the safe clean-up and disposal of repair adhesives and a review of adhesives use in the automotive industry.

Adhesive Repair Procedures - The second phase of my presentation will be the proper use of automotive adhesives to repair commonly broken components within an automotive mechanical and automotive collision repair facility. Commonly broken components include, but are not limited to: headlight mounting tabs, interior trim panel mounting tabs, plastic bumper fascias, and plastic bumper fascia mounting tabs. The adhesive repair procedures will include active lecture as well as laboratory demonstrations and student involvement with repair techniques.

Tim Dwyer, Educational Specialist - ConsuLab

Autonomous Automobiles - one year later

Who will need to own a car in 2020?

Whether you believe autonomous vehicles are coming to stay or not, the concept is worth discussion! In this presentation, we will look at all the features of this futuristic mode of transportation and consider the effect it could have on the way we live and the future of our industry.

How will this mode of transportation change the current business model we now have and what opportunities will it create as well?

Come join in the discussion as we paint a picture of the arena that our students will be competing in.

David Favre, Division Director - Central Piedmont CC

Tesla Smart and Cummins TAP, Paid Pathways for Student Success

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) working in collaborations with Cummins Engine have developed a program that pays the tuition, books, fees and also the students to attend and complete an associates degree. The program is a Nationally and State registered apprentice program and has been duplicated in Utah and Indiana (Pennsylvania College of Technology is coming to CPCC in Mar as a possible 4th site).

Tesla has started the Tesla Start program Jan, 2018 at CPCC that pays student while they are in the classroom. The program is a 12 week capstone for the students AAS degree in automotive technology. As with the Cummins program, the students are employed upon successful completion. The program is also looking to expand to Los Angeles, Portland Oregon and Columbus Ohio.

  • High School and Community College collaboration on New Pathways for Student Success
  • Get paid to learn a trade and Start a Career

John Gillespie, Instructor/Shop Owner/Technician - CARQUEST Technical Institute

ENG-3001 Engine Technology: Modern Engine Condition Testing

Evaluating engine mechanical condition in today's vehicles requires much more than a compression gauge. Learn how to test more than just the engine's ability to seal. The ability to move more air, control camshaft position, disable and enable cylinders, and provide equal cylinder contribution is an essential part of every modern engine design. This class will present efficient and accurate ways to analyze modern engine condition. Learn how to save time by using oscilloscope, scan data, pressure transducers, and specialized software to determine the mechanical health of an engine quickly and easily.

Experience the whole range of techniques for diagnosing engine problems that are used by today's top technicians from around the world with this class. With engines as complex as they are today, the more testing that can be done with as little manual labor as possible means a more streamlined approach for the technician. When it comes to performing diagnostics like this we are only limited by our tools and imaginations.

Essential Evaporative Emissions Systems Diagnostics - Part 1

Evaporative Emission Systems can be difficult to properly diagnose. In Part 1 of the 2 part series on EVAP, we will cover the essential theory of fuel vapor storage systems and their design characteristics. With an emphasis on the more complicated systems such as those from Honda and Toyota, CTI will give you the information you need to understand the on-board diagnostic logic. CTI will provide must have diagnostic insight to allow any technician to use the tools available to quickly and accurately diagnosis the most stubborn DTCs from the largest leaks to the smallest intermittent leaks. Learn tips and techniques for using the scan tool along with smoke machines and other pressurizing equipment when necessary.

This class serves two purposes, the first is to teach advanced and effective strategies for diagnosing an evaporative emissions system issue, usually without grabbing a smoke machine. The second is to get the technicians thinking about how the computer tests a circuit or system and how they can go and test it the exact same way that the PCM does. When a technician takes the time to really figure out how something works, then he/she can use their talent, skills, and any available tooling to find their own way.

GDI-4202 Practical Diagnostic Techniques

This course focuses on practical testing techniques applied to gasoline direct injected (GDI) engines supported by a working understanding of system and component operation. This class introduces essential testing techniques which can be applied to a variety GDI equipped vehicles regardless of make or model. This class focuses on the proper use of common diagnostic tools, scan data analysis and proper test drive techniques to help accurately diagnose some of the more common issues found on GDI engines.

This will be the first of two GDI classes that we can present. Registrants should be encouraged to attend both as the Analytic Test Drive class will continue where this one ends and makes specific use of the data pids that are explored and defined in this class.

GDI-4203 Analytic Test Drive

A test drive is not intended to isolate faults which may be causing a symptom or concern. The purpose of an analytic test drive is simply to gather information. Then once the information you have gathered has been analyzed, you can determine the proper test or tests to perform in order to narrow down the problem to a vehicle system or subsystem and eventually diagnose the root cause of a problem accurately. This class will examine several examples of captured scan data from GDI vehicles. This data will quickly assess the condition of the engine management system, verify correct operation, or find clues that will direct intrusive pinpoint tests effi ciently. Whether the problem is DTC driven or symptom driven, a repeatable test drive cycle will determine if the root cause is air (VE) related, fuel related, or adaptive related.

This class is the second part of the GDI classes that we can present. Registrants are encouraged to attend both classes. In keeping with the theme of advanced diagnostic routines the class will see that data alone isn't enough to figure out what is wrong with a given vehicle, but it can be used to identify the system in which a fault lies and what testing would need to be performed from that point.

ILT-1403 Developing a Diagnostic Game Plan

This course will provide the building blocks necessary to develop your own diagnostic game plan which can be used to solve a variety of diagnostic problems. One of the many challenges technicians face today is ''where to start?'' Diagnostics however, is not just about where to start but how to interpret the data acquired during diagnosis. This class uses case studies of actual vehicles to provide you with the testing procedures required to diagnose complex issues and the information necessary to properly interpret the data acquired during your diagnosis.

Technicians today have to be able to use a repeatable base routine as they gather information on a vehicle system that they need to diagnose a failure. From there by applying critical thinking skills the technician can work to logically rule out what specific tests he/she does not need to perform and which ones need to be performed. Diagnostics when performed correctly isn't written in stone, the techs need to be free to be creative and think on their feet. This class starts the technicians down that path.

Jose Gonzalez, Educator - Technical Trainer

Diesel for the Gasoline Technician

This course will take the knowledge and experience of the gasoline technician and use it to unlock the mysteries of modern light duty diesel technology. Course content will explain the basic operation of a diesel engine, discuss diesel fuel, provide over views of operating strategy and explore diesel emissions control devices including DEF. Time permitting course will also provide the audience with access to case studies and test procedures.

James Halderman, Author - Pearson Education

Curt Ward, Educator - Joliet Junior College

Automotive Update - 2018

his presentation is an overview of important changes in the automotive industry for the 2018 model year. Topics to be discussed include: Engine oil update, coolant update, gasoline/diesel update, telematics, and autonomous vehicles.

Dave Hobbs, Senior Instructor - Delphi Technologies

48 Volts and Beyond

48-volt systems will become the new normal as OEMs bridge the gap between more expensive higher voltage HEVs and EVs and older conventional gasoline engine powertrains. In addition to increased electrification automakers will also be utilizing more variable displacement engines with technology like the new Delphi "Skip Fire" system which constantly picks the right combination of cylinders to give the driver the perfect mix of power, economy and engine smoothness. Delphi Technologies' senior instructor Dave Hobbs will bring you up to date on these systems covering their mechanical and hydraulic aspects along with the DC and AC side of 48-volt electrification.

Sean Lannoo, Sales Technical Training Specialist - Continental Automotive Systems

What have the last 10 years taught us about TPMS?

Attend this training class to learn:

  • 'Test before you touch'
  • How TPM Systems operate
  • Proper installation
  • System identification
  • Differing system and sensor types
  • Vital TPMS service tools and functions
  • Correct maintenance and service techniques
  • Importance of the Relearn procedure
  • Important legislature
  • How to educate your customers on system features and benefits and bolstering preventive maintenance

Kevin Looney, Instructor - Turbo Training

Diesel Aftertreatment Controls

Diesel Emissions and Aftertreatment

This class covers the EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation), Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC), Diesel Particulate Filter(DPF), Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), and Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) systems used on all makes of LD, MD, and HD trucks starting in the 2008 model year. Because of the similarities in system operation, this class applies to all makes and models of LD/MD/HD trucks. Tips and Tricks, diagnostic shortcuts, and frequent "Regen" issues will be discussed. System theory and operation, service, pattern failures, and maintenance peculiarities will be covered, and a variety of cutaway components will be used for classroom discussion. This class is aimed at providing the working technician with the information he needs to get the truck repaired and out of the bay.

  • Understand common fallacies circulated about DEF fluid
  • Discover common pattern failures
  • Recognize the importance of Regen temperatures

Jeff Masterman, Manager, Technician Training Development - Standard Motor Products

Whole Vehicle Diagnostics - Diagnosing the rest of the vehicle

In order to serve their customers well, today's technicians need to be ready to deal with any problem that comes to the shop. The customer only knows that the vehicle doesn't feel right, drive right, or there is a light on. It is up to the technician to identify which system is causing the fault and affect a repair. It could be a transmission shift concern, an ABS fault, or a simple misfire. Technicians need to be ready and have a diagnostic plan. We will explore each topic as we work through real world case studies from the field. Attend this class to learn to diagnose:

  • ABS, traction, or stability control faults
  • Drivability concerns
  • HVAC control mode issues
  • Transmission issues
  • Electric Power Steering
  • TPMS issues

Brad Miller, Field Service Engineer - Ford Motor Company

Jared Mills, Field Service Engineer - Ford Motor Company

Diagnostic Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Technician Career Entry Programs

This Seminar will cover three topics:

  1. The latest Ford diagnostic tool - Vehicle Communication & Measurement Module (VCMM)
  2. Overview on Ford Autonomous Vehicles
  3. Technician Career Entry Programs.

Jim Morton, Owner - MATS

The Real Reason Students will need to be Electrical Proficient

This will NOT be a boring OHM's LAW presentation, instead we will see how important it has come for our students to Master the Electrical Theory and operational principals. We will be going through the Electrical Diagnostic Procedures in order to find the ROOT CAUSE of the problems our students will be faced with.

We all have to realize that if it isn't electronic controlled yet, IT WILL BE SOON.

Pam Oakes, Owner - USAutoTraining.Com

Understanding logic gates in today and tomorrow vehicles

Logic gates have been "under the hood" for a long time. Pam gives a brief history and a broad glimpse into the future of these electronic work horses in tomorrow's cars, trucks and the autonomous vehicle.

  • Basics of logic gates
  • Advanced testing of logic gates, equipment needed

Joe Rappa, Diagnostic Equipment Specialist - Snap-on Industrial

Diesel Exhaust Aftertreatment Systems

Diesel Exhaust Aftertreatment has evolved quickly since 2008. Class includes a overview of Diesel Particulate Filter Systems and Selective Catalyst Reduction Systems, what they do, how they work, and how to diagnose them. Case studies of several common problems will be covered. This topic applies to any Diesel engines, from cars to big trucks and anything in between.

Dr. Andy Rezin, Author - Pearson Higher Ed

Hydrogen: The fuel of the future ... available today

While over two-thirds of automotive executives believe hydrogen is 'the fuel of the future', in most of the U.S. we still see it as a 'promise for 20 years down the road'. We have not grasped the fact that it is a viable and operational technology that is rapidly taking hold in other nations across the world in everything from forklifts to heavy duty trucks and buses.

Join Dr. Andy Rezin, Director of the Midwest Hydrogen Center of Excellence, in a high-level introduction to the world of fuel cells and hydrogen in the transportation industry. We'll talk about how fuel cell technology works, how a fuel cell system function in a vehicle, and differences and similarities to traditional vehicles. We'll also explore hydrogen refueling systems and how hydrogen fuel is produced.

  • Alternative fuels - Hydrogen
  • New and emerging technologies

Keith Santini, Author - CDX Automotive

What's New in AWD / 4WD Systems

In this session we will look at some of the new AWD / 4WD technology being installed on vehicles. We will also look at the various torque vectoring systems that are becoming more common. Teaching techniques for these topics will also be covered. Group discussion is also encouraged.

Jean-Luc Sauriol, Vertical Market Manager - ALLDATA

Advance Sensors and Actuators Waveform Diagnostic

A technician's ability to analyze sensor and actuator waveform will help getting a better understanding of the electrical property of each component and is circuit.

This training go beyond the actual understanding of sensor and actuator by studying the internal control circuitry in the ECU including microprocessor strategies.

For each component we will learn about;

  • Electrical Schematic
  • Internal component electronic design
  • ECU Internal electronic and MCU design and strategies
  • Impact on voltage and current Waveform

Lyle Taylor, Instructor / Program Developer - ATech Training, Inc.

Exploration of the GMLAN Network System Diagnostics in the Classroom

Utilizing "Structured Skilled Development" is still the best approach to teach our students. By building from fact to understanding, working from simple to complex, learning through discovery and then transferring knowledge to problem solving, the students develop a better understanding of the concepts.

In this course we will explore classroom teaching methods that incorporate hands-on training, starting with basic electricity, while moving toward diagnostics and troubleshooting of the electrical systems. With the main focus on the exploriation of the GMLAN Network System training in the classroom.

Craig Van Batenburg, CEO - ACDC Hybrid / EV Training

The forgotten DC-DC converter, Diagnosis and Replacement

The DC -DC converter has replace the alternator (generator) in all high voltage cars and trucks. Come learn about it. We will test them in class and take a few apart. We will have cut-aways and offer teaching models that will go with any college text book or our new hybrid / plug-in text book. This component has more going on than meets the eye.

Tesla .. what we know technically so far

Tesla is such a well know brand but what do you know about the driveline? The corporate name for ACDC is Van Batenburg's Garage, Inc. and is still a registered shop in Massachusetts. Why is that important? The "Right to Repair" law in my state requires Tesla to put their technical info on line. Who can access it? Only techs in Massachusetts. As with all on-line info (including ACDC) it has a "copyright" as it should. What we can do is teach you what ACDC has learned. Someday Tesla will open up to the aftermarket. It may be good time to learn more now.

Joseph Wagner, Author / Professor - CDX / Joliet Junior College

Emerging Mobile HVAC and Thermal Management Technology

Servicing a modern vehicle's thermal management and HVAC system has become very complex with the constant introduction of new technologies and system components. This seminar will give the automotive instructor insight into some of these new topics, allowing them the opportunity to share the advances with their students.

Topics will include:

  • New cooling system and refrigerant system components and designs
  • New technology in the HVAC and thermal management systems
  • How to carry out a system performance test using a four channel temperature probe

James Wilson, Sr. Training Instructor - Robert Bosch LLC

Bosch Brake Technology Update Seminar

The practical braking application of hydraulic theory and diagnostic procedures with a focus on brake service tips to help avoid costly comebacks. Anti-Lock and Electronic Stability Control systems are reviewed with a focus on wheel speed, lateral acceleration, yaw rate and steering angle sensors, with theory of operation and how to diagnose and service these systems.

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals of Braking Forces Review:
  • Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) Overview:
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESP)
  • Best Recommended Practices for Brake Service:
  • Systematic brake inspection process
  • Top 10 tips to ensure a successful brake service

Bosch Direct Injection Technology Update Seminar

The demand for greater fuel efficiency and lower tailpipe emissions is pushing car manufacturers to develop new ideas and improve on existing combustion technology. We hear a lot about the progress of Hybrid and Electric vehicles, but you might be surprised to learn that vehicles equipped with Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) and Diesel fuel systems are achieving great results and will make up 90% of the vehicles you will work on in the future. In this session you will learn how Bosch direct injection works and how the GDI and Diesel systems have more in common than ever before.

Topics Covered:

  • Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) Overview
  • Common Rail Diesel Injection Overview
  • Review common sensors and actuators
  • Overview of the after-treatments systems for emissions reductions

Steven Zak, Technical Instructor - Bosch

ADAS - Advanced Driver Assist System - Camera Calibration

This class will develop the technician's knowledge of how the Forward Facing Camera collision avoidance systems work. The course will provide the technicians with the skills and understanding on how to calibrate the camera.

  • ADAS – Overview
  • Camera – How it works
  • Camera – How corrective action works
  • Radar – How it works
  • Calibration – Why, Requirements, Preparation
  • Calibration and Alignment – How to do
    • Static
    • Dynamic

*144 sessions is our goal. More or less may occur based upon the training facility. An attendee will always have the opportunity to earn 20 hours of Technical Update Training at the NACAT Conference.
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