July 15 - 18, 2019 in Calgary, Alberta
20 Hours      144 Sessions*     12 Blocks     4 Training Days
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2019 Seminar Descriptions

Below you will find a topically outlined, alphabetical (last name) presenter based listing of the titles, descriptions, and lengths of seminars to be given at NACAT 2019. 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. Please note that this is just the beginning of the list of seminars which will be available.  Check back as we update the information.


Instructional Techniques

David Boyes, President - Today's Class

Automotive Instruction via a Smartphone-based, Adaptive Learning Platform

This presentation will provide an overview of the Today's Class adaptive learning platform and describe how learners can engage with automotive content via smartphones. It has become common for students and adults to acquire information via their smartphones and this platform provides comprehensive, adaptive automotive training through these devices. During this presentation we'll share:

(1) How this adaptive platform works and why it makes automotive learning more accessible than ever before – it requires only 3 - 5 minutes per day and is delivered via smartphone anywhere you have wifi or cellular service. The platform uses algorithms to progressively challenge the learner and reduce their knowledge gaps.

(2) The benefits of micro-learning and how learning in bite-sized chunks over time can improve knowledge retention.

(3) The insightful data we've captured regarding knowledge gaps in the transportation space and how we have been closing them.

All attendees of this presentation will be eligible for a 30-day free trial to test out this platform on their own.

Tony Martin -

Technical Education in Private Industry

Tony Martin taught automotive and diesel technology at the post-secondary level for 17 years. In 2013, he left public education to take a job as an industrial trainer at a large open-pit gold mine in Fairbanks, Alaska. During this seminar, you will hear of the challenges he encountered as he made the transition to education in private industry, e.g., a student population made up of experienced workers as well as being confronted with a sea change in the workplace culture.

Major points of discussion:

  • Compare/contrast post-secondary education with industrial training
  • Recognition that safety has risen to become the predominant concern in industry

Merle Saunders, Instructor - ATech Training, Inc.

The Shocking State of Electrical Training in the Classroom

The real question is, do our students have the basic electrical/electronic foundation they will need to become successful in this industry?

Exploring the need for “Structured Skilled Development” can still be one way to approach training; by building from fact to understanding, working from simple to complex, learning through discovery, and then transferring knowledge to problem solving. While taking this approach we will explore teaching methods to incorporate more hands-on activities into training, using electrical system trainers with hands-on activities. Focusing on teaching from basic electrical to advanced electrical diagnostics and troubleshooting systems while training in the classroom.


Vehicle Technology

Randy Briggs, R&D Manager - CARQUEST Technical Institute

Educator Think Tank: Preparing Your Students for ADAS

Technology is advancing as never before and ADAS is leading the way. What do we have to do as educators to prepare our students for services that can affect Advanced Driver Assist Systems . We will explore what ADAS is but, more importantly, how general services can change the accuracy of ADAS systems. Discussion will include how we need to change the service mindset and approach today’s vehicles in a more holistic way.

Geoff Brown, Automotive Service Instructor - SAIT

New Ford Scan Tool, 5 Channel Oscilloscope and Software

Ford has recently released a replacement for their aging Vehicle Measurement Module and MTS 4000 diagnostic testers. The new combined tool features the VCM2, VMM and the MTS 4000 into one package. This session will concentrate on the VCMM's capabilities as a scan tool and a 5 channel oscilloscope. Time will also be spent to talk about the changes in Ford diagnostic equipment due to the new Right to Repair legislation.

New Ford Scan Tool and NVH Diagnostics

Ford has recently released a replacement for their aging Vehicle Measurement Module and MTS 4000 diagnostic testers. The new combined tool features the VCM2, VMM and the MTS 4000 into one package. This session will concentrate on the VCMM's capabilities as it pertains to an NVH diagnosis.

Daryl Drummond, Service Training Instructor - Ford Motor Company of Canada

Changing Face of Ford Diesel

Ford has been pushing to meet the needs of todays customer. There has been a desire for a long time to have smaller diesel options through out the product line. This seminar will take a high-level look at these options for the Ford customer today.

Whats New with Ford

With the rapidly changing automotive sector new technology has had to be developed to allow for the next chapter. The focus of this seminar is to overview some of the new technology's that have been introduced within the Ford product lines. topics to be covered: SENT sensor technology, Ford Dual Fuel System, Emission Controls Systems and highlights of new product lines.

Steve Gibson, Program Coordinator - K&N Engineering

Choosing the right air and oil filters for a vehicle

Filter replacements are one of the basic elements of preventative maintenance for any vehicle. With many different brands, types, and prices of products to choose from, are you sure the parts you are installing are the best choice available?

In this seminar, we will take an objective look at the common air and oil filters available for popular vehicles today. After attending, instructors will be able to: 1) explain how different air filter materials capture particles in different ways, and 2) identify the different methods of evaluating the quality of an oil filter before purchasing, and how that quality relates to engine protection.

Jim Harlderman, Author - Pearson Education

Curt Ward, Automotive Professor - Joliet Junior College

Teaching Advanced Engine Performance

This fast-paced technical presentation will cover the entire diagnostic procedures and will answer the following questions:

  • What are the eight steps in the typical diagnostic process?
  • Why is a funnel used to help illustrate the diagnostic process?
  • What is “total fuel trim” and how does this information help pinpoint a drivability fault?
  • What is the difference between pinpoint tests and general tests?
  • Why module reprogramming has become a “must teach” topic!
  • What is meant by the “five whys”?
  • Why should DTCs be checked before checking for TSBs?
  • Are you teaching “old school” or “new school” diagnosis and what is the difference?
  • What pitfalls to avoid

A copy of the Power Point presentation will be posted on a website so it can be used in the classroom to teach students advanced engine performance.

Sean Lannoo, Sales Technical Training Specialist - Continental Automotive Systems

TPMS Holding Up the Bay? Learn the VDO Way!

Attend this training class to learn:

  • How TPM Systems operate
  • Proper sensor installation
  • System identification
  • Differing system and sensor types
  • Vital TPMS service tools and functions
  • Correct maintenance and service techniques
  • Importance of the Relearn procedure

Rick Martineau, Director of Education - ConsuLab

ICE as an emission control device

This seminar will cover the systems incorporated into a direct injected internal combustion engine to meet ever more stringent emissions standards.

1. Exploring the combustion event and the supporting technology utilizing a gasoline engine bench.

2. We will also look at the after-treatment system operation using a cutaway Diesel Exhaust After-treament system.

Al Santini, Technical Trainer - ConsuLab

Teaching CAN Bus Hands-on with Data Mostly Available at the DLC

Within our classes we are constantly faced with how to teach a hands-on topic. CAN Bus is no different than any other topic but has the added difficulty of multiple groups connecting and disconnecting modules. After a few groups have done a diagnosis lab, the connectors go into failure mode. This class will show how to teach diagnosis of a CAN Bus system with most of the information available at the DLC using a breakout box to protect connections. This simple procedure will insure that students understand how CAN Bus functions and how diagnosis can be done using a multimeter and a 2 channel DSO. This is a popular technician CAN Bus class, but has been adapted for educators. After wiring up CAN Bus trainers, attendees will practice the diagnostic procedure. The ConsuLab sponsored seminar will include a comprehensive handout.

This class will be spread out over 2 time slots in order to cover the material. All attendees must be at both sessions.

Teaching Ignition Theory, Diagnosis and Repair, Using a DMM and a DSO.

This seminar will first identify the different types of ignition systems on the road. We will discuss the differences emphasizing module function, computer function, coils, and input sensors. Extensive time will be spent on using a DSO to both show how the system works and how it is tested. The emphasis will be on how to teach ignition systems hands on. This ConsuLab sponsored class will include a comprehensive handout.

Using Cause and Effect to Teach the Basics of Computer Control.

In this seminar, we will use three basic and important tools: the DMM, the Scanner and the DSO. We will make and show various adjustments, as the cause, and look at the effects of the adjustment using one of the three devices available in most schools. The intent is to allow the participant a better understanding of just how a sensor functions and the effect it has on the fuel and ignition system. The seminar will be based off generated live data that will be shown on the classroom screen and will allow for some hands-on training of the DMM, the Scanner and the DSO. If Instructors want, they can bring a DMM, a scanner or a DSO that their school uses to the class. There will be a comprehensive handout for participants.

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.

*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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