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6.7 L Powerstroke (S5-1) by Kevin Looney
Discussion of engine features and function. Changes to the engine and systems between model years (generations). Diagnostic tips.

A Reimagined Approach to Automotive Diagnostic Training (S4-2) by Georg Homolatsch
This course is tailored for instructors looking to revolutionize their approach to automotive diagnostic training. Gone are the days of spending countless hours of inserting faults into vehicles. With new technologies, instructors can now accomplish in minutes what used to take days, freeing up valuable time for teaching. KG Protech offers an innovative solution by automating technical

training for vehicle technicians. You will also learn how to trouble shoot on EVs.  Their cutting-edge technology enables instructors to simulate vehicle faults directly from their smartphone or computer, streamlining the training process and making it more adaptable, efficient, and manageable. Trusted by leading manufacturers like Nissan, Volvo Trucks, Renault, KTM, and an expanding array of educational institutions, KG Protech is reshaping the landscape of automotive training. Join us as we embrace the future of diagnostic education and empower instructors to deliver superior training experiences.

Advances in Automotive Technology (S7-1) by Doug Garriott
Manufactures design vehicles with three things in mind, Passenger Safety, The Environment and Customer Comfort. This class takes a look at the systems that monitor and control these aspects of today's cars and trucks.

Advances in Modern Performance Tuning (S6-1) by Robert Morreale
In this seminar, we will cover how Artificial Intelligence has made its way into the performance side of your cars and trucks. We will go through the tuning process with a supercharged Challenger (remotely) tuning its Artificial Neural Network to correct airflow errors (resulting in fuel trim errors). In addition, we will expand your knowledge of troubleshooting by using the HP Tuners VCM Scanner for expert level scanner diagnostics. Fun and learning, all in one session.

Automotive Module Programming - Exploring all the levels of programming today (S2-1) by Haakan Light
In this class, the trainer will cover what automotive module programming is. We will dispel many misconceptions and myths about programming. The trainer will take the students through the common avenues of module programming while clarifying the differences between: J2534, OEM programming, cloning, and cloud based programming. We will review the role of having a solid process when performing any programming. The class will focus on adaptable skills that can be applied across all makes and models to achieve more successful outcomes. There will be a discussion of some of the common pitfalls that are often overlooked or unknown. There will also be a discussion of appropriate tooling to approach each form of programming combined with a pragmatic discussion of return on investment for said tooling. The trainer will also provide some basic resources that are readily available on each of the programming topics. This class is designed to improve the competency of technicians and shops who rarely do programming currently, but would like to hit the ground running and add a new revenue stream and/or skill set to their portfolio.

Beyond ADAS: What you need to know going forward (S2-2) by Pam Oakes
What's upcoming in sensor technology and instructors approach to teaching student techs the new tech; update on (free) courses available on NCAT, equipment and hands-on availability; new ASE-L4 course/interactive guide

Circuit Diagram Analysis - A Framework for Complex Testing and Knowledge Building (S3-1) by Jorge Menchu
This course is composed of a series of finely tuned exercises and discussions focused on circuit diagram analysis to achieve two goals:

1. Provide extremely effective techniques for improving your wiring diagram circuit and system reverse engineering skills.

2. Illustrate powerful learning tools, behaviors, and techniques for creating a knowledge-building framework that can be applied to all learning and analysis situations.

Communication Bus Diagnostics with Pico Scope (S6-2) by Cameron Conover
We will explore both CAN and FlexRay busses, discuss the architectural layout and differences between the two and use a Pico Scope on some live networks in order to practice some debugging techniques. We'll also talk about Data packets on the busses and how to reverse engineer them for decode.

Developing Better Diagnostic Judgement and Critical Thinking (S1-1) by Haakan Light
This class is focused on helping technicians improve their diagnostic process. We work to improve their understanding of the role of standard operating procedures as well as refining their critical thinking skills. Everything is framed with an adaptive approach mindful of efficiency and wide applicability to all makes and models. Methods of data collection are addressed as well as bringing to light the benefits and limitations of many tools and testing techniques. All skill levels can benefit from this class.

Diagnostic Mindset Mastery for Automotive Service Technician (S3-2) by Scott Brown, Luke Thompson
Join us at the 2024 North American Council of Automotive Teachers conference for a dynamic 3-hour presentation led by automotive industry experts Luke Thompson and Scott Brown, renowned technical authors from Goodheart-Wilcox. In this engaging session, we will delve into the essential skill of developing a diagnostic mindset for automotive service technicians.

Discover how to approach vehicle faults strategically through visual inspections and diagnostic assessments. Gain insights into the mindset of vehicle design engineers and learn how they validate system, sensor, and output performance. This comprehensive presentation will cover a wide range of topics, including vehicle engine performance, emissions service, electrification, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems), network troubleshooting, and more. Get ready to elevate your diagnostic skills and take your student's automotive service expertise to the next level.

Diesel Aftertreatment & Emissions (S6-3) by Kevin Looney
Discussion of Diesel exhaust aftertreatment components and their operation. How to focus less on the chemistry and more on the function using scan data to solve vehicle issues. Diagnostic tips.

Diesel Emissions and Exhaust Aftertreatment (S1-2) by Rob Roth
Modern diesel engines are subject to increasingly stringent emission regulations and monitoring requirements. This three-hour seminar will prepare technicians to effectively diagnose and repair diesel exhaust emission reduction failures by developing an understanding of the emissions created by diesel engines and the systems designed to reduce those emissions. Both pre- and after-treatment systems will be covered. Specific systems and components will include intake air swirl and heating, glow plugs, exhaust gas recirculation, oxidation catalysts, diesel particulate filtration, NOx reduction technologies, selective catalyst reduction, and diesel exhaust fluid. Technicians will strengthen their diagnostic techniques by focusing on the conditions used by the Engine Control Module (ECM) to set codes related to these systems, developing an understanding of how false codes could be set, and determining the root cause of any code or failure. Common failures will be covered.

Does (0.002) Two Thousandths Really Matter When Stopping a Vehicle? (S4-3) by Steve Smith
I will cover most all aspects of today's challenges for making sure brake systems are working as designed and meeting the requirements set forth by each OEM manufacturer. Including current options for servicing brakes properly as well as what the future holds for brake service on EV vehicles.

ECU Architecture Understanding Control Process Theory (S1-3) by Benjamin Wenzel
Using a unique PIC micro-controller, instructors learn by building a fully functioning ECU with inputs, a relay and a transistor output and carry out a set of activities and learning modules that reflect both EV and gasoline powered vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Characteristics, Components, and Curriculum (S4-4) by Nelson Kelly
The move to electric vehicles requires automotive technicians who can work safely with high voltage alternating and direct current systems, including electric machines, batteries, and power conversion devices. While there have been vehicles with these systems on the road for many years we are now at a point where most community college automotive programs are considering providing at least one course on hybrid and electric vehicles. This presentation will discuss research leading to the development of four new lecture courses and two new hands-on laboratory courses on electric vehicles for Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan.

Electrical Testing and Wiring Harness Repair (S2-3) by Keith Clark
A basic program that walks entry-level technicians through in-vehicle circuit testing. We cover resistance testing, voltage-drop testing, amperage testing, circuit probing techniques, testing tools, and proper wiring and circuit repair.

Electrical Training Simplified: Bridging the Gap (S5-2) by Darcy Wedel
Electrical theory and troubleshooting are often described as being difficult for students to master, and for teachers to teach.

The inclusion of Electric vehicle technology, and growing list of electrical/electronic competencies, increase training difficulties even more.

In this session we will explore methods for teaching electrical theory and meter usage, that include:

• Classification of circuits by type; and associated tools for each type.

• V1 – V4 measurement method.

• Transitional learning strategies – bridging the gap between theory and hands-on.

• Engaging students through facilitation of student driven, hands-on activities.

• Focus on the foundations, which are essential for improved self-learning, and adaptation to new and emerging technologies.

EV and High Voltage Training (S5-3) by Benjamin Wenzel
This is a hands-on session ulitizing a custom built training kit using Tesla batteries in a safe and unique student centric platform. Inputs, process, and output with a 3 phase traction motor are part of this class event.

EV Electronics (Hands-On) (S3-3) by Benjamin Wenzel
Megatech is pleased to provide hands-on activities using FORD MOTOR CO. Trainers that were manufactured by Megatech throughout 2023 for their corporate dealerships and colleges.

EV Plug-In-Power Tips (S7-2) by Dave Hobbs
Why attend a class on EV charging? Charging cables and charging stations are the new “gas pumps” for the vehicles (and votech students) of tomorrow. As an educator, you probably already have a wealth of knowledge regarding fuels for combustion engines. You know octane, cetane, RVP, alcohol content, etc. Why not begin "charging up" your electrical knowledge skills on the "new fuels" of Level 1, Level 2 and DC Fast Charging that will be powering the upcoming generation of electrified vehicles?

This recently updated PHEV / BEV class addresses technologies and diagnostics for SAE J1772 5-pin, CCS (Combo) 7-pin, and NACS - North American Charge Standard (Tesla 5-pin) plug standards. Delphi technical trainer Dave Hobbs will guide fellow instructors on the functions for each circuit most charge cables / plugs use and identify common problems encountered with EVSE (Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment). The course includes hands on demonstrations using an EVSE breakout box and multimeter on both an OEM and aftermarket portable charger cable. A downloadable "virtual" presentation will be provided to those who attend.

GDI, Forced Induction, and Thermal Management (S3-4) by Cameron Conover
This course is based on the VAG 2.0T Direct Injected engine, 2024 marks 20 years for the power plant as the foundation of the VW line. Even today the 2.0T powers over 85% of the ICE lineup for VW. We will look at the evolution of the engine over the two decades of service, the various engine management strategies including the B-Cycle for fuel efficiency, Innovative thermal management, camshaft timing and lift strategies for efficiency and emissions, as well as boost regulation and high pressure fuel systems.

General Motors Fuel Control Advancements and Diagnosis (S2-4) by Joseph Ragnanese III
This course covers the description and operation of the General Motors 2.0L and 2.7L variable lift camshaft. This course will also cover scan tool and oscilloscope diagnostics. A deeper dive of tool comparisons and how they can help with diagnostics of this system will also be included.

GM Diesel Engines (S4-5) by Rob Roth
This instructor-led training seminar covers the 6.6L L5P, 3.0L LM2 and LZ0, and 2.8L LWN engines. The course includes an overview of the DENSO fuel system used on these diesel engines. The course also covers the components, operation, and diagnosis and service procedures for each diesel engine.

• DENSO fuel system components and operation

• Three-phase fuel pump

• Electrically controlled turbocharger

• Unique 3.0L oil pump drive

Hands-On DSG Transmission (Hands-On) (ALL DAY) (S4-1) by Cameron Conover
This class will begin with a lecture on the design and function of DSG or Dual Clutch transmissions with a focus on the VAG 02E and 0B5 FWD and AWD transmissions. We will also discuss common failure points, parts availability, and special tools. Then we will move to hands on and learn to disassemble, inspect and test the function of the 02E FWD 6-Speed DSG transmission.

Help Relay The Message! (Hands-On) (S1-4) by Tony Salas
Teaching the fundamentals of electricity 'on the car' can be challenging. Students get bogged down with finding wires, connectors, and circuits. ATech Training wants to help you relay the right message with an in-depth study of relay construction, operation, and diagnostics. Join us for a hands-on experience that will help you teach relay fundamentals and troubleshooting.

Making the Educational Leap: Electude's Connect Lineup of Trainers (S3-5) by Dr. Alex Richards
In my former professional role as a college professor, I always knew and appreciated "the leap" that my students took in their understanding of a topic. That leap represented the transference of knowledge from theory and operational understanding to application in the lab. I was always aware that this was a small step toward understanding to the point of application and experimentation was seen as an important step in their journey but a monumental undertaking for the learner.

This can be one of the most difficult stages to guide learners through regardless of their level of experience. A multi-faceted approach to teaching theory and operation, followed by a guided application phase before moving to the lab vehicle makes these steps far less daunting for unconfident or unmotivated learners.

In 2024, Electude launched its Connect Desktop trainer lineup. Covering topics from a wide range of vehicle systems, the entire line has been wildly successful in Europe and has finally made its way to North America. Starting with the 5 most useful and popular trainers, Electude would like to introduce the solution that links your classroom with the lab, the E-learning to the task, and the student to the outcome.

 This presentation will briefly summarize Electude's Connect Trainer availability and features and will cover extensively why Electude has the most seamlessly integrated and learner-centric solutions on the market today. You'll hear from Dr. Richards, Product Manager and Content Developer for Electude USA, about the new online learning products, and how and where the trainers fit into the lessons.

It is recommended that you bring a connected PC or tablet so that you can participate in the presentation.

Preparing for Electric Vehicle Instruction (S2-5) by David Macholz
The transition to electric vehicle instruction provides a unique challenge to secondary and post-secondary automotive technology programs and instructors. This presentation will provide educators an overview of the considerations for EV curriculum, certification, and instruction, including strategies for incorporating the new Electude Connect EV training aids into automotive and EV programs.

Refrigeration Diagnostics and Service Procedures (S3-6) by Rob Roth
Designed for technicians with prior understanding of the refrigerant cycle and system operation, this three hour seminar will provide technicians with techniques and strategies required to isolate the root cause and perform repairs of failures in R-134a and R-1234yf equipped Air Conditioning (AC) systems. The use of pressure temperature and humidity readings as a diagnostic aide will be the foundation of the course. Specific component diagnosis includes variable displacement compressors, electrically driven compressors, expansion valves, Internal Heat Exchangers (IHX), enhanced evaporators and condensers. This course will include simulated diagnostic exercises to apply the principles learned.

Teaching ADAS (Hands-On) (S5-4) by Al Santini
Teaching ADAS vehicle specific is sometimes difficult to do. We will use a ConsuLab trainer and set up for the adjustment of sensors on a generic system. We will first look at the common sensors, demonstrating how they function. The second half of the class will be devoted to tha actual measuring and adjustments of sensors or cameras.

Teaching ADAS Technologies to Pass the ASE L4 Test Through Hands-On Experiments (S6-4) by Dirk Niemeyer
This course will help participants pass the ASE Automobile -Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Specialist Test (ASE L4).  The Automobile - Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Specialist (Test L4) is an advanced level certification from ASE. It is geared toward technicians who diagnose, repair, and calibrate advanced driver assistance systems in modern automobiles and light trucks.

Teaching Electricity So Students Understand (S6-5) by Keith Santini
You teach them electricity, but do they really understand it? Can they afford to not understand it anymore? How can they diagnose electric vehicles without the basics?  In this class we will go through a method of teaching electricity that really works.  This method has been used to teach thousands of high school and college students. Many of these students are limited English speaking students.

Teaching EV High Voltage in the Classroom (Hands-On) (S6-6) by Al Santini
EV training is sometimes difficult to have as part of the curriculum. Using a ConsuLab trainer, we will go through the safety of EV's, using the isolation meter, service disconnect and first responder loops. Additionally, we will look at the inverter and phase of the AC motor.

Teaching Students Proper Signal Acquisition (Hands-On) (S2-6) by Dick Kreiger
Students often have extreme difficultly when trying to make measurements and obtaining scope patterns from connecters, wiring harnesses and components. In addition, understanding how to correctly read wiring diagrams and tracing signals from point to point can cause difficulties. Correct use of back probes, signal acquisition tools and accessing signals without causing terminal or connecter damage will be covered in this class. This will be a "hands-on" class with plenty of tools and activities. Come join us for this topic.

Teaching the Essentials of Electric Vehicle Technology (S7-3) by Paulius Mascerinskas
This workshop is designed for automotive instructors seeking to integrate Electric Vehicle (EV) technology into their curriculum. Whether you're new to teaching EV or looking to enhance your existing program, this session offers practical guidance and valuable insights. Gain the necessary tools to initiate EV training in your program or refine your current approach. Familiarize yourself with approaches to utilize OEM-training aids that prioritize safety above all else. Explore effective strategies for engaging students and fostering meaningful learning experiences. Join us to take the first steps towards equipping the next generation of automotive technicians with essential EV knowledge and skills.

Tesla Model 3 and Y in the Context of the Classroom (S4-6) by Jack Rosebro
The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y are by far the best selling EVs in North America. How relevant are they to today's EV curricula? How do these vehicles differ from typical EVs? What learning resources are available for these vehicles?

Jack Rosebro has been teaching courses on hybrid and electric vehicles for over twenty years. As Earthling Automotive's in-house instructor, he currently teaches hands-on Tesla classes, among other subjects, to working technicians. He also serves as technical support for Earthling Automotive's hybrid and EV service and repair shops.

Tesla Update & Adding Tesla to Our Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Classroom (S1-5) by Curt Ward
This presentation will cover many of the changes we made when we added the Tesla brand to our hybrid and electric vehicle program. Topics discussed will include special tools, service and diagnostic information, classroom components, and vehicle specific details. Included will be successful and not-so-successful classroom and lab experiences.

The Level 2 ASE (xEV) Safety Exam and Program Changes (S7-4) by Curt Ward
This presentation will cover the 20 content areas of the new ASE Level 2 (xEV) Safety Exam as well as the changes to the ASE Education Foundation task lists as they relate to the electricity and electric vehicles. Examples of how the content areas and the task list changes are being implemented in our hybrid and electric program will be included.

Tips and Tricks to Best Support You and Your Students (S1-6) by Randy Klitzke, Todd Richardson, Ryan O'Keefe
Join this interactive discussion for tips and tricks to best support you and your students:

Promotive: demonstrates how to better educate their students on how to write a resume for the career they want, techniques for job searching, what to look for in a potential employer, preparing for interviews, knowing their worth and negotiating pay and understanding the right career path

Todd Richardson (educator at Utah State University): discuss the importance of teaching and performing the first step in a symptom related diagnosis

Randy Klitzke (educator at Northern Michigan University): tips and tricks of the classroom

TPMS (S7-5) by Allen Selzler
The key to successful TPMS service is the TPMS Tool. Technicians can’t get sensors to relearn to the vehicle. Retailers are seeing sensor returns at unprecedented levels. It’s a problem that’s costing shops both profits and the good will of their customers. Join Sean in this workshop covering the most important part of TPMS - THE TPMS TOOL.

Understanding Today's New Relay Technology (S5-5) by Dick Kreiger
Do you think you understand relays? Relay technology has dramatically changed in recent years. Instructors, students and technicians must understand what is new and different. This class discusses relay basics, but also covers new operational designs, dynamic new testing procedures and service precautions that are required for proper diagnosis. PCB's, Electronic, Bistable Latching, Mosfet's, GM Hi-Power and other new relay technologies will be covered. New testing procedures are critical to know to prevent damage. Don't get left behind. Join us and learn what's new with relays. A full class handout will also be provided.

Visual Tools for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Instruction (S7-6) by Scott Brown
Welcome to the "Visual Tools for ADAS Instruction" session, designed specifically for automotive technology instructors tasked with providing ADAS instruction. Included in the session:

An update on emerging technologies that are affecting ADAS.

Case studies that demonstrate the practical applications of these technologies.

Perception systems used in modern vehicles, and how they impact the operation of ADAS.

Live machine vision demonstrations utilizing AI devices.

Throughout the course we will utilize a variety of visual tools and AI devices live in the classroom, including videos and demonstrations, to enhance your understanding of ADAS and how to effectively instruct others. By the end of this session, you will have gained valuable insights and techniques that you can use to improve the quality of your ADAS instruction and ensure that service professionals have the knowledge and skills necessary to work on modern vehicles equipped with these advanced technologies. A high-resolution handout link will be provided which contains additional links to videos and other materials you can use in your classroom.


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