Overview of Training Plan

My training modules are ‘Bitesize’ and therefore easy to absorb.  They last about three hours and so prevent your business from too much ‘down time’ and loss of income.  Where possible and if required, I will help you use your own equipment during the sessions, helping you to feel comfortable in your own enviroment.

One session may be sufficient to conclude your needs.  However they can easily be extended into further sessions, depending on abilities.  The modules will be run at a pace best suited to the individual participants.  It can also be revistited, sometime later, after the participants have put some of the knowledge into practise, but wish to revisit some of the content.

There are currently four options available.  The first two are soundly structured, to underpin further progression, if so required.

I am always looking to adapt and introduce new modules as time goes on, so feel free to enquire.

Basic Electrics: DMM and Test light diagnostics. (TP1)

This training session aims to improve the basic understanding of electrical circuit operation and diagnostic processes, using both digital multimeters (DMM) and test light probes.

This session will be a theory based module, with practical content where appropriate and available.

On satisfactory completion of this module the following modules in the series will be available.

Basic DSO: DSO introduction and diagnostics. (TP2)

This training session aims to introduce or improve the basic understanding of the Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO). It will include basic level application of the DSO to provide a sound diagnostic platform for further advanced diagnostic ability.

This session will be a theory based module, with practical content where appropriate and available*.

(*It is highly recommended to have a petrol vehicle available for demonstration and training purposes).

On satisfactory completion of this module the more advanced in the series will be available.

TP2 aims to address the following subjects:

  • Battery circuit condition
  • Basic ‘Relative’ compression testing
  • Basic sensor testing
  • Basic ignition/injection system testing

Advanced Electronics: DSO and DMM diagnostics. (TP3)

This training session aims to introduce or improve the more advanced knowledge and diagnostic methods of vehicle electronics and DSO diagnostics. It cam be adapted with a bias to DMM or DSO diagnostics.

This module will be a theory based module, with practical content where appropriate and available*.

(*It is recommended to have a suitable vehicle available for demonstration and training purposes).

TP3 aims to look at the following subjects as appropriate:

  • ‘Pull up’ and ‘Pull down’ sensor operation.  How to carry out diagnostic checks and tests, with both DMM, DSO  and test light, as required.  This will reinforce the basic introduction from TP1.
  • ‘Inductive’ and ‘Hall effect’ sensors, reinforcing the basic introduction covered in TP1 and TP2.
  • ‘Bias voltage’ application and diagnostic usefulness.  (What is is and why it is used).
  • Parasitic draw testing.  Utilising various methods, including volt-drop, current clamps and ammeter connection.
  • Testing for ‘Short circuits’ or ‘Open circuits’ in a circuit, using test lights/bulbs.
  • Complex DSO captures, utilising various transducers, as available.
  • ‘AC and DC Coupling’.  Where they maybe used.

Bespoke DSO diagnostic techniques. (TP4)

This training session is a practical session utilising the DSO, specifically to satisfy the needs of the more advanced diagnostic technicians. This can be used to expand the use of some of the more advanced accessories and advanced techniques and will be customised to the specific needs of the technician.

This module will be a practical session and will require a suitable vehicle to carry out the specific training tasks on.

Note: All the above training sessions are informal and adaptable to the abilities and environment.  Up to four technicians can be included in any one session, depending on the environment.

TP1 has the most structured base, as it is designed to be an underpinning module.  I use training support worksheets, as can be seen below, to help the participant’s understand the basic principles of electrical systems diagnostics.