HOTT TrainingASA Illinois is excited to host several Hands-On Tech Training (HOTT) events in 2018. The first two dates for this all-day hands-on training were in April. Three additional HOTT events are scheduled for the Fall and two more for the Winter of 2019: (more dates to come)

Saturday, September 29 at College of DuPage, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 20 at Triton College, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 3 at Rock Valley College, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 26, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Some HOTT event will feature two separate all-day hands-on classes. Each class is limited to just 16 people, so these classes will sell out quickly! 

REGISTER NOW to take advantage of Special Rates:

> ASA Members: $195 (use promo code MEMBER195 during registration)

> Non-Members: $250

Saturday, November 3 at Rock Valley College in Rockford, IL - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Instructor Louie Nelson: Effective Electrical Troubleshooting: Digital Storage Oscilloscope Application and Testing

(Rescheduled from October 6)

Sponsored by Carquest Technical Institute              CLICK HERE to Register

This all-day hands-on course will present practical application of Digital Storage Oscilloscope (DSO) techniques. Appropriate testing methods of major automotive systems including fuel, ignition, charging/starting and engine mechanical will be presented. Each system will be approached with several core questions: What am I working on/how does it work? What questions do I need answers to for effective analysis? What DSO technique can I use to obtain those answers? What results should I expect?

Learn the best way to setup and capture waveforms that provide precise information for problem analysis. Voltage, current, pressure and comparative multichannel tests will be taught as they best apply to specific components and circuits. Learn how to turn your oscilloscope skills from just “running” your scope into analyzing with your DSO. 


Announcing a Special 4-Part PicoScope Training Series with Ken Zanders

Read below or CLICK HERE for more information on the Pico Series!

Special Rate for the PicoScope 4-Part Training Series: Get 20% off when you register for the complete series! Early Bird cost for ASA Members is just $624 for 32+ hours of hands-on training in four sessions. (Non-Members cost is $800 for the 4-Part Series.) 

PicoScope Training Series: Become a Pico “Power User” through this 4-Part Series

Instructor: Ken Zanders
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Four dates will present Parts I though IV: September 29, October 20, January 26 and February 23

ASA Illinois is excited to have the charismatic, hands-on instructor Ken Zanders leading this four-part training series, beginning on September 29, 2018. Ken will guide you through an extensive, 32-hour detailed approach to the PicoScope with formal mentoring between classes and goal setting techniques for driveability diagnosis. The overall goal of this program is that each student becomes a confident “power user” of the Pico equipment and its accessories. The training will be in four parts, each session will be an all-day Saturday event.

These sessions will be truly HANDS-ON, with all participants performing significant hands-on activity. Ken will include a “Show Me” element for all tasks, i.e., Ken will ensure everyone is hands-on and can demonstrate they can put into practice what they’ve learned. Assignments will be provided for you to complete after you return to your shop. Ken will provide formal mentoring between classes, as needed, to ensure each level of competency before you move to the next level and course. Parts I and II will be held on September 29 at College of DuPage and October 20 at Triton College. Parts III and IV will be held in January/February 2019.

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PicoScope Training I:  Saturday, September 29, 2018 at College of DuPage

The first course of this 4-part training series will provide an introduction to PicoScopes from a detailed approach to get the student started with goal setting techniques for driveability diagnosis. This training will provide a pictorial view as to whether or not electrical components are working properly. The student will leave with a very good understanding of “where do I start” techniques. The session will include:

  • Waveform Library: The Waveform Library Browser, The Automotive Waveform Exchange
  • Automotive Menu: Guided Tests (Oxygen Sensors, Cam and Crank Sensors, CAN High and Low Signals)
  • Pico Diagnostics: Pico Diagnostics (Software) - Battery Testing, Compression Testing, Cylinder Balance
  • Basic Engine Mechanical: Relative Compression Testing (Pico Scope) - Proper Synch Probe Usage (Channel A), High Amperage Current Probe (Channel B), Cranking Voltage (Channel C)
  • Advanced Engine Mechanical: In-Cylinder Analysis

PicoScope Training II:  Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Triton College 

The second course in the 4-part training series will apply an intermediate approach. The training in this course will center around intermediate techniques in engine mechanical analysis. This training will provide a pictorial view into engine integrity. There will be certificates issued from Pico Technology after completion of this course. The session will include:

  • Main Toolbars:  Detailed Discussion of menus for Pico scopes and usage; Rulers and Updates for Pico
  • Automotive Menu: Guided Tests (Injectors, fuel Pumps, EGR and Ignition patterns (voltage and current waveforms)
  • Connect Detect: Proper connection of test probes - Serial Decoding, Triggering, AC vs DC Coupling
  • Advanced Engine Mechanical: In cylinder analysis review and - interpretation - Vacuum Waveforms, Exhaust Waveforms, Proper Synching of these waveforms

PicoScope Training III:  Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Chicagoland location TBD

The third course in the series will apply an advanced. The peak of our training in this course will center around advanced techniques in scope diagnostics. There will be discussion manual setup, low amp probes, alarms and signals obscured by noise. There will be certificates issued from Pico Technology after completion of this course. This session will include an Advanced Step Forward:

  • Start Up Settings: Manual Setups, Noise Reduction, Aligning Reference Waveforms
  • Unique Low Amperage Probe Use: Parasitic Drains
  • Practical Testing - Course Required: Injector Voltage and Current, Cam and Crank, Fuel Pressure, EGR, Fuel Pump Current, Ignition Patterns, Various sensors
  • Review Engine Mechanical (If Time Allows): In cylinder analysis review and interpretation, In Cylinder Vacuum Waveforms. In Cylinder Exhaust Waveforms

PicoScope Training IV:  Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Chicagoland location TBD

The final course in the 4-part series training program will continue at an advanced level. This course will define advanced techniques in engine mechanical analysis. The peak of our training in this course will center around the WPS500X Transducer. Technicians completing this series will receive certificates issued from Pico Technology and will be “power users” of the Pico equipment and accessories.

Advanced Techniques and the WPS500X

  • Making a Measurement: What is the WPS500X? What can the WPS500X do? A detailed discussion of the tool and its accessories
  • Advanced Engine Mechanical: In cylinder analysis review and interpretation, Vacuum Waveforms, Exhaust Waveforms, Proper Synching of these waveforms, Fuel Testing, Fuel Pressure
  • Functions of the tool: Zoom Function, Enhanced Analysis

Watch for more HOTT class descriptions coming soon.

Schedule for each day:

  • Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., with coffee and pastries
  • The class will start promptly at 8:00 a.m.
  • A casual lunch will be served at noon 
  • There will be a morning and afternoon beverage breaks
  • The class will end at 4:30 p.m.
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