By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine
Meet the teacher
Continuing our series of blogs introducing some of the teachers and presenters that will be presenting classes at the upcoming MACS Training Event and Trade Show in February. Each of these class leaders has been chosen for their detailed knowledge of their topic and their ability to present it to you.
Tom Wilkins & Mike Maxwell, Noregon Systems
“JPRO software” for HD and Off-road vehicles
The HD market is catching up quickly to the passenger car segment as expanded electronics and diagnostics make their way onto big workhorse vehicles. Tom Wilkins and Mike Maxwell introduce Noregon Systems’ JPRO diagnostic software. Their product isn’t the only game in town but it is one of the most popular. If you work on any of the most popular trucks and engines – International, Detroit, Freightliner, Volvo, Cummins, Mercedes, Ford, GM and many others – you need to be in this class.
Both these teachers have the chops to get you up to speed quickly. Tom has more than 25 years experience training technicians with Cummins and Thomas Built Bus products and currently trains technicians to use Noregon Systems products. He is also an expert in shop operations, estimating processes and diagnostic tooling requirements. Mike Maxwell came to Noregon from Wells Lamont Industrial and prior to that served in management positions at Trico, NAPA and other automotive distribution companies.
We asked why this class is important to be in.
Tom said, “Making more money in the mobile service business is about two things—selling more parts and labor and increasing your value to your customer.
“In mobile service you need the right tools and processes to accomplish this consistently and better than the other guy. Since 1995 (with the onset of electronic systems on heavy duty vehicles) the processes and tools were designed to diagnose and fix one problem and system at a time.
“OEMs have perpetuated this with their application design. This class seeks to explain why serialized diagnostic tools and processes are outdated and inefficient. Using tools like JPRO address this issue and put money in your pocket and make your better at mobile service than the other guy.”
Mike added, “In short, we’ll help you get your vehicles on the road faster, saving you time and money. JPRO provides technicians with a user-friendly way to get a complete view of vehicle systems. with a significant reduction in the time needed to find issues and make repairs. Our software provides over 28,000 heavy and medium duty truck OEM fault codes—the most complete coverage in the industry.”
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