The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide is sponsoring the Automotive Software and Electronics Boot Camp with Dr. Mark Quarto in partnership with FutureTech Auto at the MACS training center in Lansdale, PA September 16-20, 2019.
Top auto repair shops need to learn relevant new skills related to electronics, computer software writing, and coding to tackle today and tomorrow’s repair jobs.
The automotive industry has transitioned most automotive systems into the space of advanced electrical, electronics, and software controls. Additionally, hybrid/electric propulsion and ADAS technologies are requiring technicians to become creative and skilled in non-mechanical aspects of the vehicle. Even modern HVAC systems have experienced advances in power electronics with the use of high voltage electric heating, air conditioning, and heat pump components.
Dr. Quarto has addressed the need for higher level electronics training for technicians by creating the Automotive Software and Electronics Boot Camp, an intense five-day training opportunity.
How valuable is what you will learn in this class?
Hear what the students say!
Here are some examples of what you’ll learn…
- Student Project #1
This is a sequential timing circuit that built by students in our Automotive Software & Electronics Fundamentals Boot Camp using one electronic chip to do the job. Although this circuit is only turning on LEDs, it could be used to trigger fuel injectors, ignition coils, position or cycle a solenoid or, anything that needs to be triggered in a sequential order and at any desired time. Several of these chips could be placed in series to do some serious counting.
This circuit could be used to count how many times an event has occurred such as an over or under voltage event, how many times a data request has been made, how many times a circuit has received a wake-up, monitor a significant number of circuits for a parasitic drain (unattended) for extended periods… the application in automotive service is almost endless.
- Student Project #2
Have you ever wanted to monitor one or more circuits for transient noise or overvoltage, and monitor the circuits for various voltage levels, and know when any of the circuits are malfunctioning? The students in our Automotive Software & Electronics Fundamentals Boot camp built the circuit and coded the software to monitor a circuit. They could just as easily build the circuit to monitor 10 circuits simultaneously and monitored 10 different voltage levels. NO SCOPE NEEDED and NO TECHNICIAN TIME NECESSARY after making circuit connections.
These circuits could easily continually monitor circuits day or night, and can do this for long periods of time… and it will inform the technician to know which circuit caused the problem. How fast is the detection? High nanosecond to low/mid microsecond ranges, depending on how many inputs are being monitored and how an interface circuit (if necessary) is constructed. Quick, easy, programmable, and low cost.
- Student Project #3
The participants in the Automotive Software & Electronics Fundamentals Boot Camp had built a Pulse-Width-Modulated (PWM) circuit to control a motor. They had then coded it and are testing it in the video. This project shows them how the controller creates the PWM control, how it controls power by using a motor as an example output.
By knowing more about PWM and being able to build a test circuit to interface with a vehicle system, the technician can substitute a signal to see how the Scan Tool and vehicle responds to determine course of action for repair.
Also, understanding PWM and being able to connect electronic devices/components or, build a specific circuit to them to force a circuit response, is critical for creating a quicker more analytical diagnostic analysis process. More electronics and software understanding and knowledge = more confident diagnostics and repair.
The class is being held at MACS Worldwide headquarters 225 S Broad St Lansdale, PA 19446.