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NCTS 2018

National Conference & Tech Sessions

August 16-19, 2018

Autologic is excited to announce the revival of NCTS in 2018! With support from our partners at WORLDPAC Training Institute and CARQUEST Technical Institute, we're offering instructor led classes with some of the top names in the industry over the course of two days for the first time since 2015.

Rated the single largest European training event in North America.

NCTS 2018 Registration

Registration is OPEN

NCTS Registration Form (downloadable pdf)

  • Discounted SuperShuttle Rate
    • Enter the group code when booking to receive 12% off select SuperShuttle & ExecuCar round trip service.
    • Group Code: 7H4VP

Pricing

$1495—1 Tech, 1 Room
$1195—Additional Tech (max 3 people in 1 room)
$695—Guest (Welcome to all meals. Training not included.)
$1195—1 Tech with training (Hotel not included.)

 

Payment options available. Must be paid in full by August 15, 2018.

NCTS Weekend Schedule

  • Thursday, August 16: Travel Day
    • Event check-in followed by opening reception
  • Friday, August 17: Training Day
    • Classes 8am-12pm
    • Lunch 12-1pm
    • Classes 1m-5pm
  • Saturday, August 18: Training Day
    • Classes 8am-12pm
    • Lunch 12-1pm
    • Classes 1-5pm
    • Closing Dinner
  • Sunday, August 19: Travel Day

Class Schedule

NCTS Class Schedule (downloadable pdf)

 

Session

Session 1

Friday Morning

Session 2

Friday Afternoon

Session 3

Saturday Morning

Session 4

Saturday Afternoon

BMW / MINI

Class

101 - BMW Drivability

Diagnostics (Part 1)

201 - BMW

Drivability

Diagnostics (Part 2)

301 - BMW Logical

Diagnostics

401- BMW/Mini

Advanced Bus Systems

Instructor

Scot Manna/

John Thornton

Scot Manna/

John Thornton 

Scot Manna

 Eric Scharping

Class

102 - BMW New Engine

Technology 6 & 8

Cylinders

202 - BMW/Mini

J2534 Pass

Through

302 - Inroduction to

BMW G Chassis

402 - BMW

Motorsports 4

Instructor

Luke Murray

Nelson Vargas

Eric Scharping

Luke Murray

MBZ / Volvo

Class

103 - Mercedes Body

Systems IV

203 - Diagnosing Mercedes 

Automotive Electronics -

On-Board Bus Systems

303 - Volvo New Technology

403 - Mercedes Diesel Engine

Diagnosis and Repair

Instructor

Ian Lebby

Ian Lebby

Allen Osborne

 Andrew Libert

VW / Audi / Porsche

Class

104 - Autologic VW/Audi

Diagnostics & Coding

204 - Introduction 

to ODIS for VW/Audi

304 - Audi/Volkswagen 

2.0 & 1.8 Engines 

(Hands On)

404 - Hybrid Technologies in 

Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche

Instructor

Craig Shippy

 Craig Shippy

Chris Martino/

Craig Shippy 

Dirk Fuchs

Class

 

 

205 - Porsche Type 

991 & 991.2

 

405 - 2009 to present

 Porsche Type 970 Panamera

Instructor

 

Caleb Pacheco

 

Caleb Pacheco

Asian Cars

Class

105 - Toyota Hybrid

Technology Update

 

 305 - Toyota/Lexus

New Engine Technology

406 - Toyota Platforms:

Operation and Diagnosis

Instructor

Dave Macholz

 

Dave Macholz

Jim Cokonis

English Cars

Class

106 - Jaguar/Land Rover

5.0 Engine (Hands-On)

 

306 - Programming Jaguar

& Land Rover using

SDD J2534 (Live Demo)

 

Instructor

Kelly Conklin

 

Tom Morgan/

Kelly Conklin

 

Domestic / Performance

Class

 

206 - Performance

Turbocharging

307 - GM Networks and

Diagnosis

407 - GM Engine

Performance

Instructor

 

Allen Osborne

Gary Machiros

Gary Machiros

Diagnostics

Class

107 - What's New with

Autologic

207 - Critical Thinking

Diagnostic Skill

308 - Simplifying

Electricity-Sensors and

Control in Automotive

Applications (Hands on)

408 - Simplifying

Electricity-Sensors and

Control in Automotive

Applications (Hands on)

Instructor

Brian Chaffe

G Truglia

Brian Chaffe

Brian Chaffe

Class

108 - J-2534

Programming, Start to

Finish

208 - Capturing

and Finding

Intermittents in

Any Vehicle System

309 - Electronic Engine

Mechanical Testing -

Transducers and

Waveforms

409 - Mastering The

Labscope

Instructor

Gary Smith

Gary Smith

John Thornton

G Truglia

Class

109 - ZF 8HP

Transmission Second

Generation Operation

and Diagnostics

(Hands-On) - Part 1

209 - ZF 8HP

Transmission

Second Generation

Overhaul - Part 2

310 - ZF 9HP

Transmission Operation

and Overhaul (Hands on)

410 - Effective

Electrical

Troubleshooting: Stop-

Start Technologies

Instructor

Niel Speetjens/

Dirk Fuchs

Niel Speetjens/

Dirk Fuchs

Niel Speetjens/

Dirk Fuchs

Peter Orlando

Class

110 - Gasoline Direct 

Injection: Analytic Test Drive

210 - Advanced Technology Vehicles: 

Advanced Driver Assist Systems

 

 

Instructor

Randy Briggs

Randy Briggs

 

 

Management / Communication / Leadership

Class

111 - The Numbers that

Make You Profitable –

Learn to Work Smarter

Not Harder

211 - The Effective

Service Advisor

311 - Advanced Selling –

You Can Sell Anything

You Believe In

411 - Maximizing Profits

Selling Advanced Level

Diagnostic Services

Instructor

Cecil Bullard

Jeremy O'Neal

Cecil Bullard

Jeremy O'Neal

 

 

Class Details

101 - BMW Drivability Diagnostics Part 1*
Scot Manna/John Thornton
*Part 2 optional, not required
—Advantages of variable valve lift control
—Description of the 3 generations of valvetronic systems, including component breakdowns
—In-depth discussion of system operation with known good scan data values and lab scope waveform analysis
—Discussion of engine mechanical tests that can be used to determine system problems
—Cranking vacuum and in-cylinder scope analysis testing to determine compression or airflow problems
—Case studies
 
102 - BMW New Engine Technology 6 & 8 Cylinders
Luke Murray
—Newest 6 & 8 Cylinders Engine Technology 
—B58 6 Cylinder Engine - Design, Function and Common Service Issues
—N63TU2 8 cylinder Engine - Design, Function and Common Issues
—Mechanical and Electrical System Changes, Updates and Improvements
—Newest Crankcase Ventilation Technology
—BMW's “modular design” - Functions and Overview
 
103 - Mercedes Body Systems IV
Ian Lebby
—S-Class (V222) & E-Class 213 Introduction
—Philosophy of Intelligent Drive, Drive Pilot and Autonomous Drive Systems
—Data Acquisition, Networking and Recognition
—Collision Avoidance and Amelioration
—Telematics NTG 5.5 System Innovations
—Mercedes 360 degree Camera, Night View Assist and Thermal Imaging Systems
—Mercedes Magic Body and Wiper Systems
—Mercedes-Benz Magic Suspension (Active Body Control) and Common Issues
—Mercedes Braking Systems and PRE-SAFE Functions
—Flex Ray Network Architecture, Ethernet and Diagnostic Procedures
 
104 - Autologic VW/Audi Diagnostics & Coding
Craig Shippy
—Live Demonstration on Engine Timing
—Fuel System Components and Diagnostics
—Live Data with Known Good Values
—Common Problems
 
105 - Toyota Hybrid Technology Update
Dave Macholz
—4th Generation Toyota Hybrid Technology
—2ZR-FXE 2016 Prius Engine Technology
—Vehicle Control History Techstream Functions
—New Diagnostic Trouble Code architecture
—Megohmmeter Diagnosis
—Milliohmmeter Diagnosis
—Diagnostic Strategies
 
106 - Jaguar/Land Rover 5.0 Engine (Hands-On)
Kelly Conklin
—Hands on Demonstration Covering Major Engine Issues
—High Pressure Fuel Pumps Diagnostics
—Cam Timing and How to Set Up and Check the Engine
—Systems and Component Overviews
 
107 - What's New With Autologic?
Brian Chaffe
—Software Coding and Programming
—2017-2018 Company Overview
—Technical Support Workflow
—New Chassis Development
—BMW Special Features and Functions
—Autologic Into the Future
 
108 - J-2534 Programming, Start to Finish
Gary Smith
—Overview of J-2534 Programming Covering OEM Software Access, Equipment, and Tips
—NASTF Interface, Locksmith VSP Info for Key Programming and More
—How J-2534 works, how to get started and provides all the links and information to be successful at programming
—Navigating the Setup Process With OEM Subscriptions
—What Mistakes NOT to Make When Getting Started in Programming
 
109 - ZF 8HP Transmission Second Generation Operation and Diagnostics (Hands-On) - Part 1*
Niel Speetjens
*Must take both Part 1 & 2
—ZF 8HP Second Generation Operation and Diagnostics
—New Mechatronic and Pressure Regulators
—Second Generation Torque Converter Operation and Diagnosis
—Oil Change Service Procedures and Tricks
—Transmission Diagnostics
—Common Problems and Solutions
—8HP Adaptations: To Reset or Not To Reset? 
 
110 - Gasoline Direct Injection: Analytic Test Drive
Randy Briggs
—The repeatable test drive
—VE vs. Load PIDs
—Fuel delivery evaluation by scan tool
—Air/Fuel adaptive vs Air/Fuel control
 
111- The Numbers that Make You Profitable – Learning to Work Smarter Not Harder
Cecil Bullard
—The Basic Formulas to Diagnose Your Business
—3 Formulas to Set Your Sales and Production Goals
—What is Financial Balance and Why it is Important
—The Best Ways to Improve Margins
—The 5 Keys to Increasing Your Average Repair Order
—How Productivity Affects Your Margins and What it Costs When Your Staff is Unproductive
—The Difference Between Accounting Numbers and Management Numbers
—When and Why Additional Car Count Might Actually Sink You Faster
201 - BMW Drivability Diagnostics Part 2*
Scot Manna/John Thornton
*Part 1 optional, not required
—Bosch LSU Air\fuel sensors, application and testing
—Brief discussion of BMW fuel trim parameters
—Crankcase pressure testing and using this test in diagnostics
—VANOS vane style cam phasing system operation
—Testing VANOS with scan data and using the lab scope to verify operation
—Case studies
 
202 - BMW/Mini J2534 Pass Through
Nelson Vargas
—BMWTIS.com Subscription Setup and Cost
—PC Requirements and Settings
—Connectivity Requirements
—ISTA Abilities and Limitations
—Installing BMW ISTA (integrated service and information)
—ISTA/P First Start Up
—Vehicle Requirements Before Programming
—Programming and Encoding EGS (Transmission Control Unit) with J2534
—Technical Support
 
203 - Diagnosing Mercedes Automotive Electronics - On-Board Bus Systems
Ian Lebby
—Energy Management, Network Monitoring and Diagnosis
—Identifying Malfunctions in the CAN Bus Network and FlexRay
—Overall Network Using an Example, Potential Distributors, Terminating Resistors
—Gateways On-Board Electrical System Structure, Function and Operation
—CAN Bus, FlexRay™ and LIN Bus, CAN Bus Malfunctions and Troubleshooting Methods
—Ohm’s Law and Apply it During Troubleshooting
—Networking Physical Layer Characteristics
—Accurate Measurements of Voltage, Current and Resistance Using a Multimeter
—Characteristics of Series and Parallel Circuits
—Data Bus Systems and Networking, Characteristics and Operation
 
204 - Introduction to ODIS for VW/Audi
Craig Shippy
—Vehicle Diagnostics
—Engine Control Unit replacement
—Control Unit Updating and Coding
—Component Protection Removal
—Key Programing
—Component Protection Removal
—Remote Programing
 
205 - Porsche Type 991 & 991.2
Caleb Pacheco
—Review of the 911 (991) Models 
—Overview of Forced Induction Engines (991.2)
—Engine Management System Overview
—Running Gear and Body Changes
 
206 - Performance Turbocharging
Allen Osborne
—How Does a Turbocharger Work? More complex than it appears
—How to Select the Correct Turbocharger for the application
—Engine Prep for Successful Turbocharging
—Boost Pressure, How Much is too Much and What to Realistically Expect for Power
—Inter-cooling. "The Car With the Best inter-cooler wins"
—Turbocharging with Different Fuels
 
207 - Critical Thinking Diagnostic Skills
G Truglia
—Setting up a diagnostic game plan
—Diagnostic routines using PCM strategies and Enabling Criteria
—Coding and Reprogramming Techniques
—Pressure transduces, Real World Case Studies and much more.
 
208 - Capturing and Finding Intermittents in Any Vehicle System
Gary Smith
—Techniques and Strategies for Tracking Down Intermittent Complaints in Electronic Systems
—Identify Different Approaches to Working with the Customer When Dealing with an Intermittent Problem
—Look at the Pre-Work Needed to Approach Intermittents Armed for Success
—Identify Several Approach Methodologies to Set up for and Capture the Intermittent on the First Attempt
—Look at Tools and Techniques of “Duplication” or Simulation to Induce the Problem
—Data Capture and Analysis, What Works, and What Doesn’t?
—Case studies Show the Methodology of Each Fix Approach, Which is Unique to the Specific Problem, Actually use the Information From this Class to Fix Cars When you Return to the Shop!
 
209 - ZF 8HP Transmission Second Generation Overhaul - Part 2*
Niel Speetjens/Dirch Fuchs
*Must take both Part 1 & 2
—ZF 8HP Second Generation Operation
—Common Failures, Repairs and Service Diagnostics
—Hands on the 8HP Second Generation Transmission
—Comparison Between the 8HP First and Second Generation
—Special Tools
 
210 - Advanced Technology Vehicles: Advanced Driver Assist Systems
Randy Briggs
—Systems operation
—Tools and equipment
—Adaptive methods
—Exploration of the business model
 
211 - The Effective Service Advisor
Jeremy O'Neal
—Use our unique Time Management Process to manage your most precious commodity
—What the top 1% of Service Advisors do to create maximum sales and production
—How to squeeze every ounce of production out of every day
—What it takes to shatter sales records and provide the ultimate client service experience
—Class bonus - gain an additional 1 hour of productive time every day
301 - BMW Logical Diagnostics
Scot Manna
—2007 Mini Cooper R56 Rev Limit
—2013 BMW X-5 Turbo Code
—2011 BMW 335i Emission Failure
—2007 BMW X-5 VANOS Codes
—2011 Mini Cooper GDI No-Power Complaint
—2001 BMW X-5 No Crank Condition
 
302 - Introduction to BMW G Chassis
Eric Scharping
—Evolution of BMW Car Models With the Engineering Designation G
—The Latest Changes in BMW Body Electronics
—The Latest Advancements in the BMW Active Chassis
—New Updates to the Driver Assistance Systems
—Maintenance and Repair Guidelines
 
303 - Volvo New Technology
Allen Osborne
—Volvo's new engine family
—Volvo's system of direct injection.
—New fuel system components and configuration
—Several new system components
—Volvo's Hybrid system
—Volvo's brake-by-wire system.
—Electric drive rear axle system
 
304 - Audi/Volkswagen 2.0 & 1.8 Engines (Hands On)
Chris Martino/Craig Shippy
—Live demonstration on engine timing
—Fuel System
—Common problems
—Live data on good running engine
—Good and bad scope patterns
—Practical testing of powertrain components
—Geared towards aftermarket techs
 
305 - Toyota/Lexus New Engine Technology
Dave Macholz
—2GR-FKS 3.5L Direct Injected V-6 – Tacoma, Highlander, Sienna, RX 350
—D4-S Direct Injection Operation and Diagnostics
—VVTi-W - Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence – Wide Valve Opening Angle
—8AR-FTS – 2.0L Turbo –Lexus NX, Lexus RC – Toyota Camry
—Toyota Turbo System
 
306 - Programming Jaguar & Land Rover using SDD J2534 (Live Demo)
Tom Morgan/Kelly Conklin
—System Driven Diagnostics Subscription Setup and Cost
—Connectivity Requirements
—Installing SDD Initial Start Up
—Abilities and Limitations
—Vehicle Requirements Before Programming
 
307 - GM Networks and Diagnosis
Gary Machiros
—Diagnostic approach by network type
—GM Protocols, UART, Class II, GMLAN, LIN
—Specific GM scan tool network diagnostic tools
—Wiring schematic usage & RPO codes
—Lab Scope usage to locate opens, high resistance and other network faults
 
308 - Simplifying Electricity-Sensors and Control in Automotive Applications (Hands On)*
Brian Chaffe
*max 10-15 people, 4 hour class
—Class attendees will work together in groups to build circuits using provided electrical training boards and DVOM. Students will start off with simple circuits and learn best practices on testing each circuit including voltage drop, circuit integrity, and amperage draw.
—Simple Digital Sensor Circuit
—Lamps and Actuator Circuits
—Using Transistors Circuits
—Construction Relay Circuits
—Build and Test Analog Inputs
—Fault Detection With ECU’s
—Open Loop vs Closed Loop
—Controlling DC Motors
—Controlling Stepper Motors
—Multimeter Testing
 
309 - Electronic Engine Mechanical Testing - Transducers and Waveforms
John Thornton
—Engine Mechanical Testing using Electronic Tools to verify Base Mechanical Condition and Allow for Complex Engine Mechanical Failure Diagnosis
—Relative Compression Testing, In-Cylinder compression Analysis and Intake Vacuum Analysis
—Engine Mechanical Waveform Analysis
—Real World Case Studies
 
310 - ZF 9HP Transmission Operation and Overhaul (Hands On)
Niel Speetjens/Dirch Fuchs
—Operation and Diagnostics, Torque Flow 
—Dog Clutch Testing and Common Failures
—Valve Body with Pressure Sensor Evaluation and Assembly
—Transmission Control Unit Pinout Diagnosis
—Torque Converter Operation and Diagnosis
—Common Problems and Solutions
 
311 - Advanced Selling – You Can Sell Anything You Believe In
Cecil Bullard
—7 Key Ways to Overcome Your Fears
—Building Confidence in Your Staff, Yourself and Your Product
—2 Ways Guaranteed to Stop Emotional Discounting
—The Key Phrases to Get Them to Say Yes
—How to Sell Maintenance and Service
—10 Keys to Better Communication
—Building an Estimate That Improves Your Sales
—10 Things That Will Increase Your Odds of Getting to YES
—Handling Objections and Increasing Sales
—How to NEVER Give a Price Over the Phone
401 - BMW/Mini Advanced Bus Systems
Eric Scharping
—Practical Bus Operation to Fix Cars Now
—All BMW Bus Systems Covered
—Bus System Waveform Analysis and Diagnostics
—Is the Symptom Caused by a Wire Harness Defect or a Faulty Control Module?
—The equipment required to diagnose and repair a Bus System
 
402 - BMW Motorsports 4
Luke Murray
—Covering “F” Chassis Motorsports Vehicles
—What we Learned From the E70 MX5
—Engine Mechanical Overview
—Engines Covered S63/S63TU/S55
—Engine Management Overview and Diagnosis Techniques
—Chassis System Components and Operation
 
403 - Mercedes Diesel Engine Diagnosis and Repair
Andrew Libert
—642 Engine Component Overview and Operation
—651 Engine Components Overview and Operation
—Common Issues and Repairs
 
404 - Hybrid Technologies in Volkwagen, Audi and Porsche
Dirk Fuchs
—Hybrid - Operations and Diagnostics
—Safety, Switches and Shutoffs
—Battery System Diagnostics and Programming
—High Voltage Component Overview
 
405 - 2009 to present Porsche Type 970 Panamera
Caleb Pacheco
—Review of the Panamera (970) Model
—Mechanical and Electrical Overviews
—Network Overview
—Autologic Functions and Routines
 
406 - Toyota Platforms: Operation and Diagnosis
Jim Cokonis
—TechStream Lite Usage and Data Analysis
—TIS Toyota Information System
—Repair Manual Navigation
—Key Documents
—Wiring Diagram Features and Use
—Powertrain Management
—Networking Operation and Tips
—Other Vehicle Systems and Components
—New Technologies
 
407 - GM Engine Performance
Gary Machiros
—Service information: Interpreting DTC information, Hard to find PCM updates with TIS to Web calibration information, PIPs the hidden TSBs
—Advanced scan tool DTC Information diagnosis: Interpreting DTC test status, DTC Symptom codes, fail record information and more.
—Misfire Diagnosis: Interpreting current and history misfire data, current misfire accumulator usage.
—Active Fuel Management: theory of operation and diagnosis 
—Diagnosis with scan tool data: Knowing good data from bad data, i.e. fuel trim, calculated load, MAP, MAF, etc.
—Advanced EVAP system diagnosis
—Engine Performance case study
 
408 - Simplifying Electricity-Sensors and Control in Automotive Applications (Hands On)*
Brian Chaffe
*max 10-15 people, 4 hour class
—Class attendees will work together in groups to build circuits using provided electrical training boards and DVOM. Students will start off with simple circuits and learn best practices on testing each circuit including voltage drop, circuit integrity, and amperage draw.
—Simple Digital Sensor Circuit
—Lamps and Actuator Circuits
—Using Transistors Circuits
—Construction Relay Circuits
—Build and Test Analog Inputs
—Fault Detection With ECU’s
—Open Loop vs Closed Loop
—Controlling DC Motors
—Controlling Stepper Motors
—Multimeter Testing
 
409 - Mastering The Labscope
G Truglia
—Important information and diagnostic routines on labscope usage that will help all technicians, from entry level to advanced, quickly diagnose and repair vehicles. 
—How to Connect, Display, and Interpret Labscope Readings on all major brands of Labscopes, Scope Controls, Connections, Channels, Coupling, Time and Voltage Settings
—Scope Controls, Connections, Channels, Coupling, Time and Voltage Settings
—Understanding Major Signal Types and analysis
—Transducer when and how to use and analyze signal
 
410 - Effective Electrical Troubleshooting: Stop-Start Technologies
Peter Orlando
—Dual battery and robust starter designs
—Unique components and strategy
—Diagnostic evaluations
—Repair methods
 
411 - Maximizing Profits Selling Advanced Level Diagnostic Services
Jeremy O'Neal
—What to do when your tech gets in over his head on a drivability diagnosis
—Tech spends 3 hours of diagnosing a vehicle and still no answers. What to do as the shop owner?
—Master the skills needed to educate the customer. Enroll them in the Root Cause Diagnostic Procedure (RCDP)
—You'll leave with the confidence and skills to help you increase your labor revenue on the tough jobs

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