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“This is a rough draft. We are providing delegates with an insight into seminar offerings; however, this list is frequently updated so please check back for changes.”

Here it is just about complete as of 7/2/2009

David Allgood

Seminar Title: Developing an automotive advisory board focuses on

1. The people that should be on the board.

2. How to get the right people involved.

3. Roles of the advisory board

4. Conducting an advisory board meeting.

Seminar Title: Mentoring students focuses on:

1. What the mentor expects

2. What the intern expects

3. What the business expects of an intern

4. Good developmental practices for mentor and interns.


George Arrants

Business Development Manager

Cengage Learning

Seminar Title: Successfully establish an effective cte advisory committee:

Useful tips on how to select and recruit advisory board members that will be most effective for your program/district. Arrange meetings that will have the most value for you, your students and your board members. What should your expectations be? How can you provide value to your board members and students? What should you consider when planning meetings? See how an effective advisory board benefits your students, your program, your community and local business and industry.

Seminar Title: NATEF Recertification Are you ready?

Recertification can require more preparation than the original certification? There are items within the process that should be complete on annual bases and some of those items require advisory committee impute. Also, in 2004 the NATEF revised the standards and some of the rating components which were implemented in the 2005 Automobile revision cycle. Any program certified before these standards will be working with new guide lines that will need to be implemented at the time of recertification. This session will highlight those changes and others items that will be review by the site visit team during the recertification.


Charles Austin

Regional Technical Engineer


BMW Diesel Technology


Skip Saurman

Varant Basmajian

Seminar Title: Attend M.I.T.  (Megatech Interactive Training, that is!)

Experience a unique, blended-learning curriculum for Automotive Technology programs. Taking you from an interactive, hands-on theory concept . . . to dedicated practice on industry component trainers . . . to final application on “live” vehicles (please note: some simulation may be necessary for this presentation).

All participants will receive a complimentary evaluation copy (computer CD) of this program. This CD includes a self-running demonstration as well as a link to on-line instruction and a “do-it-yourself” feature for accurate assessment.

Seminar Title: The Future of Automotive Technology Programs

Where do YOU think your Automotive Technology program is headed? Come and participate in a discussion on what the automotive industry may look like in the year 2020, based upon the combined knowledge of a few notable industry experts and presented by Megatech Corporation, a leader in quality automotive education. Learn what we are attempting to do in order to assure that your programs remain viable and up-to-date.

You should leave this presentation with the knowledge to either build upon what you are already doing successfully or initiate the changes that can enhance your program to meet the future needs of the automotive industry, including some important resources for funding.


Bobby Bassett

Director of Training for Gates Corporation

Seminar Title: Understanding Root cause failures in the Automatic Belt Drive Systems will eliminate combacks that plague the industry today. Plus learn about new problem solving products such as the new Stretch Belt, Unicoil, Chrysler belt kit and more. Also free tool at the end of the seminar.


William Bencini

Seminar Title: Hybrids


Tom Birch

Seminar Title: "Diagnosing Electronic Automatic Transmissions".

This would cover the methods of determining the cause of faults in the electronic control circuits using OEM and aftermarket scan tools and DMMs along with common sense.


Tom Broxholm

Seminar 1 is titled “Logmein and SnagIt”: is a wonderful feature rich remote desktop service that will allow access to any remote computer. SnagIt is another feature rich easy to use program that does a whole lot more than just screen capture. Come and see some of the simple but powerful features that I put to use in automotive education.


Seminar 2 is titled “Differential Setup: In this train the trainer course I will clarify & explain measurement and adjustment of pinion depth, case bearing preload and backlash. The instructors will see a simple way to teach contact patch analysis. I have training material & exercises that the instructor can take back to the classroom. I will share my specific technique for calculating case bearing preload and case manipulation with shims. Demystify and clarify differential setup terms and procedures. Learn to teach this to your students with the aid of my (free only to NACAT members) custom video’s, animations & worksheets.


Christopher Chesney

George Nesniak


Seminar Title: J2534 Reprogramming Update: This would be an excerpt from our 8-hour class that focuses on getting a shop ready for J2534. There are a lot of misconceptions out there regarding this service. J2534 is moving forward as the foundation for OE tools.


Seminar Title: Which scan tool should I buy?: Probably the most asked question in the industry. We focus on categorizing scan tools in a way that helps the technician fully understand what they need to be successful. This is not a sales pitch but rather an honest review of the facts.


Seminar Title: Catalytic Converter Service Issues: With the laws changing in CA this year there is much confusion regarding what is legal and what is not. CA is not our focus. In fact we make the case for considering CARB  OBD-II cats in all 50 states as an option. Catalyst testing is covered but more importantly a clear understanding of all the acronyms is delivered.


Rich Cregar and Rachel Burton

Seminar Title: "Fueling Around with BioDiesel-BioDiesel Production, Quality Testing and Clean Diesel Emission Technology"

Abstract of presentation: The workshop will be divided into two sections.

Section 1: The production of BioDiesel. We will begin by describing the nature of tri-glycerides, fatty acids, methyl esters, etc. After introducing these basic concepts, the class will move to the lab where they will participate in the trans-esterification (conversion into BioDiesel) of 25 gallons of WVO. We will utilize a 30 gallon teaching plant provided by Wake Tech.

The class will move in and out of the lab through the duration of the workshop as the production process continues through filling, titration, methoxide preparation, mixing, settlement, glycerin removal, water washing, etc. While in class we will also cover ASTM testing protocols and various quality and usage issues. This unit will be taught by Rachel Burton & Rich Cregar

Section 2: Clean Diesel/Common Rail Technology. This section will introduce the participants to the functional description of high pressure common rail systems, including high pressure delivery pumps, Piezo Injectors, advanced engine management systems and emission after-treatment system including Diesel Particulate Filters and Selective Catalytic Reduction NOx Converters. Practices that ensure the successful use of Bio Diesel with these late model technologies will be emphasized. Much material from the SAE Symposium “light duty Diesel emissions” will be presented. As time permits the class will also be introduced to Tier 4 standards for non-highway engines and the leading proposals before Congress and the U.N. regarding CO2 emissions. This unit will be taught be Rich Cregar

All participants will receive both a printed handout and disc that will include informative graphics and key points of the workshop. The disc will include materials that can be used by the instructors to deliver this information to their own students.


Jeff Curtis

Seminar Title: Essential Team Based Learning:

This session will explore what it takes for an instructor to implement the essentials of “Team Based Learning”.  Prior knowledge of “Team-Based Learning: A Transformative Use of Small Groups in College Teaching” by Larry K. Michaelsen, Arletta B. Knight, and L. Dee Fink is suggested, but not at all mandatory.

The attendee will leave the session with something that they can use in the classroom to improve student learning.  Be prepared to participate; this will not be a just sit and listen experience.

Seminar Title: PowerPoint: Use it for student learning:

Have you ever been “PowerPointed to death” (or at least deeply bored)?  Let’s explore why slamming 100/slides per hour might not be the best learning tool.  Why putting a document on the screen and reading it to students may be a poor way for students to learn.

This will be a lively session by someone who has killed students with boring PowerPoint’s in the past and vows to “bore no more”.


Paul DeGuiseppi,


Seminar Title: This session will cover the “Best Of” material from MACS’ 2009 Mobile A/C Update. The topics will include:

  • A Practical Approach To Diagnosing HVAC DTCs
  • Clutchless Compressors – An In-Depth Look
  • (Hopefully) Assuring Accurate Troubleshooting
  • “Stretchy” Belts
  • Special Compressor Oils And Dyes For Hybrids
  • What’s The New Refrigerant Going To Be?

Attendees will receive a copy of the MACS 2009 Mobile A/C Update manual.


Tom Dever

Chris File

Carolina Tractor Liftone Division

Seminar Title: Overview of Hydrogen use in industry and specifically in the fuel cell industry. Discussion of basic fuel cell design and real world data from LiftOne’s Deployment Program


Matthew C Dixon and Omar Trinidad

Seminar Title: The new ignition switches

Changes to ignition switches including push button start, position sensor type switches and factory remotestart have changed the way in which power is directed to vehicles circuits


Patrick English

Seminar Title: Careers in Automotive Beyond the Technician Level

This presentation will focus on the many ways students can work in the Automotive Field in The US and a broad in positions above the technician level. There will be an emphasis on showcasing the variety of job titles in the field and the path to those jobs. This presentation will help you answer questions students may have that want to work with cars, but, do not want to be a technician.


Jack Erjavec

Seminar Title: Bankruptcies and how they can affect your programs

This session will start out with a simple overview of the changes in the auto industry over the past year. This will be followed by a simple explanation of what Chapter 11 is and what it did for the manufacturers. Then there will be a discussion on how all of this can impact programs and what we can do about it. I will take notes on the discussion and post them on NACAT’s website after the conference.


Rick Escalambre

Seminar Title: Evaporative Emission Update

The workshop will address at the latest operational changes and testing procedures for the following systems: Vacuum Decay, ASIAN vacuum/pressure spilt systems, vacuum/pressure pumps, and EONV.

Seminar Title: OBD II Diagnostic Strategy

The workshop will provide a systematic approach to On-Board Diagnostics II.  What got the customer in the door was the “MIL” being commanded ON!  The approach starts with understanding the customer complaint, shows how and when to utilize the various OBD II Modes, and the sequence of events that led to the light being activated by the PCM. 

Vince Fischelli

Seminar Title: “The Art of Teaching Vehicle Electrical-Electronics Troubleshooting”

Vince will demonstrate his concepts for teaching students how to troubleshoot vehicle electrical-electronic systems in the least amount of classroom time which are the result of over 25 years teaching electrical-electronics. He will offer some important do’s and don’ts and outline what your curriculum should offer students. Attendees will have the opportunity to use Veejer’s troubleshooting trainers to sample live electrical troubleshooting exercises.

Seminar Title: “A Little Bit of Electrical – A Little Bit of Electronics”

Vince presents a new seminar that draws a clear line between electrical troubleshooting and electronic troubleshooting and points out how the two are interrelated. Several concepts are presented in electrical-electronic troubleshooting techniques that will greatly enhance your curriculum. Emphasis is placed on what you need to teach your students in electrical-electronic systems and what you can/should leave out to maximize the classroom and shop hours you have available.



Paul Fraser

Seminar Title: This presentation will demonstrate state of the art online automotive education, and review U.S. and International data on learning and administrative outcomes with specific to reference to Perkins and NATEF accountability requirements.


Steve Gibson

Rich Dwyer

K&N Engineering – Warranty Dept.

Seminar Title: “Mis-diagnosis in vehicle repair”

Seminar Description: We will discuss situations we see in the K&N Warranty Department which result from poor troubleshooting, misdiagnosis, and/or warranty denials.  Also, K&N’s outreach programs to technicians, students, and schools, to create good relationships, and help them make a correct diagnosis the first time.


Tim Gilles

Seminar Title: Engine Repair and Problem Diagnosis

Highlights from PowerPoint presentations I use in my engine classes at Santa Barbara City College, including examples of stories and case histories to help students learn. The presentation emphasizes worn and failed parts, with questions to help improve diagnostic ability; what caused this to happen and how can you prevent it from happening again?  These ideas can be applied by teachers in other automotive specialty areas, as well.

For over thirty five years, my students have worked in teams.  The team approach has been refined each semester to fit my teaching style and the constantly changing student demographics. This class becomes more structured with each passing year.  I will provide examples of ideas that have worked for me (and some that have not).

Seminar participants will receive the following course materials:

q       Examples of worksheets illustrating how I introduce students to engine theory, combining lecture and lab in a way that is challenging to even the most advanced students.

q       Daily lab logs with rubrics that require students to account for each day’s activities.

q       Some of the PowerPoint presentations that I use in my classes.


Seminar Title: Teaching tips and materials for Introductory Automotive Service

Teaching tips and materials from my Introductory Automotive Service class at Santa Barbara City College.  This lecture/lab course has been effective in recruiting non-automotive majors into our regular NATEF classes.  The course also articulates with local high schools and can fulfill certification requirements for NATEF General Service Technician (GST) and Automotive Technician Training Standards (ATTS).

Cengage-Delmar Learning will provide a GST lab manual to all seminar participants.  They will also provide an Instructor Resource DVD including an image library of photos and illustrations from the 3rd edition of my textbook, Automotive Service. The DVD also includes PowerPoint presentations and a large bank of supplemental test questions with a test-creating program that allows you to easily alter tests and create new ones. 


Barry Graham Gersten

Seminar Title: How to read a Labscope Spec Sheet to get the best performing Ignition Scope/Labscope

Seminar Title: How to shop for and get the best performing - Gas Analyzer and Amp Clamps


Len Gonzalez

Southeast Regional Sales Manager_MGM Brakes

Air Brakes Heavy Truck



Michael Gray

Seminar Title: How do Millennials learn differently than Boomers and X-ers?

How can Wikis, YouTube, Twitter, Blogs, and Facebook be used to teach automotive technology? In this seminar, we will focus on answering these questions.

Seminar Title: Have you considered the value in offering an Introduction to Automotive Technology or Consumer Auto course, but just aren't sure where to start? All drivers would benefit having a basic understanding of one of their most expensive investments. Discover Auto Upkeep - the curriculum over 300 high schools, community colleges, and universities have already adopted to teach basic car care, maintenance, and repair. All attendees will receive a complimentary textbook/workbook set and learn about our NEW teacher wiki (collaborative website) and FREE video online resources. This "turn-key" course is great for attracting male and female students into NATEF certified programs that may not have previously considered automotive technology as a career.



Jim Halderman

The two presentations Engine Oil (with Darrell Deeter) and Coolant (with Tom Birch) are:

Seminar Title: Engine Oil: This presentation covers all of the specifications that the vehicle owner and service technician need to know to use the specified oil. Handouts and a copy of the Power Point will be posted on a web site so the material can be used to teach engine oil.


Seminar Title: Coolant: Two Pearson Prentice Hall authors combine their skills and knowledge to bring you a fast-paced presentation that will remove much of the confusion about the various coolants and explain the specifications and terms used. Handouts will be provided.


Jim Halderman

Jim Morton

Seminar Title: "Sherlock Holmes Diagnosis"

Description: How to diagnosis vehicles using a common sense approach which is easy to master and teach. Handouts will be provided.


Chris Ingram

Seminar Title: Introduction to SMART key- By definition the Smart key system is an advanced computerized system used to unlock door and start the engine without the use of a traditional ‘cut’ key. The operation of the smart key systems used in 2007 and newer vehicles such as Camry and Highlander will be explained. Oscilloscopes and RF detectors will be used to demonstrate the vehicle’s communication signals between main system components.


Raymond Jahn

Seminar Title: How WorkKeys and WIN assist BMW group in Career Development.

BMW Centers who utilize WorkKeys and WIN have developed their staff to premium level building employee retention and Employee satisfaction.


Julia Johnson

Seminar Title: Designing Automotive Classes for Women

Learn how to design an automotive class that meets women’s needs in a friendly, non-intimidating way. Discussion includes designing the class, unique classroom approaches that work for women, resources for outreach and methods to retain female students.




Allan Knitter

Seminar Title: Gas Turbo Direct Injection (GTDI)

GTDI is a new 3.5L V-6 engine from Ford Motor Company that will be first available in the 2010 Lincoln MKS, Flex and Taurus SHO.  It's the V-6 that produces V-8 power (365hp) with V-6 fuel economy.


Pat Lundquist

Seminar Title: NATEF ETL Training

An all-day training session is required for educators who would like to become an Evaluation Team Leader (ETL) for NATEF. You must be an ASE certified master technician in your field (auto, collision, or truck) and be from a certified program to meet the requirements.

Seminar Title: Tips On How To Get Your Program Certified

This session will cover the basics needed to get you on your way to have your program certified. Topics will include: involving others from your school and your Advisory Committee, organizing materials, completing the application, and preparing for the on-site. Photo examples of equipment and facilities will be shown.


Pat Lundquist

Bill Kersten

Session Title: Information & Open Session with NATEF

NATEF staff will report on current activities such as the e-learning initiative and promoting the involvement of advisory committees with programs. There will be an opportunity for attendees to have an open discussion with NATEF staff.


Tony Martin

Seminar Title: Diesel NOx Control Strategies

Oxides of nitrogen (NOx) are the most challenging emission to deal with in diesel engines.  This seminar gives an overview of in-cylinder techniques as well as aftertreatment for reducing diesel NOx emissions.  Technologies to be discussed include high-pressure common rail injection with closed loop control, cooled EGR, urea SCR, and NOx traps.

Seminar Title: ASE A9 Test Prep

ASE launched the A9 Light Vehicle Diesel Engines test during the May 2009 session.  In order to pass this test, a candidate will require a solid understanding of diesel engine theory and operation, especially in the area of fuel and emission control systems.  This seminar will provide knowledge and information resources to help a student prepare for the ASE A9 test.


Christian Meyer

Goodheart Wilcox

Seminar Title: Online Automotive Learning



Dan Shelton

Seminar Title: Test Equipment Safety Ratings – What do they mean?

Seminar Title: DMM functions and features

Joe Rappa

Seminar Title: Using Snap-on Scan Equipment in the Classroom

Description:  How to best use Modis/Solus/Vantage-Pro with your students.  Utilize graphing functions, the record features, and Shopstream Connect as instructional aids and practical record keeping)

Seminar Title: Evaporative Emission Systems Diagnostics

Description: EVAP Diagnostics are rapidly becoming a large part of Automotive Diagnostics.  This class offers a quick overview of how an EVAP System works, and describes a method to diagnose them quickly.

Stephen F. Pulcheon

Seminar Title: Lab Scope Fundamentals

Description: The ABCs of Lab Scopes. What do they do. How do they operate. Waveform basics. VERUS Overview: Snap-on’s powerful evolution in hand held diagnostics. 

Diagnostics plus information access in one handheld platform.  VERUS puts the answers you need at your fingertips, to manage the complete job from start to finish. With true multitasking and integrated diagnostic functions, now you won’t have to leave the fender to use your repair information system, access technical forums, OEM websites, online parts suppliers, or your favorite internet resources. Fix it right the first time with VERUS. The first fully-integrated handheld diagnostic tool with customer/vehicle records, Scanner, Snap-on Troubleshooter, Component Test Meter, 4-channel lab scope, Fast-Track® reference database, and optional J2534 reprogramming capability.


Ronald W. Ray

Director of Education Market Development


Seminar Title: I-CAR & your AUTO SERVICE & Collision Repair Training Program

Learn about new products and services provided by I-CAR to facilitate auto service and collision repair and refinish training and meet and/or exceed the NATEF standards for program ASE certification. Learn more about the online instructor support that I-CAR provides to curriculum customers, and how graduates can receive I-CAR program credit and industry-recognized points for the training they complete. Presenter: Ronald W. Ray, Director of Education Market Development, I-CAR


Andy Rezin

Seminar Title: “How Do I Prepare My Students to be Successful Employees?”

The technical knowledge required to become a successful technician continues to increase. However, it takes more than just technical knowledge to become a success. Join me as we explore some of the ‘life and employability skills’ that can make the difference in helping your graduates to build a successful career.


AL Santini

Seminar Title: Using Mode 5 and Mode 6 Data To Determine Why Monitors Will Not Run

Seminar Title: The Top Ten Reasons Why Monitors Will Not Run and Why You Should Be Teaching Them


Keith Santini

Seminar Title: Creating Animations for use in the classroom


Jennifer Smith

Seminar Title: Preparing your students for the job market.

Will your students be prepared to enter the job market? Learn how to best prepare them though the use of targeted resumes, excellent interviewing skills, and job search strategies.


Steve Smith

Seminar Title: To give the instructors the latest industry OEM Information regarding the changes on how Brake rotors should be resurfaced to match the vehicles.


Grant Swaim

Seminar Title: Technology in the Classroom

This presentation will take a look at the effective use of technology to deliver a blended learning experience to the students. Emphasis will be placed on affordable hardware and software systems that can be easily implemented. During this session there will be an open discussion on the effective use of online instruction. What are the best uses for this technology and what are some of the potential pitfalls.


Craig Van Batenburg

Seminar Title: Hybrid Inverters, DC-DC Converters and AC Motors

By Craig Van Batenburg

Have you ever wondered how these three components work?  It is simple if you take it one step at a time. In ACDC’s five day class Craig has dissected nine hybrids and with help from a man named Mari, ACDC has just released this new class. This is not an engineering class, this was designed for techs that fix cars.

You will learn:

  • How a digital wave form is produced
  • What happens under load to increase power
  • What is an IGBT and why should I care
  • A simple load test for a DC-DC converter
  • Cut away parts will be in class

Take the mystery out of hybrid service and replace it with knowledge. 1,500,000 hybrids in the USA and counting. Are you ready?

Seminar Title: Title “Hybrid Technology Explained … All Systems”

This class will get you up to speed if you are not familiar with ALL hybrids. We will compare GM, Ford, Honda and Toyota hybrid systems and help explain the similarities and differences. Make sure you sign up for Craig’s other hybrid class he is offering at this event.

You will learn:

  • What a BAS, IMA, TMS, 2 Mode systems are and how they operate
  • What can be taught that covers all hybrids
  • What is unique and needs special explanation
  • The three Hazards of Servicing hybrids
  • Tools required for servicing these hybrids
  • Keeping the Students and You Safe .. beyond the High Voltage 

Take the fear out of hybrid service and replace it with knowledge. Don’t buy anything for your school until you have taken this class.  


John Vlaar and Sonny Reeves

Seminar Title: Advancing web-based learning

Electude (the Netherlands) presents an automotive web-based learning system with stunning simulation techniques. Also teacher’s and students’ experience at one of the first schools in the US using the system is presented. For students using the web-based learning system means challenging content while for teachers the focus is on the right managing tools.


Bret E. Williamson

SuperFlow Technologies

Seminar Title: Engine dyno

Seminar Title: Flow Bench



Dr. Lili Johnson

Seminar Title: CSI for Automobiles.