Vocational institutions and training organizations offer courses to train aspiring automotive technicians by allowing them to troubleshoot an automotive engine through various learning activities. The engine diagnosis technique is taught as part of an introductory course towards identifying the engine’s performance factors and diagnosing the source of automotive problems. Trainers and lecturers often utilize a used vehicle or a custom-made engine test bench as a learning platform to teach their students the correct diagnostic and troubleshooting skills. With these high-end training engines, instructors have the flexibility to insert faults to assess students’ competency.
The EM 140S-HY03 Engine Performance Trainer from CONSULAB is much more than a typical engine test bench. This comprehensive training engine is equipped with a Consulink tablet-based platform to allow students to have an interactive learning experience. It consists of a recycled engine, OEM vehicle harness, electrical power distribution components, fuel pump, and auxiliary systems from a functional G4FD 2012-2017 Hyundai Accent 1.6L GDI engine. The innovative training engine allows interaction between the students and the teachers especially when it comes to fault insertions and scenarios. It essentially saves many hours of organization and preparation by instructors and facilitates student engagement with hands-on and self-paced education.
Fig 1: EM 140S-HY03 Engine Performance Trainer from Consulab
Students can generally work on automotive training benches to learn the proper diagnosis and troubleshooting techniques. The EM 140S-HY03 trainer makes their learning easier and more interactive by providing the learning platform showcased in a touch screen interface. This lets the students and the instructors interact via the platform. As shown in the below figure, the Consulink student interface provides the students with access to the safety manual, operation manual, wiring schematics chart, information about the breakout box, videos, component locator, and case studies. The case studies are inbuilt with separate codes assigned to them, as shown in the figure below. Instructors can conduct unbiased assessments by assigning any random case study to the students and creating the problem live without manually inserting faults in the fault box.
Fig 2: Student Learning Interface
Fig 3: Inbuilt Case Studies Available to the Students
Based on the instructions provided in the assigned case study, students can go through OEM diagnostic troubleshooting procedures, use the documents linked with the case study for wiring diagrams and explore codes or data to identify the root cause of the problem.
Traditional test benches require instructors to stand next to the students. They have to assign faults to them to work on, monitor their activities and assess them. This can be very hectic for trainers, primarily when the trainer handles a large group of students. The EM 140S-HY03 provides a separate interface for trainers with the entire curriculum planned out, while they can also access the students’ interface to check their progress. The instructor interface has menus (as shown in the below figure) locked out with password protection to prevent the students from accessing the information that only instructors can access.
Instructors get all the information they need to train the students all in one single console. The teacher’s interface has similar menus from the students’ interface and much more. They have case studies programmed in different lessons with much detailed information and instructions than the students’ version with limited information. This makes the instructor’s job so much easier as the instructor doesn’t need to be in the same room to monitor the students’ activities. They can simply assign the task code to the students and come back to check the results.
Fig 4: Instructors’ Interface
Additionally, teachers can assign tasks for their students to work on without giving away any information or instructions about the scenario they are running. Students are required to manually enter the scenario number, observe any changes in the way the engine operates or behaves and then provide resolution to the problem they found out based on the way the engine responds to the fault.
The new engine performance trainer also facilitates custom fault insertion. Instructors can create their own faults and scenarios and modify the existing ones, allowing them to assess their students the way they desire.
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