Where Rubber Meets the Road: Ulmer's Training Center
Oct. 9, 2020—This week, Ulmer’s Auto Care charges full speed ahead with technical training courses in the ADAS Center of Cincinnati, which is also owned by Ulmer’s. At a time when crowds are hard to come by, personal hands-on training has never been more elusive.
Before the pandemic, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems training was harder to find due to the lack of standardization and general information. Annual events, seminars, and everything in between have been cancelled or postponed, leaving many in the industry with the same question: What now?
Now, ADAS training is a fast-growing segment that’s finding a strong market of technicians who want to stay up-to-date on repair trends.
The training center hosted its first onsite course at the beginning of September, taught by Niel Speetjans, a technical trainer for the ZF Aftermarket. Bryan Kauffeld, vice president of Ulmer’s, says the first class hosted a group of 12 technicians, most from around the area, to learn about ZF eight-speed transmissions and ADAS calibrations across OEMs.
The reviews were overwhelmingly positive and garnered enough interest for an even larger class, Kauffeld says.
This weekend, the Ulmer’s Training Center will host four courses over two days covering drivability, scan data analysis, and essential diagnostic steps. Participants had the option to register for either one day at a price of $250 or the two-day package for $400.
The first full-capacity class for the ADAS Center of Cincinnati will be taught by Scott Shotton, owner of The Driveability Guys, and holder of approximately 30 ASE certifications.
Shotton’s first class will educate attendees how to successfully diagnose low power problems, misfire and fuel trims, volumetric efficiencies, and employ a variety of OE and aftermarket scan tools.
For Saturday’s second lesson, Eric Ziegler, owner of EZ Diagnostics Solutions, an automotive mobile diagnostics business, will delve into the essential diagnostic steps for electrical issues and driveability.
Ziegler has over 30 years of industry experience, including training techs at national events hosted by Vision, Automotive Service Association, and Specialty Equipment Marketing Association, just to name a few.
This course will use basic, as well as, high-tech tools in order to give the technicians a rounded education and a foundational understanding of how the procedure should go.
The second day of training kicks off with its first of two courses taught by Ziegler. On Sunday morning, he will teach attendees more advanced diagnostics techniques while maintaining a “common sense” approach to eliminate problems.
In the fourth and final leg of this training module, Shotton will teach techs how to understand the basics of computer to computer networks and solve communications issues. The hope of this final session is that shop owners and technicians come away with a game plan, or at least the confidence of one, for the next time an issue occurs.
Of the 20 or so socially-distanced techs that will be attending the weekend session, Kauffeld says seven of them are from Ulmer’s.
“At the end of the day, no one wants to send their technicians to training after a full day of work,” Kauffeld says, “But the end goal is to train techs and ultimately bring training back to us.”
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