Electrical Diagnosis: Establishing a Process
Time: Approximately 30 minutes
- Student handouts (2) that are copied from listserv email
postings of mechanics with real world automotive electrical
problems. You will review the email postings on a
regular basis and copy and save the electrical problems you
feel are best suited for your automotive class.
- Service manuals and/or electrical schematics pertaining to
the vehicles in the two email postings you have chosen to be
used in your classroom.
- Student worksheet (1) used as homework asking students
to detail the diagnostic steps they would undertake to
repair one of the emails depicting a real world automotive
The instructor must become a member of iATN to receive the
email postings. There is no cost to do this. You
first go to the
Next you will scroll down this first page to get to where
you can become a member.
The next part requires you read
the requirements for membership, and then you can click on
You will then read the member
agreement, click on the "agree to abide" box, and then
The final agree to box is on
usage. When you continue, your registration
information will be entered.
Once you are a registered member, you will
begin to receive real world technician problems in your
email. They will look very similar to the posting
Permission must also be obtained from the iATN
network to use the information within your classroom. The
information below details the email contact made to obtain this
Thank you for contacting iATN regarding our policy.
We allow instructors to use information from iATN as a
teaching tool as long as:
1) Personal information about iATN members is not
2) Information gained from iATN is not used for mass
3) Information from iATN stays within your classroom.
4) You are a current member of iATN in good standing.
Thank you for your cooperation. We hope this helps.
if you have any further questions please let us know.
Note: Please include the original message with your
reply. Support is handled by multiple people.
>I am an automotive instructor at a community college. I
am teaching an
>electrical diagnosis class, and I was interested in
reviewing some of
>the email I receive from technicians in my class. I do
NOT have my
>students enroll as members in iATN as they do not have
>years experience, and even if they do have ASE, I know
most of them do
>not have any kind of experience to be able to
>to the group.
>I did see your guidelines for privacy, and it states I
>the originator of the message to get permission. I was
>you have anything you have developed to make it easier
for teachers to
>use the emails in their classes. Can I display an email
message to the
>class?, or do I need to separate permission from
everyone? Do you have
>a blanket permission for educators concerning fair use
Implementation: This RWLO will be used in the
classroom to help the students understand how they can begin to
develop a process for troubleshooting an automotive electrical
The instructor will use one of the two emailed automotive
electrical problems in the classroom, explaining the steps taken
to repair the problem by using an electrical schematic of the
system and information from the service manual. During
this time, a homework worksheet is filled out by the instructor
to show students how to document and organize a plan for
repairing the electrical problem. After engaging the
students in discussion by asking what steps they would take and
facilitating their understanding of the electrical system being
reviewed, the students receive an email posting to be used as a
homework assignment. The second email posting is reviewed
at the next class meeting.
- Become a member of iATN.
- Obtain permission from iATN to use the email postings in
- Read through the email postings you will receive.
Select the two real world email postings you want to use in
your electrical diagnosis class.
- Obtain the electrical schematic for the posting you wish
to review with the class.
- Demonstrate your diagnosis process to the class using
the schematic and posting you selected.
- Pass out the second posting and the worksheet to the
students for homework.