Dan Sullivan's Training Event Was A Knock-Out!


Article from this month's issue of The Automotive Technician (TaT)

Two groups of Australian auto technicians have just completed advanced workshops on electrical fault-finding with leading American specialist and trainer Dan Sullivan.

Dan Sullivan's Funamental Electrical TroubleshootingAuthor of a 200-page electrical diagnostics book used in technical schools in the US, Dan has trained more than 4,000 technicians since 1996. He is specifically skilled in electrical theory and practice. His training concepts are based on the peculiar nature of electrical systems, why they fail, and how they should be diagnosed.

Dan was brought to Australia by electronic tools importer and wholesaler Dayle Thomas of OLTC for only two courses, one in Ipswich, Queensland and one in Murray Bridge, South Australia.

TaT was well represented at both courses. Research director Deyan Barrie attended both, and TaT technical editor Jeff Smit and technical writer Jason Smith were in the South Australian audience.

Both training sessions were highly successful and voted tops by all attendees.

Deyan Barrie said he found the courses most rewarding, and that he learnt much from Dan’s training technique.

The Queensland session was a full four days of learning about electrical circuits and how to diagnose faults correctly and efficiently. The South Australian session over two days at the Murray Bridge TAFE covered logical electrical trouble shooting.

Organiser Dayle Thomas said his decision to bring Dan to Australia had been fully vindicated by the enthusiastic response to both sessions.

'The highlight for me was to see experienced technicians like Deyan Barrie rubbing shoulders with newcomers to the industry who barely understood multimeters and yet both technicians came away with new knowledge about testing and diagnosing faults in electrical circuits.'

Jeff Smit, himself an accomplished technical teacher, was equally impressed. 'Dan teaches that there are only three possible faults in an electrical circuit – open, short and high resistance.

'His training was hands-on and he had us working on training boards and constructing our own circuits to which faults were introduced – and then we had to diagnose those faults,' Jeff added.

TaT’s Jason Smith, from Melbourne, said he thoroughly enjoyed the training and picked up a lot of knowledge just by working together with other technicians.

Dan checks for faults that participants have madeOther technicians said the training session had helped to push their thinking on electrical fault-finding in new directions, which would ultimately play out as time saved in the workshop.

Trainer Dan told Jeff Smit that he would happily return to Australia as a result of the great feedback he received. He said he found Australian technicians worked quicker and seemed more confident than their American counterparts. He believed that those who rolled up to his Australian courses seemed surprised at how much they could do with their multimeters and the influence of ghost voltages.

Given the warnings issued in this month's TaT issue, 'Too many distractions', TaT directors Jeff and Deyan said that training events like Dan Sullivan’s should have been swamped with participants.

'Trainers should be turning people away', they said. 'Instead, we often wonder if enough people will show up to justify the expense of putting them on.

'It’s also interesting to note that you will see the same faces at most training events. Organisations like VASA, for example, which has been running annual training events for many years, believes that 80 per cent of their audience are the same technicians who turn up year after year. They never seem to tire of training, even though sometimes they’ve heard it all before.

'TaT is dedicated to training and working at programs to encourage younger technicians to join in and discover what an exciting world automotive diagnostics can be,’ they said.

OLCT is excited about providing further rewarding training events into the future. You can visit the Training Page to view upcoming training events, and register your interest.


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