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Essential Oscilloscope Skills

Essential Oscilloscope Skills – 2 Days

If you’ve ever diagnosed a vehicle and fitted a part that didn’t fix it (and let’s face it most of us have at some point) then the reason could be a straightforward one, there’s a test that wasn’t carried out.

Whilst fault codes and serial diagnosis are an essential part of the diagnostic routine it’s best practice to test components prior to replacement. Enter the oscilloscope…..

Scopes are the go to test tools for many automotive electrical systems. The great news is that our introductory two day course will remove the mystery surrounding this amazing tool and show you how to put it to good use the very next day in your workshop. Everyone CAN use a scope and we’ll show you how to be more confident with yours.

You’ll be using a selection of scopes including Pico, Tektronix, Fluke, and Bosch to name a few. If you’d like to bring your own then that’s fine by us. In this very practical course you’ll learn the differences between the many different types of scope along with their pro’s and con’s.

You'll Discover...

The different ways to connect to the circuit or component under test as well as how to display a waveform and interpret its meaning.

You’ll be using the scope to test engine management systems including the many actuators and sensors and learn how to start to make diagnostic decisions based on the results. You’ll also scope vehicle network systems and increase your awareness on what both good and bad waveforms look like.

Having had two days of scope joy with us you’ll be more confident in using this great tool to help you make more informed diagnostic decisions.

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Course Overview


Oscilloscope choice and why they’re not all the same.


Scope or Meter. Which one yo use and when.


How to reliably set up your scope.


Scope specs and how to avoid common mistakes.


Coupling circuits and how they affect your measurement.


Fundamental scope triggers.


Circuit connection methods. What and what not to do.


Multi channel testing strategy.


Transducers. What they are and when to use them.


Oscilloscope sensor analysis.


Oscilloscope actuator analysis.


Introduction to testing vehicle networks.

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