The First Annual Western Wheels Conference

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A huge thanks to everyone who made the first annual DAKTIC Western Wheels Conference a huge success! For those of you who missed it, recordings of all three days of online training are available for one week only, and ASE has given us clearance to issue certificates for those who watch these recordings in that time frame.

Watch Videos, Earn Credit – August 7-14

Whether you missed one session or the whole conference, it’s not too late. Thanks to agreements with our partners and ASE, we’ve made all session videos and materials available for credit for one week only for those who subscribe to the DAKTIC mailing list with the form on the right.

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Conference Introductions

8:00 – 8:30am PDT // Ed Clayson

Join us as Ed Clayson, founder of the family business behind The DAKTIC Western Wheels Conference, kicks things off and introduces you to the DAKTIC team.

My Check Engine Light is On…?

8:30 – 9:45am PDT // Tim Dwyer

In Automotive Service Technology, teaching engine performance from a distance presents a challenge! Allowing small groups of students back on campus for some “hand’s on” time can be best spent if they come prepared. Join our session for some techniques on how to present pre-work online first so the student can maximize their time in a lab setting. We will remotely diagnose a CEL (on a ConsuLab engine bench trainer) and all participants will have an opportunity to contribute to this discussion!

CAN Bus Multiplex Systems

10:00 – 12:00pm PDT // Al Santini

In this course, we discuss the evolution of CAN Bus multiplex systems and explain their propagation throughout today’s vehicles.  We also share best practices on how to explain the function of CAN Bus systems to your students.  The course also includes “hands-on” activities where attendees build multiplex circuits on ConsuLab MP-1918 trainers.   Additionally, diagnosis of common faults are demonstrated using a multimeter and oscilloscope.


1:30 – 2:45pm PDT // Rick Martineau

During my time in the classroom I have always found that students struggle with concepts. They like tangible items such as disassembling and reassembling components. There are some items when discussing alignment angles that are very visible and others that are not. The angles that we cannot see without the use of equipment are just as important and can help with diagnosis of vehicle dynamics. We will discuss various ways to teach alignment angles and how to use them for diagnosis.

Hybrid + EV Battery Safety

3:00 – 4:00pm PDT // Bob McGinn

As more and more hybrid and electric vehicles hit the road, preparing your students to safely work on them becomes increasingly essential. Join Bob McGinn from CCAR, the only automotive-focused organization affiliated with both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and learn how you can protect your students (and yourself).


Hidden Funds

8:00 – 9:00am PDT // John Bukowski

Everything has been in flux due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and these rapid changes have left many scratching their heads when faced with contradicting information. Funding is no exception. John Bukowski will provide an update on the status of funds, and point you in the direction of some funding opportunities you may not have heard about.

VR/AR – Possibilities and Pitfalls for Pandemics and Beyond

9:00 – 9:45am PDT // Nikki Lester

How do you teach hands-on subjects in an age of social distancing? Virtual reality and augmented reality offer a promising solution that may enhance your program long after COVID-19 runs its course. But there are pitfalls in this rapidly evolving technological landscape. Join Nikki Lester for a session detailing the opportunities and hazards to avoid.

A Relay Revolution

10:00 – 12:00pm PDT // Dick Krieger

Think you understand relays? Relay technology has dramatically changed in recent years. Instructors, students and technicians must understand what is new and different. This class discusses relay basics, but also covers new operational designs, testing procedures and service precautions that are required for proper diagnosis. PCB, bistable, GM Hi-Power and other new relay technologies will be covered. Don’t get left behind. Join us and learn what’s new with relays.

Virtual Trade Show

Click below to see what’s new from the partners who made Western Wheels possible.

Diesel Emissions

1:30 – 2:45pm PDT // Jeff Curtis

Join former NACAT President, Jeff Curtis, for a session covering EPA, Tier levels, and Euro standards, EGR (Exhaust Gas Recirculation), DOC (Diesel Oxidation Catalyst), DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction), DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter), DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) and more.

Jump-Start Your Funding with STEM

3:00 – 4:00pm PDT // Anthony Williams

Discover a surprising way to jump-start your program. Anthony Williams will show you how highlighting the math and technology you’re already teaching can position your program as an applied-STEM program to potential board members, and dramatically increase your access to grants and other funding sources.


Lethal Strike – High-Pressure Injection Injuries

8:00 – 9:00am PDT // Rory McLaren

Unless proper safety training and safety procedures are in place, hydraulic systems can lead to devastating injury and even death. In this session, renowned hydraulics expert Rory McLaren will discuss how to avoid high-pressure injection injuries, and how to ensure this often misunderstood and mistreated injury should be handled to avoid loss of life and limb.

Cavitation or Pseudo-Cavitation

9:00 – 9:45am PDT // Rory McLaren

Cavitation has the potential to cause the degradation failure of the entire hydraulic system. It is also the common cause of catastrophic pump failure. In this session, Rory McLaren covers how to accurately diagnose and remedy this expensive breakdown in a hydraulic system.

Hydrostatic Drives

10:00 – 12:00pm PDT // Rory McLaren

Session overview coming soon…

Teach Like a Video Game

1:00 – 2:00pm PDT // Darcy Wedel

When it comes to education, the screens your students love can either be a formidable foe or a powerful teacher. Join Darcy Wedel and discover why video games capture your students attention, and how you can do to the same as an instructor.