Kickoff this year’s Western Wheels Virtual Conference with Consulab as they reveal their highly anticipated new training product: the EV-601, which allows you to teach EV technology and diagnostic skills using an artfully modified cutaway of a complete Tesla Model 3!

Join us HERE live on May 17th, 8:00am PST

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Join specialists from Tesla, Rivian, Nikola, BMW, Autel, Snap-On, and Diagnostic Network as they discuss how auto tech educators can prepare their students for a rapidly changing industry. This panel discussion was hosted by DAKTIC at the Rocky Mountain Automotive Teachers Society (RMATS) 2023 Spring Conference.

1.25 Hour // Heavy Vehicle + Automotive

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Experienced educator, EV conversion specialist, and founder of Switch Vehicles Inc. shares the pros and cons of three ways of getting started with EV technology, including: teaching with an EV from a major manufacturer, EV conversion projects, and EV kit cars like the Switch Lab rebuildable EV kit.

1.25 Hours // L3 – HYBRID/EV

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'23 COVID Funding UPDATE

One thing that never ceases to amaze us is how little anyone knows about the Education Stabilization Fund created in response to COVID. There’s still a surprising percentage of this $274 BILLION fund left unspent, and if schools don’t use it very soon, they’ll lose it. Find out how to prepare your funding proposal so you can make a difference that’ll outlive the virus.

1 Hour // Funding

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Western Wheels Rewind


ADAS + evolving Undercariage needs

In this rerun from the 2021 conference, John Shewbridge (who was a Hunter Engineering Regional Trainer at the time), discusses new alignment issues facing both automotive and HD techs working with modern cars and trucks, as well as ADAS calibrations and troubleshooting issues and general diagnostic tips as well. John is an ASE Certified Master Collision and Automotive Technician, ASE Blue Seal Member, and Platinum Certified I-CAR Instructor of the Year.

2 Hours // A4 – Suspension and Steering, A5 – Electronics

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In this rerun from the 2020 conference, Rory McLaren of the Fluid Power Training Institute 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. If you missed this session last year, you don’t want to miss it again.

1 Hours // Mobile Hydraulics

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Hybrid/EV Battery Safety

In this rerun from the 2020 conference, Bob McGinn from CCAR covers how you can protect your students (and yourself) when teaching this essential technology. CCAR is the only automotive-focused organization affiliated with both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

1 Hour // L3 – Hybrid/EV

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A Relay Revolution

In this rerun from the 2020 conference, Dick Krieger from ConsuLab discusses everything from relay basics to 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. Relay technology has dramatically changed in recent years – if you missed this session last year, you don’t want to miss it again.


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Is it Cavitation or Pseudo-Cavitation?

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 rerun from our 2020 conference, Rory McLaren of the Fluid Power Training Institute covers how to accurately diagnose and remedy this expensive breakdown in a hydraulic system.

1 Hour // Mobile Hydraulics

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Scenario-Based Diagnostics

Tim Dwyer, a ConsuLab Education Specialist and retired import automotive specialty shop owner with 20 years of experience in education, discusses the value of providing case-study driven training scenarios to prepare students for the diagnostic work flow in this 2021 rerun.

1.5 Hours // A8 – Engine Performance

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Diesel Aftertreatment

Diesel aftertreatment systems have gone through a series of significant changes over the last several years, with more on the horizon. Join Jeff Curtis, a ConsuLab Education Specialist with a lifetime of experience in both industry and education, as well as 10 years of leadership in various capacities at NACAT, for a fresh look at how to ensure your students are ready to work with modern aftertreatment systems. (Rerun from 2021.)

1.5 Hours // T2 – Diesel Engines

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Teaching the DSO

Dick Krieger taught automotive service technologies in all disciplines at both the secondary, post-secondary and industrial levels for 35 years and an educational consultant for 14 years before joining the team at ConsuLab. Join him for two hours of insight in how to teach digital storage oscilloscopes so your students can confidently use these invaluable tools. (2021 Conference Rerun)

1.5 Hours // A6 – Electrical + Electronics

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Teaching Hybrid + EV with VR/AR Simulation

Teaching hybrid and electric vehicle technology on real vehicles add a new level of danger and expense to auto tech programs. zSpace CTE Specialist and former heavy vehicle technician Nikki Lester demonstrates how virtual and augmented reality systems provide a safe and cost-effective solution to this problem. (2021 Conference Rerun)

0.5 Hour // L3 – Hybrid/EV

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Ignition + Fuel Injection

Join Al Santini, a ConsuLab Education Specialist and author with more than 20 years of experience in education, for a fresh look at modern ignition and fuel injection systems. (2021 Conference Rerun)

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Accelerated Electrical System Diagnostics

Electrical systems continue to increase in complexity, yet flat-rate diagnostic times haven’t changed. In this session, DYVO Founder Cardell Webster discusses ways to handle this complexity and demonstrates how his next-generation multimeter technology allows you to improve the efficiency of your diagnostic process. (2021 Conference Rerun)

1 Hour // A6 – ELECTRICAL/ELECTRONICS, T6 – Electrical/Electronics

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In 2021 conference rerun, renowned instructor, inventor, and founder of the Fluid Power Training Institute Rory McLaren dives deeper into advanced techniques for troubleshooting and teaching hydrostatic transmissions.


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The Western Wheels Conference is hosted by DAKTIC, a family-owned and operated company bringing world-class training solutions to all 11 western states.