TROUBLESHOOTING TRAINING CURRICULUM FOR SCIENCE, ELECTRONICS, MANUFACTURING OR BUSINESS
Students learn a strategy for solving problems in technical as well as other fields
and gain comfort with technology using a real machine for hands-on practice.
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What Is "Systematic Troubleshooting"?
"Systematic Troubleshooting" teaches a strategy for solving problems. Although the course is in a technical context, it can be used in any situation. It provides a plan of action and tools for executing the plan. It uses a hands-on machine as a teaching device. This works well with machine-oriented people. Others who have little experience working with machines will build their confidence and competence as they have success in the course activities.
How is the Course Designed?
The course is directed at using the resources of the brain rather than a rigid series of steps to solve problems. This requires that the problem-solver has the right kind of information about the machine or process stored in memory or that he or she has access to this information. The course teaches how to identify the type of information needed for troubleshooting and provides tools and practice in obtaining it.
Using an information table, the student first defines the problem. This focuses the brain on the problem to be solved. The person should also be able to state what he or she would consider a solution to the problem. Next, they use a matrix on which possible causes and facts are entered on the x and y axis. The matrix is formed by the junction of x and y. At that point, a judgement is made, based on the person's knowledge, of the effect that each fact has on each possible cause. The cause may be more possible, less possible, impossible or the fact may have no effect or is irrelevant. The columns below each possible cause are totalled. Those with the highest scores are the most possible. If the results are not conclusive, investigation is conducted using the table. Results are added to the facts and new totals are taken.
Diagram shows Mimic input/output data at microcontroller pins.
At What Colleges Has the Course Been Used?
The Systematic Troubleshooting course has been or is being used at the following schools: Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire WI; Malaysia France Institute, Seangor Malaysia; Lorain County Junior Voc School , Oberlin OH; Macon Technical Institute, Macon GA; Republic Polytechnic, Singapore; Kentuck Community Technical College System, Somerset KY; Texas State Technical College, Waco TX; Triton College, River Grove, IL; Spartanburg community College, Spartanburg SC
MECHATRONICS FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGES
The Learning Shop is now offering a mechatronics series including: "MICROCONTROLLER-BASED SYSTEMS,
This course provides these three vital courses to colleges and industry at a special package price.
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