What Will You Make Diagnostic Network?
Diagnostic Network is an important part of the rapidly changing landscape we find ourselves in, much as the early work of Scott Brown and countless others with The Garage BBS, iATN, and countless smaller websites, forums, and message groups laid the ground work for where we are now.
I'd like to quote part of the mission statement of this network, as I believe that it is a stirring call to action for all of us. "Our aim is to create a wide, bi-directional communication path between top level diagnosticians and the leading providers of tools, equipment, knowledge, service information, OEMs, and education solutions in order to provide a deeper understanding of the needs and wants of the top level diagnosticians. We hope to inspire the rest of the industry in order to reduce the ever-increasing skills gap."
A lofty goal indeed but, in the short time I've been a part of this community I've come to believe that lofty as the goal is, it is also every bit attainable when we all work together. Browsing through here I see such a broad swath of information, theories, strategies, tooling, struggles, failures, and successes that illustrate just how advanced the industry as become. Each post illustrates the ever increasing complexity and intricacy of the systems that drive so much of our world, and yet so often go unnoticed by the overall population.
An average technician today deals with a level of complexity and variations unrivaled by almost any other industry that has existed up to this point. Each of us was attracted to this industry for reasons as varied as our own backgrounds, but I would venture to say that the challenges presented and the feeling you get when you persevere and succeed is one of the major ones, at least for myself.
Diagnostic Network is the next step in enabling ourselves and future generations of technicians to attack and overcome these challenges. That which we do here and now will continue to influence and educate others for years to come, something which many of us believe is a duty of the job. I personally stumbled across Diagnostic Network a little while back and have really enjoyed it since then. With some encouragement from Scott Brown, during one of the brief exchanges I've been lucky enough to have with him, I jumped in and started posting on some topics I was familiar with or interested in, attempting to help build up the network. Some have been good, some really not so good (but still a learning experience), and some don't get a lot of traffic but that doesn't bother me in the least.
Having read through the majority of the posts since the beginning of this network, I am continuously humbled and amazed at the level of talent here, though I'm not sure everyone realizes how much they have to offer.
Every person who is on this network, as well as those who come after us, has already made at least one step towards elevating themselves and their trade to a level never seen before. We all have access to different resources, we all have different experiences, and now with DN we have a modern day (fire-proof) Library of Alexandria to compile them into. Let's build a resource that not only help us in the here and now, not only helps the future of our industry, but also one that "creates a bi-directional communication path between top level diagnosticians and the leading providers of tools, equipment, knowledge, service information, OEMs, and education solutions in order to provide a deeper understanding of the needs and wants of the top level diagnosticians."
So I encourage each of us to take an active role in our futures and the future of this network, helping to mold it into exactly what we need and want, in order to inspire and drive forward the rest of the industry. Personally, I quite enjoy reading the theory write ups and then transitioning into a case study involving those concepts. Discussions on the future of automotive technology, though a lot is just conjecture at this point, is still fascinating. Engineering level discussions, debates on the actual design characteristics of systems, why some systems work better than others, etc.
I know threads die out and we stumble across them weeks or months later which often leaves one with questions that may not get answered. I will state personally that if anyone has any questions on a post I have started, I don't care if it is 5 years after I first posted, I will be more than happy to respond or start a new topic for further discussion.
I'd love to hear what members would like to see, read, and discuss. I know we are building a waveform library and that is always an important resource for all of us; what are some other important things that you would like to see or be involved with? Remember, "if you build it, they will come", so let's build something that makes the OEM's and everyone else stop and take note, something to bring to light the immense level of dedication and knowledge that each one of us brings to our profession day in and day out. I strongly encourage us all to work together and continue raising the bar and supporting each other as we have been doing.
Thanks to everyone on this network for taking time to read this and I hope I haven't overstepped my boundaries here.
Amazing write up Chris, I've read a few of your posts and have enjoyed them. It's great to be apart of this community. I'm taken back by all the great contributors and people sharing their knowledge with us. Thanks for taking the time and creating this post.
Angel, I appreciate the kind words. I just want to be a part of moving us all forward and I'll do whatever I can, I'm just a small cog in a big machine. I do hope to see some new faces popping in here as I'm sure Vision brought a few new members, maybe it's time for another welcome post and maybe some stories of what brought members to the trade. I look forward to seeing everyone's posts; I
Outstanding! Awesome! I really enjoyed the read.....this was on point!
"I'd love to hear what members would like to see, read, and discuss." Chris, is it correct to assume you expected responses to this request (rather than just "likes")?
Your spot on Keith. I'm just trying to help build something that we can all benefit from. Also I'm doing it for selfish reasons: the more we discuss, the more I can learn and hopefully help others to learn. I wouldn't be anywhere without the knowledge and efforts of diagnostician like you and all the great techs that have come before us. I figured it's finally time to take the leap and start
That is correct Dmitriy. I'm contributing what I know or find interesting, but the network isn't about me, it's about all of us. So yes, I'd love some real feedback. If there are topics people want to discuss I'll join in or research or whatever. I always enjoy your contributions as they really push me to think and learn. Thank you for that. Having a data analyst view point really brings