Using Time Wisely When You Have Time on Your Hands

Michael Mobile Technician Clinton, Utah Posted   Latest  

This past week has been much slower than we have had in about three years. We still have work and I am grateful for that. In between jobs I have been working on preparing laptops with critical programming software. Our current ones have a few glitches. It was time to have some clean installed backups. This time I am working on Brand specific laptops with multiple partitions. (operating systems) I have familiarized myself with Acronis and Macrium software. I have utilized BCDedit. These software tools have made the job much easier.

I have broken open some ECUs, immobilizers and other modules in order to learn more about what makes them tick. I tried a MCU reading tool that I had purchased and not used before. I got more familiar with other tools, In other words, I am using this time for preparation and training. There is no boredom here. Just lots of education and strategy building.

While others in the household have been watching movies and videos, I have spent my time preparing for new horizons. When the work picks up again, we will be ready. I would encourage all technicians to spend down time learning about our craft. There are many free and pay sites that can give you a better understanding of the work we do. I have always felt online learning was lame. Now, with congregating being discouraged, it is a good thing it is out there. In most cases we will not be paid or reimbursed for our learning. Knowledge is precious. We are privileged to live in the age of information. We used to have to buy books or go to the library to learn. Now it is all at our fingertips. What a great world we live in. Even with all the turmoil and troubles in the world, we have so much to be grateful for.

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Carl Technician
Baytown, Texas
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I have been doing that for the last two weeks, I have found I have a burn out limit upon where I must break from training...

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Jason Diagnostician
Wellington, New Zealand
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Hi! you mentioned free and pay sites, which have ones are you using? thank you!

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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Hi Jason, I don't use any particular ones. If I need to learn something or understand something new I just Google it. Youtube is also a good resource. Try to keep with either OEM or Aftermarket supplier produced material. (Denso, Gates, Standard, Dorman, AC Delco, Motorcraft, Bosch and so forth. You can also look at AVI for content. As an experiment, Google "Bosch Ignition System". There is a…

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Jason Diagnostician
Wellington, New Zealand
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Thank you for the tips!

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Carl Technician
Dublin, Ireland
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I've been doing something similar Michael, started doing a online electronics and pcb design course. Practicing my soldering and trying to source as much OE info on various vehicles I work on. It's amazing what you find if you really dig on the net, some interesting forums out there!. Gutted my Xprog hasn't arrived yet. I have Ecus at the ready to start experimenting with. One in particular, I'm…

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Troy Owner/Technician
Longbranch, Washington
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one of the reasons I have moved on to doing this myself is I could not find anyone in my area that thought training was needed you just tackle them as they come, would not even do the free on line training on new equipment or as I do every night read these posts and prep for the next day, I dont have enough hours in the day to get all I need done and it just drived me nuts to have people look at…

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David Owner/Technician
Kitchener, Ontario
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Good point. I have done a lot of training as well. I have yet to check out and practice with the mcu chip tool but that would be a good idea. To keep from burning out from too much training you need to mix it up with different tasks, different reading and some hands on practicing with your equipment. Last week my work ground to a halt. I held a couple of pending jobs for the following…

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