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Vehicle Electrical Principles is a two day introductory vehicle electrics training course.

It is aimed at mechanics, technicians and apprentices with little or no electrical knowledge and those who just want a refresher on the basics.

Vehicle Electrics Training Course Module 1

The course begins by explaining electrical theory, circuit operating principles and the functional requirements of vehicle electrical systems.

During the course, you will learn how to test for voltage drop and potential difference using a digital multi meter.

You will learn how to take accurate, reliable test measurements on both the live and earth sides of series, parallel and compound circuit types, and know what to look for.

Vehicle Electrics Module 1 explains how to apply electrical theory and principles in a way that will enable you to gain a greater understanding of how vehicle
electrical systems work.

The course explains Ohms Law and Watts law, highlighting CAN bus and lighting systems as practical examples of where these two laws of physics are relevant to modern vehicle electrics and electrical systems technologies.

The Vehicle Electrics Module 1 course shows you how to make best use of the key functions of a digital multi meter to take accurate, reliable test readings for volts, amps and ohms measurements.

Vehicle Electric 2Vehicle electrics study tasks

The course comprises a range of classroom based guided practical study tasks.

Tasks are carried out using course workbooks in conjunction with electrical test kits, digital multi meters and a range of useful test leads and accessories.

These tasks are further supported by hands-on vehicle demonstrations, all designed to enable you to gain a detailed working knowledge of modern vehicle electrics.

Wiring diagrams & technical information – Autodata

An important part of the vehicle electrics module 1 course explains how to read wiring diagrams.

Here the course focuses on use of Autodata wiring diagrams and technical information.

You will identify electrical symbols, wiring colour codes and DIN number references.

You will learn how to follow a wiring diagram when carrying out circuit testing routines.

ISO/DIN relays & electronic relays

Vehicle electrics module 1 explains ISO and DIN standard relays and electronic relays. During this part of the course, you will learn about relay types and relay controlled circuits.

You will put into practice what you have learnt to build and test relay circuits using actual relays in conjunction with test kits, test leads and accessories and digital multi meters.

Batteries, starting and charging systems

The course moves on to explain battery technologies and starting and charging systems. Vehicle Electrics module 1 explains modern pulse/maintenance battery chargers, digital battery analysers and explains lead/acid, AGM and EFB battery types.

You will learn about stop start systems and alternator management systems including the battery monitoring sensor and LIN bus controlled alternators – now a standard feature on most modern vehicles. Here, the vehicle electrics module 1 course explains important considerations when testing and charging modern vehicle batteries and charging systems.

Course notes and support materials

At the start of the course, you will receive a fully illustrated set of course reference notes to use during the course and which are yours to take away at the end.

By the end of the course, you will have gained the knowledge required to carry out accurate test measurements of vehicle electrical circuits.

Assessment is on going throughout the course and at the end of the course, you will receive a Certificate of Professional Development from AK Automotive in recognition of your attendance on the Vehicle Electrics Module 1 training course.

Course content

  • Electrical theory explained
  • Voltage, Amperage and Ohms
  • Electrical units and multipliers
  • Testing voltage drop & potential difference
  • Circuit operating requirements
  • Series & parallel circuits
  • Ohms law and Watts law
  • Digital multi meters
  • Circuit testing techniques
  • ISO/DIN relays
  • Electronic relays
  • Wiring diagrams – Autodata
  • Battery technologies
  • Starting & charging systems
  • Alternator management
  • Stop start systems
  • Course assessment

Course fees & booking

£390.00 + VAT (total £468.00)

Lunch and refreshments included.

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To book a place on the next available Vehicle Electrics Module 1 training course, please contact Tony Kitchen at AK Automotive directly.

Further development

After successfully completing Vehicle Electrics Module 1 training course, you may like to progress to the following courses:

Pre requisites

Those wishing to attend the Vehicle Electrics Module 1 training course should have a motor industry or other relevant technical background (emergency services and ex-military – R.E.M.E. welcome).