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News   May 2, 2016   by Allan Janssen

Linder Technical Training draws techs from across country

The event, billed as “real world training” for diagnostic technicians, involved a hands-on programming workshop as well as a full day of classroom training.


Scott Shotton leads a hands-on workshop on domestic vehicle reprogramming at Cochrane Automotive in Toronto’s east end.

Scott Shotton leads a hands-on workshop on domestic vehicle reprogramming at Cochrane Automotive in Toronto’s west end.

More than 100 technicians from across the country took part in the three days of Linder Technical Training in Toronto on the weekend.

The event, billed as “real world training” for diagnostic technicians, involved a hands-on programming workshop as well as a full day of classroom training.

It is the 11th year for the popular program run by Toronto shop owners John and Leah Cochrane of Cochrane Automotive. Sponsored in part by NAPA’s Ontario division, Linder Technical Training drew students from as far afield as P.E.I, Nova Scotia, Northern Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

In-class training at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mississauga, Ont., was handled by John Thornton (covering “Variable Valve Lift”) and Scott Shotton (with a program called “Transmission Diagnostics For Non-Transmission Technicians”).

From left, David Parkinson, Jason Berends, and Adam Barkley program a vehicle at Linder Technical Training.

From left, David Parkinson, Jason Berends, and Adam Barkley program a vehicle at Linder Technical Training.

Shotton also led two full-day sessions on module reprogramming for Ford, GM, and Chrysler at Cochrane Automotive in the city’s west end.

The next Linder Technical Training will be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 at the same locations. The hands-on portion at that event will be led by American trainer Ron Bilyeu, focusing on Performance Tuning for Regular Production Vehicles.

According to John Cochrane, performance tuning opens new and exciting opportunities for repair shops, giving them the ability to offer customers more torque and horsepower, as well as improved driveability, shifting, and throttle response.

“This course is for the advanced technician and is designed to take their driveability and diagnostic skills to the next level,” he said.

Other courses are still to be announced.

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John Thornton covers Variable Valve Lift at the in-class portion of Linder Technical Training in Toronto over the weekend.

From left:, Todd Kubas,  Tony Pittari, and Tony Palermo talk programming at the hands-on workshop.

From left:, Todd Kubas, Tony Pittari, and Tony Palermo talk programming at the hands-on workshop.


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