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TST 2019 Big Training Event offers expo, education and prizes

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 08:00
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The 16th Annual TST Tech Training Big Event is fast approaching next month, and features training opportunities from industry experts, and expo and chances to win great tools.

Set for Saturday, March 30 at Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, NY, the Big Event will offer a keynote speaker, three training seminars, a hot breakfast, lunch and snacks through the day.

Be part of the largest electronic handout automotive seminar in the country. Your registration includes a free android tablet loaded with three full-color manuals and a newsletter. “Our goal is to keep our fellow technicians up to date with the latest technology,” said G. Jerry Truglia, TST founder. With Vin Waterhouse of the Waterhouse Group presenting the keynote, below are the training sessions:

TOPIC 1: Kris Lewis, ATG, will present “Direct Injection & Systems Diagnostics.” Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) is simple in design, but difficult to diagnose. This is why ATG has adapted a “high-level indicator” approach for ruling out possible causes before parts come off. This seminar was built by analyzing actual diagnostic struggles and documenting the shortest diagnostic paths for these systems. Because of this practical approach, you won’t be buried in useless engineering detail – only useful facts that you can measure and that will help guide your diagnostic path.

Lewis brings a unique combination of experience to teaching, including “almost everything.” In addition to decades in a shop focusing on drivability and electrical, he worked with an automotive radio program and mentored many technicians through in-shop training before transitioning into local training and a hotline service in the mid-2000s. In 2011, Lewis joined The Automotive Training Group as a part time trainer. Since then he has traveled the US and Canada delivering ATG training seminars, focusing on practical strategies that he feels are best learned through great interaction with the audience. Lewis is the of Director of Training since 2016 and is a ASE Master L1 A9.

TOPIC 2: John Anello, Auto Tech on Wheels, will present “Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS).” This seminar will familiarize you with information on current and future vehicles. System information and a high energy presentation with a detailed case study.

Anello owns "Auto Tech On Wheels" his passion for automotive vehicles has driven him to work on cars for close to 40 years. Anello’s business provides repair garages with on-site diagnostic support for problem vehicles in their shop without having to tow the vehicle to a dealership. In the last 24 years my business has grown to support 1200 plus repair shops, 400 body shops and 50 transmission shops. He is an ASE Master L1.

Topic 3: John Thorton, Autotrain, Inc., will present "In Cylinder Pressure Transducer Diagnostics." Today, in-cylinder pressure transducers are changing how technicians evaluate the mechanical condition of an engine. Thorton will discuss how to interpret cranking and running compression patterns captured by an in-cylinder pressure transducer. Both good and bad will analyzed. Exhaust path restrictions, intake path restrictions, cam timing issues, leaking valves, broken valve springs and much more.

Thornton operates a mobile diagnostic business in the Chicagoland area. Thorton assists his repair shop customers with both engine and transmission drivability concerns, module programming, BUS communication issues, and electrical diagnosis. Thorton has over 30 years of diagnostic experience and is an ASE certified Master Technician with L1 certification.

Attendees will also have the chance to win some great tools, thanks to event sponsors. Last year, the event gave away more than $50,000 in tools and featured more than 30 vendors.

Register before Feb. 24 and save. For TST members, the cost is $125; non-TST members pay $175. After Feb. 24, the cost goes up to $150 for TST members and $200 for non-TST members. Registration closes on March 18. Sign up online at or make checks payable to TST at:

11 Lupi Plaza
Mahopac NY 10541

See the full event flier by clicking here.

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