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Introducing C.A.T.S. New website

October 23, 2011

CATS logoC.A.T.S. - Colorado Automotive Teachers Society - consists of members from schools in the Colorado region specializing in teaching students about the transportation industry.

Our programs include: Automotive, Service management, Collision and Diesel


First Heading or Title

October 16, 2011

Website design starts

demoCATS members asked to submit school graphic, info and link.

Fall 2017 Conference

C.A.T.S. Fall 2017 meeting

Friday October 6, 2017

The Fall 2017 conference will be hosted by:

Pikes Peak Community Co

Automotive and Technology Center
5675 S Academy Blvd
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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Training Classes

Chris Chesney – New Automotive Technology
Randy Haubner - On-line education in auto and diesel courses

Randy Briggs – ADAS Brake systems

Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) are one of the most prolific new technologies rolling out in today’s automotive market. Although the features are growing exponentially successful diagnosis and repair still requires solid foundational skills and a clear diagnostic process. In this class we will look at ADAS as a system and then explore how  best to approach diagnosis. Learn how accessibility to service information is paired with logical problem solving and essential tools to find the root cause of an ADAS issue quickly and accurately. Most importantly for this audience….how does this system operation and diagnosis change what I teach in my classroom?

Skip Saurmen - Automotive Service Consultants

Teaching MLR Electrical Training Differently or Maybe you CAN teach an old dog new tricks
This session will discuss and demonstrate different methods to cover the NATEF MLR Electrical/Electronic Systems Tasks leading up to the AST and MAST levels.How well you engage students in electrical/electronic concepts will benefit them throughout their professional automotive career.   

How to make Money as an Automotive Instructor
Just walk down your street. How many vehicles do you see in your neighbors driveways?  Americans LOVE cars!  About 17 million are expected to be sold this year and there are already more than 265 million registered vehicles in the U.S.The average vehicle is 11.7 years old, has 130,000 miles, and desperately needs maintenance or service.
(statistics from the Auto Care Association, 2014)

Jim Halderman – Technology to use in the classroom  

Looking for resources to help you teach? Also they need to be free. If this is what you are looking for, then this presentation is for you. Included in this fast-paced presentation are the following free resources without a login or password needed so students can have access, even on their smart phones.

•            Task sheets

•            Videos

•            Animations

•            Lesson plans

•            Power Points

•            TSBs for all vehicles

•            Wiring diagrams for all vehicles

•            Lug Nut tightening torque chart

•            Plus much more

Plus the following that can used to reinforce the key terms and check for competency.

•            Sample ASE test questions

•            Student study sheets

•            Crossword puzzles (using the key terms)

•            Word search puzzles (using the key terms)

Michael Grey  – Apps and You tube for automotive Classroom

Move over Millennials, Generation Z has arrived. Also referred to as Gen Z, iGen, or Centennials, these students use Apps and YouTube extensively. They use Apps and YouTube for product reviews, entertainment, how-to videos, and social networking. Let’s introduce them to effective and engaging Apps and YouTube Channels that also teach about Automotive Technology. This seminar will give an overview of many Apps and YouTube Channels that automotive instructors use to enhance instruction. Connect to the Wi-Fi network and download the Apps you like during the seminar. If you have a favorite App or YouTube Channel, share it with your colleagues during this collaborative session. Everyone that attends Mike’s seminar will receive a complimentary copy of his book and eBook - Auto Upkeep 4th Edition © 2018

Michael Grey – A guide to developing a first course in NATEF model

The NATEF Automobile Accreditation Model provides opportunities for automotive programs to address the growing need of entry-level service technicians with foundational knowledge. What base knowledge and understanding do your students have when they start your program? Do you need to rethink and revise your curriculum to meet your students’ needs? Looking at the task lists and the required hours, what could a first course look like? This seminar will give an overview of the NATEF model and will present a possible introductory course that correlates to entry-level NATEF tasks while also offering a structure that attracts non-traditional students. Everyone that attends Mike’s seminar will receive a complimentary copy of his book and eBook - Auto Upkeep 4th Edition © 2018.