This is the first entry in a series devoted to tips for using the Troubleshooting Skills software. At Simutech we always want to make sure that people using our programs can get the most out of them, to receive the greatest possible benefit. You can see more information about the programs here.

We will start with tips for Tradespersons this week and then move on in the coming weeks to Students, Instructors, and Supervisors.

Why Should Tradespersons Use the Programs?

Electrical troubleshooting is a learned skill, and requires practice to stay sharp. Simulation-based programs are a great way to maintain and hone your troubleshooting skills without having to wait for equipment failures. You can practice troubleshooting a variety of faults on realistic simulations whenever it is suitable for you.

  • Learn new troubleshooting techniques and tips
  • Benefit from expert experience
  • Practice your skills
  • Become more valuable to your organization
  • High quality and effective training
  • Learn on your schedule

Tips for Working Through the Programs

1. Know your company’s requirements Because each organization has different procedures, it is good to be aware of these as a foundation for your troubleshooting process.

2. Decide how you are going to work through the programs The more experience you have, the more flexibility you will have. More experienced users can work through the programs in any order, while less experienced users should begin with Troubleshooting – Basic Techniques. This will ensure that they get a solid base for learning the Systematic Troubleshooting Approach.

3. Go through the whole program Review the instructional sections of each program, especially the Guided Troubleshooting section. This section shows you how to apply the Systematic Troubleshooting Approach.

4. Start with the Basic Level Faults This will give you a chance to get familiar with the circuit and tools before attempting the more challenging faults.

5. Be efficient. Don’t waste time and money Activities such as opening enclosures and locking out the circuit add time to you total. Unnecessarily replacing components also takes time, as well as increasing the amount of money spent. You need to complete the faults in the allowed time and within the allotted budget.

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