Why Should Apprentices/Students Use the Programs?

Learning how to troubleshoot effectively requires learning a systematic approach, understanding the tools, and getting lots of hands-on practice. Our troubleshooting programs are great tools to learn to safely troubleshoot realistic faults on realistic circuits. You will learn a Systematic Troubleshooting Approach and then be able to practice on dozens of faults.

  • Understand how the circuit works.
  • Use a logical systematic approach to help you to analyze the circuit behavior.
  • Understand how to use tools such as prints, diagrams and test instruments to determine the defective components.
  • Practice! Troubleshooting, like any skill, requires practice to become proficient.

Tips for Using the Programs

1. Work through the entire program Work through each program in the order shown in the table of contents. It is important that you do not skip sections.

2. Introduction This provides an introduction to the program as well as some tips for working through it.

3. Troubleshooting Safety Provides important information to help you troubleshoot safely.

4. Systematic Troubleshooting and Basic Testing Techniques These sections describe the Systematic Troubleshooting Approach using animations and graphics and cover various testing techniques.

5. How the Circuit Works Describes how the circuit functions including all its features.

6. Troubleshooting the Circuit This is a very important section. It not only shows how use all the tools in the simulation but provides important information such as time penalties associated with performing certain activities. It also covers error messages and what causes them.

7. Develop Your Skill Walk through the Systematic Troubleshooting Approach using sample faults. This section provides valuable insights into the thinking process of troubleshooting these faults.

8. Test Your Skill Allows you to practice your troubleshooting skills on a number of faults on a circuit simulation. The following tips will help you get the most out of this section.

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