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Prodiags is a respected learning environment which has now expanded abroad

In Finland, Prodiags has become well-known to many in education and training in the automotive industry, but due to the developmental efforts of its developers and producers, the learning environment has gained a foothold and the appreciation of its users abroad. One of Prodiags’s enthusiastic users is to be found in Ireland.

Activities started in 1997

Founded in 1997, Ryans Automotive Ltd is a highly respected multi-player in the automotive aftermarket.
Ryans Automotive is backed by Seamus Ryan, who started his career as a Ford mechanic in 1989.
Eight years later, Seamus established his own car repair shop, which started operating in the yard of the family house. Two years later, in 1999, Brendan, the brother of Seamus Ryan, joined the company.
The company has its own vehicle workshop. Ryans Automotive also sells automotive diagnostic tools and supplies and also sells certain components such as engine control system parts to other workshops and garages throughout Ireland and also worldwide through sales through their website.
In addition, Ryans Automotive provides training and technical advice to other workshops nationwide in Ireland. Seamus also did the “Train the Trainer” course which helped him immensely in the delivery of training courses.

Significant change in 2000

A major change took place in 2000 when Ryans new workshop and office building was completed. The geographical location is Enniscorthy, a town in the north of County Wexford, about 130 km south of Dublin.
In 2001, a professional diagnostic center was launched. The sale and distribution of diagnostic equipment was launched in 2007, with sufficient experience in the area gained through their own use and learning.
According to Seamus Ryan, Ryans Automotive’s leading idea from the outset was the continuous development of operations and the challenges of time and vehicle technology. Their own expertise has been actively maintained and invested purposefully in sustainable business management. Nor has quality customer service been forgotten.
Nowadays, its own workshop accounts for 30-40% of the company’s net sales and the rest is resulting in the sale of equipment, tools, parts and services. Training activities are being expanded, with training courses being run throughout the year and this expansion in business has resulted in extra staff being hired.

Seamus Ryan, Ryans Automotive Ltd.

Prodiags Extension into Ireland

Seamus Ryan became very interested in Prodiags which he found online when looking for good resources to help him with the training he was providing. We had a lot of interaction and communication but we got off to a good start with Seamus Ryan’s interest in Prodiags’s electrical safety training course and its study materials.
Seamus wanted to familiarize himself with the Finnish SFS6002 concept, which by the way there is no such legislation in Ireland yet, by signing up for the relevant training organized by Prodiags. He arrived at the course in October 2017.
According to Seamus Ryan, in Ireland, similar basic training and legislation for high-voltage electric and hybrid vehicles for mechanics would be needed as required in Finland. He concluded that he had contributed, by his own interest in and attendance at the course, to providing similar basic safety training for vehicle mechanics in Ireland. He feels that it would be a necessity for all garages in Ireland to know the basics and know how to recognize potential hazards associated with high electrical voltages in a professional manner.
Seamus estimates that the final assessment of the Irish electrical safety examination should be similar to that of the Finnish SFS6002 standard. Absolutely there is no need to know everything, but a certain amount of training is vital and necessary.

In addition to its own multi-purpose repair shop, Ryans Automotive supplies diagnostic equipment and distributes engine control system spare parts to other workshop operators.

Prodiags agent

Ryans Automotive resells Prodiags modules in its own online store. They also use them along with their own traditional training and as a supplement.
Seamus says Prodiags is respected by people in the Automotive industry as educators have experienced it as a suitable combination of theory and practice. However, he feels that Prodiags, like other durable learning platforms, requires a commitment from the student to achieve the desired results
With Prodiags trainer training management features, Seamus Ryan sees it as a flexible online environment. There is a need for an operator who actively organizes training for other automotive professionals.
In addition, a number of training courses, such as the Electric training course Basics (Level 1), will be followed by a final examination.

Ryans Automotive Ltd. Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland

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Prodiags is an important tool in electrical safety training for mechanics

Käyttöauto Oy is a Finnish, significant car sales retail chain, which currently operates in ten locations. Founded in 1970, and operating with Datsun at that time, Käyttöauto Oy is today a multi-storey house with more than 500 employees. Resale sales representations are from A to V in alphabetical order.
The operating environment of the Käyttöauto is interesting and challenging as more and more of its branded vehicles are increasingly investing in electric and hybrid automotive technology. And there are no signs of decay in this trend, but obviously vice versa. Moving in a way or another with electric power has come to stay and further strengthen, as right now the technology lives at a stage where renewal and a faster pace of development are noticeable.

Käyttöauto has been selected as the best used car retailer in Finland for cars in 2018. Image: Käyttöauto Oy.

The technology of electric and hybrid vehicles familiar

As a matter of fact, for example, as a rechargeable electric vehicle, driving only remains on the user’s shoulders, as long as it’s time to remember to charge the vehicle’s batteries, but in a more specific way it is not that simple – at least for a responsible car dealership.
The high voltages used in vehicles, often rising to hundreds of volts, place heavy demands on vehicle maintenance and, more broadly, in the automotive sector.
If you are unfamiliar with the technology and/or know the potential dangers of high electrical voltages, it’s better to leave the system or equipment out of the question.
Prodiags’s online learning on electric and hybrid vehicles technology provides a centralized, cost-effective, and personally interactive, total package where repair personnel can develop and update their knowledge of the impact of electric and hybrid vehicles on maintenance and repair.
Interactive training, animated enrichment material has been developed especially from the mechanics point of view to meet the challenges of repair work.
The focus is on safe, risk-free and professional handling of electric and hybrid vehicles, analysis of possible faults and maintenance in a workshop.

Ari Siirilä, Training Manager at Käyttöauto Oy, sees ProDiags as a major contributor in electrical safety training for mechanics.

Prodiags as a major help

According to Ari Siirilä, Training Manager at Käyttöauto Oy, the Prodiags learning environment provides a flexible, student-motivating, tailor-made training program tailored to the needs of the company, as well as a variety of training and integration activities.
According to Ari’s view, training and the related end-of-work safety test create a well-functioning and strong foundation for all people working in mechanical tasks. Up-to-date and sufficiently comprehensive basic information makes it easier to internalize automotive and model-specific solutions, making working more natural, efficient, and understandably safer for both the mechanics and the immediate environment.
With these experiences Ari Siirilä sees Prodiags on-line as a very useful alternative to other automotive training packages.

 

 

 

 

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ProDiags as part of OSAO’s electrical and electronic training for vehicle mechanics

OSAO (Oulu Vocational School) is a multidisciplinary, major vocational trainer from Northern Ostrobothnia, with around 11,000 students. With its attractiveness, scope and results, OSAO is ranked at the top of vocational schools in Finland.
OSAO implements vocational training services for the Oulu Regional Educational Consortium (Osekk).
One of the cornerstones of OSAO’s training activities is the technology and transport sector, which, among other things, is trained as a vehicle-orientation student. The duration of the training of the vehicle mechanic is approximately 3 years, with a total of 180 knowledge points. The whole consists of vocational qualifications (145 knowledge points) and joint degrees (35 knowledge points).
The training of a vehicle mechanics is provided by extensive offerings at the OSAO’s Haukipudas unit, with a lower offer on the OSAO’s Muhos unit.

 

ProDiags is involved in educational training

The ProDiags learning environment provides robust and complementary cornerstones for educational purposes, whether it is young or slightly older students – without forgetting the teachers. For teachers, ProDiags offers significant benefits, such as personal study guidance, maintaining and developing their own professional skills and expertise, and always utilizing the latest version of content and toolbox quality tools. Additionally, time and location related learning is reduced. Students, on the other hand, can find that studying and learning takes place on each of their own terms, utilizing the most effective way of learning versus learning material and using materials developed in response to the existing professional requirements in the field. In this way, the “eternal” boundary between theory and practice becomes obscured, and the ability to apply is improved.

 

Mika Kesti OSAO Haukipudas
Mika Kesti, working at Haukipudas unit, has used online ProDiags to study in his teaching years.

 

ProDiags as part of OSAO’s training for vehicle mechanics

Mika Kesti, a vehicle engineer working at Haukipudas unit, has used online ProDiags to study in his teaching years. In his view, it is useful and why it is fine that ProDiags-like learning environment has existed and exists.
According to Mika Kesti, the industry is mobile, but the study is mostly used only for immobile still images. For this, ProDiags has brought a longing for change, because the animations have been particularly useful for being helpful, studying and inspiring. From the point of view of the efficiency and motivation of the learning process, animations, as well as other ProDiags content, have been regarded as valuable.
According to Kesti, ProDiags has been used by hundreds of automotive students. They have had access to the material under review on their own. ProDiags has effectively supported and supplemented traditional teaching methods, says Mika Kesti and continues that ProDiags has been a forerunner and pioneer in its field. The desire to take things forward and to develop as well as sensational enthusiasm, he said, has always been noted in ProDiags’ authors and in the background.
However, only the change is permanent, and things in the electronic universe – where practically we are all twisting in the small planetary space of the bit space in one way or another on our orbits – are changing, evolving and moving forward. And learning environments do not make this exception.
Mika Kesti’s expectations for the ProDiags 5 coming soon are quite high.