WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — The National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) will focus on auto industry changes that affect service repair technicians at its fall general meeting, scheduled for Nov. 1 at the Sands Exposition Center in Las Vegas.
The meeting, part of the AAPEX Service Professionals Program, will feature three sessions along with reports on NASTF activity.
Robert Gruszczynski, a Volkswagen of America (VWoA) engineer and member of the SAE OBD II panel, will open the meeting with his presentation: "Changes are Coming to the SAE J1962 DLC." He will discuss the 16-pin data link and how progress in advanced vehicle technology is affecting how this data port is used.
Greg Settle, director, corporate and strategic alliances at TechForce Foundation, will speak about TechForce and the NASTF's "Road to Great Technicians" initiative, which is designed to coordinate solutions to the long-debated shortage of qualified technicians.
The meeting's featured presentation, "The most underused OEM Service Info Resources," will be panel discussion featuring representatives of six NASTF OEM members: American Honda Motor Co.; Isuzu Motors America L.L.C.; Navistar Inc.; Nissan North America Inc.; Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.; and VWoA, the group said.
They will share information on their websites and tool offerings to help independent technicians become aware of and utilize these available resources.
The meeting will take place in room Casanova 606 at the Sands Expo. It does not require registration, but registration and industry credentials are required to attend AAPEX. For more information, visit: nastf.org/general meetings.
The session will be recorded and webcast to allow those who cannot make it to AAPEX to watch and participate.
The NASTF was established in 2000 to identify, communicate and resolve gaps in the availability and accessibility of automotive service information, service training, diagnostic tools, and equipment for the benefit of automotive service professionals and their customers.