LHP’s Director of Technical Training, Pamela Tartt, recently sat down with LHP’s VP of Marketing, Marty Muse, to discuss LHP’s technical training portfolio, new technologies, and delivery methods that are available to our industry. Read ahead or watch the full video below to see what we learned.
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1. Can you talk to us about LHP’s Technical Training offerings?
Yes. At LHP, while we do advanced engineering training for our own employees, the purpose of the technical training group is to arm up our customers with knowledge on newer technologies that are emerging in the automotive industry.
We develop and deliver these types of trainings, whether they are certifications or just general knowledge.
2.Can you go ahead and peel back the layers and describe a little more about our Functional Safety training and how we deliver that and some of the results from that training?
So Functional Safety is a big piece of our technical training portfolio of classes.
We have several different courses that range from the certification level all the way down to the implementation of the staff engineer. LHP is the North American authorized training partner for TÜV Nord out of Germany, and what we offer in way of certification is the Functional Safety Certified Automotive Engineer, also known as FSCAE certification. That's a 5-day class we offer, through TÜV Nord . It's their training material, and we're the trainer. That leads a lot of our engineers into the certification room.
But then there's also a whole host of team members that don't necessarily need to be certified. So, we have several courses in our portfolio that give an overview or a very specific course dedicated to the specification of what the engineer does.
That could be a hardware engineer that needs to be trained on Part 5, which is product development at the hardware level, or a software engineer who needs to be trained and knowledgeable about Part 6, which is product development at the software level.
Not only do we train to certification, but we also drill down into those talents that your team members need to be focus on – the piece or the component that they’re going to deliver in production.
3. LHP offers the exam and the training for those needing certification, correct?
We do. A lot of our engineers get very hyped up about the exam, like they're back in school.
After 4 long days of intense training, we offer the certification exam through TÜV Nord, and that will give them the certification, or gives them the opportunity to earn that certification.
4. For those who need modular training, such as Part 5 or Part 6, can LHP customize and deliver exactly what they need?
Yes. We have a certification training, we have the Part 5, a 2-day training we offer that is based on the Medini tool by ANSYS. We have a 2-day overview training about ISO 26262. So, for those team members who don't need certification, they do need the awareness. That’s 16 hours’ worth of condensing the 10 parts of the standard down to something like a two-day class.
And then we also have an executive overview. So, if we have organizations that are still thinking about implementing ISO 26262, but aren't 100% sure if that's the route they want to take, we've got a 3-to-4-hour seminar specific to executives. It's a great presentation for the C level, or your directors, or manager level, to help them understand what the impact of ISO 26262 is to their organization.
5. From a high level, how does LHP deliver AUTOSAR training? And what are some of the results our customers are going to collect?
We looked at how we started out with the ISO 26262 training portfolio and mimicked that with the AUTOSAR methodology. We talked to a lot of our engineers inside of LHP as far as what they're doing, implementation-wise, what training they need, as well as our management. So, we did a lot of interviews, internally, at LHP before we decided what type of training we were going to offer our customers.
What we ended up deciding on what course our management needs to understand, what is the impact of AUTOSAR to an organization, and what the impacts of AUTOSAR are to a software organization.
So that is the first day. We actually have three days that we're offering.
One is the impact to the organization on the first day where executives, managers, directors, and staff engineers should all really take that class to understand why AUTOSAR? What does it do for you? How does it position you in the marketplace to win business?
That's a full first day of just the impact on the organization. From our technical engineers, what they really needed to understand was how to build applications inside of AUTOSAR and how they develop inside the BSW. So we dedicated an entire day to building applications.
Then, with the BSW, when we started looking at what type of tools our students will practice on, we looked at all the different tools that were out in the industry, and we decided to collaborate with ETAS, and ETAS, of course, is one of the leaders in tools and software for AUTOSAR. We have selected their ISOLAR toolset to add into our AUTOSAR training. So on the first day, we don't have any tools. It's more of a lecture, a discussion type of what the impact is. But then on the second day, we start digging into the ETAS tool, as far as building applications. And the third day is all about the BSW with ISOLAR B.
6. Can someone using a different toolset still gain value from our AUTOSAR training?
It's interesting that you bring that up, because the first training that we had for AUTOSAR, we had someone who wasn't using the ETAS tool. They were using a different tool. But they came to our training anyway.
And so it's good that you say that, because a lot of what you do in one tool, your knowledge can be transferred to a different tool. It's still the same strategy, the same process of how you make your software development comply with the AUTOSAR guideline.
7. Could you give an overview of the onboarding process?
With the AUTOSAR training, what worked out for us is that since we have ETAS as a collaborator, it helped us to train up our engineers on that specific tool. And so that segued into some of our customers. All of our newer engineers who onboard need this type of training. They need to master this tool. They need to understand the BSW in a little bit different of a level or a deeper level.
And so we said: Well, what if we took our training, and we added your flavor to it?
Because we already know what our customers’ processes are, and we already know what our customers’ strategies are, we have access to our customers’ IP.
So why not take that knowledge that LHP has of that particular customer and build an onboarding program inside this Functional Safety training, or inside of this AUTOSAR training?
Let's teach them, not only the tool, but let's teach them your way. Let's talk your language. And as soon as they get back to work,
they understand what they're supposed to do, they are ramped up and ready to go.
8.Do you have any closing comments for our readers?
Today it’s about learning how to work better in a team, and how to deal with all of the different technologies in the LHP Functional Safety ecosystem.
All these different technologies are starting to merge with each other So, it’s not only how do you develop an AUTOSAR application, but also be in compliance with functional safety’s guidelines. And that's where LHP is unique because we can start pulling in those other technologies and really providing a well-rounded understanding of what it's like to be an embedded controls engineer today.
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