firstly welcome to the Pico forum and thanks for your post.
If you would like to contact me via email (email@example.com
), I will be happy to advise with the best option for your particular college.
PicoScope is incredibly popular both with training schools and with technicians (both independents and authorised repairers). The reasons for the popularity are twofold really - first is the fact that the tool itself is designed to make it quicker and easier to find, diagnose and verify the fix for a whole range of problems from battery drain, through poor starting, misfire to complex problems with communications buses like CAN. That is a combination of performance, features and built-in assistance from the help system, guided tests and a massive waveform library.
The second reason is that the inbuilt support, and resources online at the Pico website (https://www.picoauto.com/library
) help with the understanding of the system being viewed, what to expect, some technical information, a setup for the scope and comparison waveforms. This is particularly valuable for those new to the use of scopes or component and system level diagnosis on cars.
If you look for example at the guided test for Multi-COP ignition, you can see how that information helps with understanding (or remembering for those who haven't tackled that area for a while), how the system works and the key signal characteristics.https://www.picoauto.com/library/automotive-guided-tests/primary-voltage-vs-current-vs-secondary
Finally just to cover training, we have recently completed the development of our 5-step training program that is available through selected trainers and distributors. We will be adding details to the website this week, but step 1 is a simple introduction to the use of scopes and should be a great resource for you:https://www.picoauto.com/download/documents/manuals/picoscope-guide-to-oscilloscope-diagnostics.pdf
We can support you in adopting the Pico course within your college, so please do email me for more information.