ECU Training Course

Intermediate Level: Engine Management Systems and Dyno Tuning in Theory and Practice. 

ECU training course

For those seeking the very best ECU training course available, we offer the Engine Management Systems and Dyno Tuning in Theory and Practice course so that interested parties can get to know modern engine management systems. We assume that the attendees have no prior knowledge and the course takes just two days with both classroom and also practical training in a live chassis dyno environment with our dedicated training car.

The aim of the Engine Management Systems and Dyno Tuning in Theory and Practice ECU training course is to bring the attendee fully up to speed on the subjects of base internal combustion engine operation and the fundamentals of engine management systems, by the end of this training we hope to impart a solid understanding of how engine management systems work and why, and equip you with the correct method for accurately tuning the Ignition and Fuel tables and the corresponding trim tables in a modern engine management system.

About the Engine Management Systems and Dyno Tuning in Theory & Practice (A1.1)

This ECU training course is ideal for those seeking to refresh and/or improve their knowledge of the fundamentals and tuning of engine management systems.

We take you all the way from an explanation of the theory of an internal combustion engine, through to becoming comfortable with live tuning an engine on a chassis dynamometer.

Day 1 – The classroom

An introduction to the ECU training course and a run through of the subjects to be covered

A look at the theory of the internal combustion engine, focusing on the requirements of the combustion cycle

An explanation of the common technical terminology and jargon involved in the subject of engine management

A look at the how and why of a basic engine management system and a talk about the underpinning theories of the technology

Explanation of the three main types of engine management system, a discussion covering the key differences between the methods and highlighting the pros and cons of each system

A talk about the equipment which is essential for achieving good results when tuning engine management systems, and a talk about the pros and cons of the different types of tools

A step by step theoretical walk-through of a basic mapping process using a dyno explaining the “why” behind each step in the tuning process as well as the order in which these steps should be carried out in order to achieve the most accurate results

A summary of the days training followed by a question and answer session focused specifically on basic ECU calibration

Day 2 – The dyno room

Introduction to a typical ECU software system and an explanation of the basic engine control functions within it

Introduction to the Rototest chassis dyno system and explanation of its role in ECU tuning

A practical demonstration of steady state fuel mapping with student participation

A practical demonstration of steady state ignition advance mapping with student participation

A practical demonstration of knock detection and spark plug reading, letting students hear detonation first hand and an explanation of spark plug tip visual analysis

An explanation of the trim tables used in ECU firmware to account for key variables such as engine coolant temp, barometric pressure, etc.

A practical demonstration of sweep testing

Practical demonstration of analysing data- logged results to finish fine tuning ECU calibrations and trimming the engine for optimum performance.

A final summary of the training followed by a question and answer session

Learning Outcomes

Understanding internal combustion engine principles

Understanding how the different types of engine management systems work

Understanding, controlling and optimising the fuel and ignition requirements of an engine

How to use the tools necessary in order to tune an engine well

Additional Learning:

Advanced Engine Management Systems Calibration

Accelerated learning Programme

Courses Under Development

engine management systems and dyno tuning in theory and practice

The Engine Management Systems and Dyno Tuning in Theory and Practice course is endorsed by:

Torque Developments International Quality and Accreditiations

Life Racing ECU Training

Syvecs Approves the Academy of Motorsport Sciences

Feedback received from course delegates:


I’ve taken too many courses for engine management systems from all around the world and cannot understand everything like I did with this course. It’s done just right thanks to Sam
Khalaf Alsaeed, automotive engineer from Kuwait
Great course presented in a learnable way. Really looking forward to putting into practice what has been learnt. Also looking forward to the next course
Matt Bentley, Track Group Ltd
Very useful and informative insight into the mechanics of Engine management
Julian Brunger, Maidstone Sports Cars Ltd
First off, thank you very much for the training course, I thoroughly enjoyed going back to school! I thought the course was well presented and the content appropriately balanced
Mark Wilson, Engineer
Very good level of detail from a foundation level. Lots of opportunities to ask questions. Great to get a chance to put into practice tuning principles on the dyno
Nick Meachen – Engineer
Excellent course, found it useful relating to the course work I will be carrying out at college
Jimmy Tai – Lecturer at the College of North west London
Good all round course with good communication from the tutor
Nick Sanderson – Ricci Concept Ltd
Very good course, learnt a lot of information, updated knowledge with current knowledge
Alex Georgiou – Lecturer at College of North West London
I can't thank everyone at TDI enough for the experience as a whole, especially Sam and Mark for taking the time out of their work day to help and educate us
Scotty182 (Civinfo forum member) – Enthusiast

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Interested in signing up for the intermediate Engine Management Systems, Dyno Tuning Theory and Practice course?

£995 plus vat as part of an 8 person group,
£2550 plus vat for personal tuition. Finance is available to UK citizens (subject to status).Sign up now