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After six weeks of hands-on training, you will understand the basics of turbocharged gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines, interpreting cylinder pressure signals, and fundamentals of hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) propulsion systems.

Intro to Advanced Propulsion System Technologies is a six-week, hands-on intensive training, designed to give students a look into managing real-world situations and working environments. This class is geared toward software engineers, electrical engineers, and mechanical engineers ready to expand their skills controlling and analyzing a gasoline direct injection engine and components from hybrid electric vehicle propulsion systems.

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Students will control the rate of fuel injection, throttle position, and variable cam timing position to attempt to reduce the excess fuel energy consumed and carbon dioxide emissions produced in running a GDI engine. At the end of the course, students will be able to program the ECM to run a GDI engine using LabVIEW and National Instruments Software Calibration Management Toolkit (SCM) software.

Course highlights include:

  • Fuel Injector Control Waveform Development
  • Operating a throttle using LabVIEW
  • Tuning PID Controllers for variable cam timing and throttle control
  • Engine Control Module (ECM)

Week 1 Overview of engines, engine systems, and engine components.
Project: Create waveforms for direct solenoid, direct piezoelectric, and port fuel injectors.

Week 2 Overview of model-based development, LabVIEW basics, LabVIEW RT, LabVIEW FPGA.
Project: Write a PID controller in LabVIEW and control an automotive throttle.

Week 3 Thermodynamics of engines. Otto cycle, Diesel cycle, indicated work, brake work, pumping work, MEP.
Project: Use combustion analysis to understand how variable cam timing and turbocharge impact
efficiency of engine.

Week 4 Overview of hybrid electric vehicles. Physical modeling of a hybrid propulsion system component and control strategies for controlling said component. Hardware-in-the- Loop testing of the hybrid propulsion system component from earlier in the week.
Project: Develop a software model of the system. Take the software model and use it to run on a HIL.

Week 5 Develop a controller to control the system on the HIL. Control the physical hybrid propulsion system component from the prior weeks. Verify that the controller developed works on both the HIL and the actual device.

Week 6 Presentation development. Potential for advanced topics such as integrating simulations of other components into testing.


In addition to being immersed in the perfect learning environment, you will also be surrounded by mentors to help you master the soft skills needed to excel as a controls engineer. LHPU is about more than just learning new skills as an engineer, it’s about taking your career to the next level.


LHPU has relationships with companies around the United States that hire LHPU graduates. To date, more than 350 people have graduated from LHPU and every one of them has found a job. Past hiring companies include LHP Engineering Solutions, BorgWarner, Bosch, Chrysler, Cummins Inc., Delphi, Ford Motor Company, GE, GM, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Hill-Rom, John Deere, and National Instruments.


This course takes place at LHPU’s campus San Antonio Texas. This is the first class offered in the Texas Region


Full tuition and fees for this six week, hands-on course is $15,000. Payment plans are available! Call us at 812-343-4861 to see if you qualify.



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