gas fuel injector

After 6 Weeks of hands-on training, you will understand the basics of turbocharged,  gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines and interpreting cylinder pressure signals.

Intro to Engine Performance 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 who are ready to expand their skills using a gasoline direct injection engine.

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Students will control the rate of fuel injection, throttle position, and turbocharger nozzle 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 Boost Pressure, Throttle Control
  • Engine Control Module (ECM)

Week 1: Students will learn fundamental differences between fuel injector types and the signals required to open and close the injectors.

Week 2: Students will take the knowledge from week one to learn how to wire fuel injectors to an ECU and in order to design current and voltage waveforms for driving fuel injectors.

Week 3: Students will learn how to use LabVIEW and NI SCM programming software to build an ECM and operate an engine throttle using LabVIEW software. Students will also demonstrate an understanding of a wire harness and its utility.

Week 4: Students will learn to time an engine using camshaft and crankshaft sensors to distinguish the timing gap on a crankshaft trigger wheel and correctly adjust the variable in the ECM.

Week 5: Students will learn to tune a PID controller on a system with significant nonlinearities to adjust boost pressure on a turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine. Students will also learn to read a cylinder pressure trace from a commercially available combustion analysis system.

Week 6: Students will be required to give a final presentation to the group; demonstrating individual mastery of training


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 $12,000. Payment plans are available! Call us at 812-343-4861 to see if you qualify.



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