Controller Area Network (CAN) for Vehicle Applications C0120

Topics: Advanced Technologies

The Controller Area Network has become the standard of choice for most automotive manufacturers.  Approved for use as an ISO and EPA diagnostic network, its usage continues to grow.  This course covers the theory and use of the CAN protocol, and its applications in the automotive industry. 

Details on how the CAN protocol and other standards (J2411, J2284, J1939, ISO 11898, etc.) complement each other will be presented. Participants will learn about CAN application layers; the latest J1939, J2284, J2411, and IDB standards, regulations, and implementation requirements; and details of device hardware and software interfaces. Also presented will be demonstrations using system development tools. The SAE standard, J1939 Recommended Practice for a Serial Control and Communications Vehicle Network, is included in the course materials.

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain CAN protocol.
  • Demonstrate how CAN is used in various automotive applications.
  • Employ CAN-related standards and specifications.

Who Should Attend

This course is geared toward validation engineers, test engineers, embedded programmers, and those who are currently working (or will be in the future) with applications using CAN.  Participants should have an undergraduate engineering degree.


"This course is very informative and clears up a lot of confusion about how CAN Bus is implemented."
Manfred Sever
Product Manager
Applanix Corporation

"CAN is explained in a clear and concise manner. Starting with little or no previous knowledge in CAN, one will leave two days later with a wealth of knowledge on CAN."
Brett Ausburger
VP/Director of Engineering

"This seminar helped me understand very clearly the soft and hardware requirements of CAN."
John H. Boone
Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.


You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Mark Zachos

Mark ZachosMark Zachos is the Founder of The Dearborn Group Inc. and President of DG Technologies. Since 1988, Mr. Zachos has been obtaining engineering experience in automotive electronics, cyber security, vehicle diagnostics and communications. He has authored many technical papers on On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) and in-vehicle networking; he holds more than 10 patents on vehicle communications technology. Mark is the Head of USA Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to the International Standards Organization (ISO) Road Vehicle Electronics Standards Sub-committee; he is a member of TMC, SAE and IEEE; he has been directly involved with development of over 25 light and heavy-duty vehicle technical standards. Mark is the chairman of several technical standards teams including: the American Trucking Assoc. TMC Fleet Maintenance Cyber Security Task Force, SAE J1939 Network Security Task Force, SAE J3005 (OBD “dongle” security), SAE Data Link Connector Security Committee (i.e. SAE J3138 “hardening the OBD port”) and co-chair of ISO/TC22/SC31/WG2/PT-Security.

He also is a member of the Oakland County (MI) Connected Vehicle Task Force focusing on secure connected vehicle deployment; teaches embedded programming, CANbus and vehicle cyber security at The University of Michigan-Dearborn; instructs hackers at the US Army TARDEC CyberTruck Challenge; and established CyberTech - the TMC service technician troubleshooting skills challenge for identifying and repairing vehicle cyber hacks. Mark Zachos is the Founder of The Dearborn Group Inc. and President of DG Technologies.

Duration: 2 Days
CEUs: 1.3

Format: Virtual

Event ID: S-00986

Location: Live Online

Session Info:

  • Session 1 - October 21 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - October 22 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET)
    2 Sessions

  • Fees: $1,364.00

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