Controller Area Network (CAN) for Vehicle Applications e-Seminar

I.D.# PD130557ON
Access Period: 90 days
Duration: 10.5 Hours

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 e-seminar covers the theory and use of the CAN protocol, and its applications in the automotive industry.

Instructor Mark Zachos presents details on how the CAN protocol and other standards (J2284, J2411, J1939, ISO 11898, etc.) complement each other. Validation engineers, test engineers, embedded programmers, and those who are currently or will be working with applications using CAN will benefit from the content on 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 is a demonstration using system development tools.

Based on the popular classroom seminar, this ten and a half hour course offers an introduction, six modules, and a Gryphon demonstration accompanied by a handbook with exercises. The SAE standards, J1939 Recommended Practice for a Serial Control and Communications Vehicle Network and J1939/71 Recommended Practice for Vehicle Application Layer, are included also as reference documents.

Is this e-Seminar for You?
This e-Seminar 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. You should have at least an undergraduate engineering degree.

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1.1 CEUs

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

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

Prefer this course in person? Consider attending the classroom seminar Controller Area Network (CAN) for Vehicle Applications, or ask SAE Corporate Learning Solutions to bring it to your location.


By participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply CAN protocol
  • Demonstrate how CAN is used in various automotive applications
  • Use CAN-related standards and specifications


Click on each topic for an expanded view.

  • Introduction
  • Network Overview
  • CAN Protocol
  • CAN Controllers
  • CAN Physical Layers
  • Overview of J2284, J2411, IDB, J1939, Diagnostics on CAN
  • SAE J1939
  • Gryphon Demonstration
  • Working Examples of J1939

Instructor(s): Mark P. Zachos

Mr. Mark Zachos is the president of Dearborn Group, Inc. and has more than twenty years of networking experience. He participates in many SAE and ISO multiplexing committees, including the following: J1850, J1939, J2284, J2411, and J2367. Mr. Zachos holds a B.S. and an M.S. in engineering from the University of Michigan, where he is currently an adjunct professor.

Materials Provided

  • 90 days of single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 10.5 hour course
  • Links to streaming video modules
  • Course Handbook (downloadable, .pdf's, subject to DRM)
  • The SAE standards, J1939 Recommended Practice for a Serial Control and Communications Vehicle Network and J1939/71 Recommended Practice for Vehicle Application Layer (.pdf, downloadable)
  • Online Pre-test (self-test, immediate results)
  • Online Post-test (submit to SAE)
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions
  • 1.1 CEUs*/Certificate of Achievement (with satisfactory post-test score)
*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

About e-Seminars

SAE "e-Seminars" are electronically delivered seminars featuring full-motion video illustrated with synchronized presentation slides. e-Seminars are based on some of SAE's most highly attended and rated classroom seminars.

Equipment Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8 (Apple OSX and Unix/Linux are not supported but may work)
  • Pentium 4 PC
  • Minimum 512 MB RAM; recommended 1 GB RAM
  • Internet Explorer 10-11, Mozilla Firefox 37+, Google Chrome 42+ (Safari and Opera are not supported)
  • Broadband-1Mbps minimum

Online Access
Members save up to 20% off list price.
Have colleagues who need this course? Purchase access for one individual at the appropriate member or list price, then purchase access for up to four additional employees at 10% off the list price. Contact SAE Customer Service to arrange online access for all individuals at the same time or mention the confirmation number for the first purchase. The offer is good for only the same e-Seminar. All participants will receive a personal account and opportunity for CEUs.


Quantity discounts for six or more students and corporate access options also are available - complete a Corporate Learning Solutions Request Form for a quote.

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