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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- June 30, 2014 -- I-CAR will offer multiple Professional Development Program (PDP) training courses during Industry Week in Detroit July 31 through August 2. PDP training opportunities at NACE will provide some of I-CAR’s newest courses, including the 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair Training Course (FOR06).

FOR06 opened to the entire industry on June 1. Collision repair training experts at I-CAR worked alongside Ford Motor Company engineers during the 2015 Ford F-150 design and development process, leveraging I-CAR’s expertise to create a training solution, FOR06, for collision repair professionals who will work on the next generation of Ford’s extremely popular truck. The FOR06 course, in conjunction with I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certifcation: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding course also meets the 2015 F150 training requirements for the Ford National Body Shop Program.

“I-CAR is thrilled to bring this lineup of training to NACE during Industry Week. This is an excellent opportunity for I-CAR to reach industry professionals with some of I-CAR’s newest and most exciting courses available,” explained Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.

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Detroit, Michigan -- June 20, 2104 -- NACE is just a few short weeks away, and many of the OEMs have shown commitment to NACE by providing a wide variety of training over the course of the event. NACE takes place July 30 to August 2 at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Mich. 

Registrations through Collision Repair magazine include a discount on your Conference or Expo pass, and be sure to join us for the special Canada Night event, held on the show floor. Please click here to register. 

Collision repair classes by OEM representatives include: 
- Ford's 2015 F-150 Aluminum Repair Information and Ford’s National Body Shop Program. The speakers, all from Ford Motor Co., include Gerry Bonanni, senior engineer for paint and body repair; Larry Coan, damageability product concern engineer; and Melissa Lester, marketing manager, collision
- ACDelco and Rick Burgard, western region supervisor present 2014 New Vehicle Technology, Part 1 & Part 2
- Audi-Authorized Aluminum Program, presented by Mark Allen, Audi’s Collision Programs and Workshop Equipment specialist
The following will also present classes on aluminum repair:
- ProSpot International Inc., will present: Plastic Welding & Bumper Repair by ProSpot, presented by Steve Clark, applications engineer, and Aluminum Welding & Repair by ProSpot by Bob Pluth, product support manager
- Car-O-Liner and Oliver Woelfel present Car-O-Liner Structural Repair – Difference Between Aluminum and Steel. Car-O-Liner also sponsors the Collision Repair Executive Symposium (CRES), formerly “MSO Symposium,” Friday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The 3M Company,  will  present a class on 3M Rivet Bonding and Weld Bonding Becoming Mainstream – Are You Ready? Speakers will be Jason J. Scharton, 3M’s business development manager, OEM/collision repair; and Caroline E. Morel, technical service engineer. 3M will also offer 3M Aluminum Repair: Separating the Facts from the Myths, speakers will be Shawn Collins and Branden Loesch, both 3M senior technical service engineers.
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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- June 9, 2014 -- I-CAR has launched its new interactive Advanced Steering and Suspension Systems Damage Analysis (DAM15) course. This course provides detailed information on the considerations for inspecting steering and suspension systems and provides knowledge that can lead to increased efficiency and a positive customer experience.

Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development stated, “Advanced steering and suspension systems are common in today’s vehicles and if not repaired properly, other vehicle systems can be compromised.” He continued, “Repairers can apply knowledge learned in this course throughout the repair process.”

The course features a series of interactive classroom activities and problem-solving scenarios designed to engage the student and enrich their learning experience in order to further prepare them to apply their knowledge on the job. Toward the end of the course, the student will engage in a “damage discovery” activity where he/she will simulate the estimating process.

This instructor-led, Live 3-credit hour course meets training requirements for Estimators, Auto Physical Damage Appraisers and Electrical/Mechanical Technicians in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program (PDP). DAM15 has replaced Electronically Controlled Steering and Suspension Systems (STE05). If STE05 has been completed, training credit earned will not be lost.

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- June 16, 2014 -- I-CAR will launch an all-new instructor-led course on July 7 for estimators and appraisers. I-CAR’s new Live Demo course, Documentation and Digital Photography (DOC01), will train industry professionals in an interactive shop setting where they will use their own cameras to simulate documentation and digital photography best practices.

“Documentation has become increasingly important in collision repair. Repairers rely on documentation to record damage, insurers to assess damage, and customers to understand the status of their vehicle’s repair. Understanding exactly what needs to be documented and how and when to document can make or break quality documentation records,” explained Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.

During the course, students will learn about important considerations for taking quality photos, including elements such as proper lighting, angle, flash usage and how to capture damage. Students will gain information on working with an array of different camera types available to them, from the smartphone in their pocket to the camera they use for work everyday. Photo requirements, creation of shot lists and supplement photos are other topics covered in the course.

“This course takes place in-shop and provides the student with the unique opportunity to practice and apply knowledge while using their own camera during a variety of classroom exercises. This is a major benefit to the student,” said McFarlin.

The content learned in this course can be applied in any collision repair setting and can increase cycle time and Customer Service Index (CSI) scores. This instructor-led, Live 3-credit hour course meets training requirements for Estimators and Auto Physical Damage Appraisers in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program (PDP).

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Jeremy Lessard of Quebec, Kevin Disterhoft of Manitoba  and Jacob Wall of British Columbia all placed as medalists in the secondary school auto body category. Disterhoft (centre) took home the gold ahead of fellow medalists Wall (silver) and Lessard (bronze).

Jeremy Lessard of Quebec, Kevin Disterhoft of Manitoba  and Jacob Wall of British Columbia all placed as medalists in the secondary school auto body category. Disterhoft (centre) took home the gold ahead of fellow medalists Wall (silver) and Lessard (bronze).

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Mississauga, Ontario -- June 9, 2014 -- When the sparks settled, the paint dried and the final tallies were made following Skills Canada's national skilled trade competitions, four students took home gold medals in their respective age brackets in the auto body repair and car painting categories.

The 2014 Skills Canada national skills competition was held inside Mississauga's International Centre, featuring over 500 youth training in the skilled trades. The event, which ran from June 5 to June 6, brought together the top youth from across the country from 42 different trades with the field composed of the provincial winners from Skills Canada's regional competitions. 

Alberta's Justin Dambitis won gold in the post-secondary auto body repair category, finishing ahead of silver medalist Steven Le-Magueresse of Ontario and bronze medalist Marc-Andre Benoit of New Brunswick.

In the secondary auto body category, Kevin Disterhoft of Manitoba won gold, beating out silver medal winner Jacob Wall of British Columbia and bronze medalist Jeremy Lessard of Quebec.

Nova Scotia's Ryan Smith painted a quality first place performance, winning gold in the post-secondary Car Painting category. Smith finished ahead of silver medalist Daniel Kidd of Ontario and Kassandra Plante Bilodeau, who took a bronze medal to her home province of Quebec.

At the secondary level, Quebec's Vicky Bouchard won car painting gold, finishing ahead of silver medal winner Catherine Elizabeth Mathewson of Ontario and bronze medalist Ryan Beattie. 

The competitive aspect aside, Skills Canada's purpose swells far beyond simple competition and works to show students a path towards a future in the skilled trades.

Leanne Jefferies, AIA Director of Collision Programs and the Director of the CCIF skills program, says the importance of the Skills programming is immeasurable and is a great way to reach the youth of today and introduce them to skilled trades like auto body repair and car painting.

"It's great to show interest in these young kids in the industry and it's a great learning experience for them," Jefferies says. "I think they can really feel the support of the industry here."

Complementing the practical learning experiences for the students taking part, Jefferies and other CCIF members were on-hand at the CCIF booth where pamphlets were available for competitors and the general public so they could read about the various career paths collision repair training provides. Additionally there was an interactive painting demonstration where anyone could try their hand at painting a digital representation of a car part.

"This is a really great opportunity for industry and education to come together," she says. "It's nice to get all of the stakeholders together for something that benefits the industry. It lets them meet the kids in person, and some have even been offered jobs right on the floor."

William Speed, an auto collision repair instructor at Danforth Collegiate Technical Institute and Chair of Skills Canada for the last several years, says he likes to see his kids succeed, especially noting one young female competitor in the car painting category who he says is so good she's already been receiving work offers.

"I can take very little credit for what they do though," he says. "Some of them just grab the opportunity and run with it."

From a technical perspective, he adds these competitions serve the additional purpose of putting each competing youth in a real-life high-stress situation where they must be efficient and technically sound in order to finish their trade-specific tasks within the allotted time.

"It puts them out of their normal realm, so they need to step up their skill level because in some cases they may not have ever done the tasks we're asking them to complete."

Echoing Jefferies, Speed feels the industry response has been immense however its stakeholders need to continue supporting Skills Canada to further the grow the profile and stage skilled youths are being given.

"We need even more employers to come out and see what these kids are doing because they're the industry's future," he says. "The average age is getting higher and we need to get some young blood into shops."

It's that reality that defines Jefferies' reasoning for being so supportive of Skills Canada's programming, which allows skilled youth to converge and continue their path into the skilled trades, and to see support growing from the industry is gratifying for her. Even more, the competitions habitually see former competitors returning to take part in the organization and judging of the events.

"They get to have this experience as competitors, and they get to share that experience with each other and the next generation," she says. "I think this competition altogether highlights industries like ours and shows where you can work in the industry if youth follow their passions."

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