Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- October 29, 2013 -- I-CAR will offer numerous training opportunities at the 2013 SEMA Show, including 11 courses from its Professional Development Program (PDP). The show will mark the premiere of Vehicle Technology and Trends 2014 (NEW14), more than a month before its official launch on December 16. The training schedule will run from Tuesday, November 5, through Friday, November 8, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Vehicle Technology and Trends 2014 (NEW 14) covers:
- New trends and technologies in North American, Asian and European vehicles
- Features and technologies that distinguish new vehicle models from predecessors
- Repair procedures for aluminum structures, ultra-high-strength steel and carbon fibre
- New vehicle designs, safety features, collision-warning systems and alternative fuel systems
- The trends that will become tomorrow’s standard features
The new course is an outgrowth of I-CAR’s ongoing work through its Repairability Technical Support initiative to improve industry access to technical repair knowledge, address gaps in repair procedures, and enhance industry technical communications with OEMs.
“The automotive industry’s rapid advancements in vehicle technology require up-to-date collision repair training, since repair procedures can now sometimes change significantly even from one model year to the next,” said Josh McFarlin, Director of Curriculum & Product Development for I-CAR. “I-CAR’s role-relevant training at SEMA will highlight the technologies and procedures collision repair professionals need to know to perform complete and safe repairs on the newest vehicles and technologies.”
In addition to Vehicle Technology and Trends 2014, I-CAR will also offer a variety of its newest and most popular courses:
Structural Straightening Steel (SSS01)
Mechanical Systems Analysis (DAM03)
Damage Analysis of Advanced Automotive Systems (DAM07)
Plastic and Composite Repair (PLA03)
Waterborne Products, Systems, and Application (REF07)
Aluminum-Intensive Vehicle Repairs (ALI01)
Stationary Glass (GLA02)
Hazardous Materials, Personal Safety, and Refinish Safety (WKR01)
Replacement of Steel Unitized Structures (SPS10)
A full schedule of I-CAR training dates and times for SEMA is available on i-car.com. Attendees can register for the training sessions on the SEMA Show website.
Upon its official December 16 launch, collision repair professionals will be able to register for the Vehicle Technology and Trends 2014 (NEW14) course at www.i-car.com. It meets I-CAR ProLevel or annual training requirements for all PDP roles.
Hamilton, Ontario -- October 29, 2013 -- CIIA has announced that there are still some seats available for the last basic estimating course of the fall season. The basic estimating collision repair training course is for shop or office employees, new estimators and insurance company staff who may need assistance in estimating collision damage on cars and light trucks in Ontario. The training is eligible for four I-CAR points.
This six-night course includes, introduction to estimating, understanding vehicle construction, fundamentals of estimate writing, understanding collision manuals, additional charges and collision damage analysis.
The course is comprised of two classes per week over a three-week period. Total instruction time is 18 hours. It takes place in Toronto at Centennial College, located at 75 Ashtonbee Rd. Class runs 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm Monday & Wednesday evenings, starting Monday November 4, 2013.
Cary, North Carolina--October, 28, 2013--LORD Corporation, maker of Fusor Automotive Repair Adhesives, has partnered with 10-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Hendrick Motorsports to develop a new training video.
Hendrick Motorsports, a long-time partner and user of Fusor Automotive Repair Adhesives, was a key player in making the new training videos. The videos intend to showcase applications and the ease of use of Fusor products. The video features interviews with several Hendrick Motorsports technicians that use LORD Fusor products both in the body shop and on the racetrack. Technicians quote the Fusor products as “fast drying,” “efficient” and “user-friendly.”
According to George Nelson, Body & Paint Specialist at Hendrick Motorsports, Fusor products are used to make minor repairs on the track.
“On tracks such as Daytona, the condition on the nose of the vehicle is important. We can use Fusor products to fill in holes quickly and efficiently during pit stops,” he says.
Body shops can now experience the same cycle time reductions experienced by the Hendrick Motorsports team. LORD Fusor products include a full line of easy-to-use adhesives that significantly reduce touch time. As commercial vehicles continue to advance using high-strength steels and composites for lightweighting, the collision repair industry will be able to benefit from the procedures, like rivet bonding, that the Hendrick Motorsports teams have already demonstrated out on the track.
Hendrick Motorsports first began using LORD Corporation’s Fusor line of metal and composite bonding solutions for auto repair in 2002. A proven solution for bonding or repairing composites, plastics and metal, the use of LORD Fusor adhesives also has expanded to assembly of the race car and other unique situations because tight tolerances, quality and high performance are critical in racing.
LORD partnered with Hendrick Motorsports to highlight the many ways Fusor Repair Systems have benefited their race teams not only in assembly of the cars but also out on the track on race day.
"Fusor products’ proven high-performance, quick cycle time and reliability have led Hendrick Motorsports to rely on Fusor adhesives as its go-to adhesive line. Body shops also need high performing, reliable products that reduce their cycle times allowing them to process vehicles without come-backs," says Julie Miller, Global Marketing Manager, LORD Corporation.
"The open collaboration with the technical experts at LORD and Hendrick Motorsports has proved mutually beneficial," says Patrick Perkins, vice president of marketing for Hendrick Motorsports. "As the adhesive company continues to learn about types of new products to develop, the race team finds ways to win more races using high-tech adhesives.”
For more information on the company, please visit Lord.com.
Leesburg, Virginia -- October 22, 2013 -- The Women's Industry Network (WIN) is committed to financially supporting individuals who demonstrate their desire to excel in the field of collision repair. Applications for the 2014 scholarship program will be accepted from October 20, 2013 through January 15, 2014.
Las Vegas, Nevada -- October 16, 2013 -- I-CAR is offering NACE attendees three technical presentations as an outgrowth of its new “Repairability Technical Support” initiative to improve industry access to technical repair knowledge, address gaps in repair procedures and enhance industry technical communication with OEMs.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- October 14, 2013 -- The development of a learning culture in a collision repair business offers tangible performance benefits, according to new research from I-CAR. Jeff Peevy, I-CAR Senior Director of Field Operations and Segment Development, will discuss the findings and their implications for shop learning practices at noon on Friday, October 18 at the NACE Main Stage in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Results shared at Peevy’s presentation, “Training, Knowledge and Operational KPIs,” emerged from I-CAR’s latest study centered on repair facilities that are actively engaged in role-relevant I-CAR Professional Development Program training.
This study, which has been ongoing for more than two years, and which confirmed the results of an earlier I-CAR study, shows marked improvements in cycle time, touch time, CSI and supplement frequency as a result of training.
But the new study’s most striking finding emerged in the relative performance of the shops that truly embraced a culture of learning versus those that viewed training as a requirement to achieve Gold Class status. The former saw a 25 percent greater reduction in cycle time and a 47 percent greater improvement in touch time over the latter.
“What the study shows is that the right environment and leadership approach turns training into organizational knowledge, that in turn drives significantly greater performance improvements,” said Peevy.
In his presentation, Peevy will identify the specific actions that shop owners and managers can take to develop this learning culture in their own businesses to get the highest possible return on their investment in training. He will also discuss how these actions can prepare shops for ongoing success in the face of the more than 240 vehicle redesigns and introductions slated for the automotive industry over the next three years.
“While training alone can drive performance enhancements, it is those shops that develop a true learning culture that will sustain those improvements and successfully adapt to the technical tsunami approaching our industry,” Peevy said.
Peevy’s presentation will be open to all attendees of the NACE event.
Toronto, Ontario--Oct. 10, 2013--Media Matters, Inc., is pleased to announce that Centennial College has joined the ranks of training providers listing their courses on TrainingMatters.ca, the collision repair industry's training portal.
Centennial College offers a 36 week, three semester post-secondary auto body program for students interested in becoming familiar with the collision repair industry and the type of work they'll be doing if they choose the trade as a career path.
Program coordinator Paulo Santos says that this program works two-fold for the 80 students accepted with each intake, as it will provide students with the practical and theoretical learning they need to perform basic repairs and additionally prepare them for the apprenticeship program.
"We prepare them by teaching them how to repair using OEM specifications and also how to be responsible techs once they enter the trade and start their careers," says Santos.
Once students graduate from the post secondary auto body program, they will also be eligible to take an exam that if they pass, they will be allowed to advance to their level 2 apprenticeship.
"It's the only program of its type in Ontario," Santos says.
Centennial's Auto Body Repair apprenticeship program is for more advanced repairers who already have some experience working in the industry, and is offered as an 8-week course that is funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) and administered on-campus at the college.
"The only difference between the post secondary and apprenticeship programs is that as you go through the levels it's a little more in depth if you go through as an apprentice and it's a little more practical and physical than in the post secondary program," he says.
Both programs offer the chance to network with potential employers while gaining the practical foundation necessary to succeed as a collision repair professional.
"I've been told by students that ours is a one-of-a-kind program and they can't find anything like it in their area," Santos says, recalling a conversation with a student from Thunder Bay, Ont.. "It's a program that fills out quite well."
To learn more about Centennial College's auto body programs, please visit centennialcollege.ca/transportation/automotive. For more information on Training Matters, the collision repair industry's premiere training portal, please visit trainingmatters.ca.