Collision Industry Careers

Service King Officially Opens Sixth Collision Repair Center in Atlanta

From CollisionWeek News

Service King Collision Repair Centers announced the official opening of its sixth location in the Atlanta market. The 25,000-square foot collision repair center is located at 2915 Lawrenceville Highway in Tucker, Ga. In January, the company hosted a tour of the facility.

Service King Collision Repair Centers“This is another important step in building upon our promise to provide the Atlanta market with superior collision repair service,” said Scott Ward, Service King Regional Vice President for the Southeast U.S. “Service King’s growth and reputation in the market led to the need for a sixth location and we couldn’t be more confident and excited about joining the Tucker community.”

Service King first entered the Atlanta market in 2014 when it acquired Sterling Auto Body. With the latest addition, Service King now operates 293 locations in 23 states.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Awards over $250,000 in Grants

Congratulations Athens Technical College (Athens, GA)

From CollisionWeek News

The Collision Repair Education Foundation’s 2015 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant winners were announced at the organization’s annual industry reception held during the SEMA show in Las Vegas where over $250,000 in grants were awarded.

Over 140 high school and college collision school programs from across the country applied for this grant and each of the 2015 winning schools will have their $50,000 wish list fulfilled through the Collision Repair Education Foundation and industry donors/supporters. The Makeover program has given out over $3 million in donations to applicant schools since 2009.

Grants Awarded included:

2015 Secondary Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Grant made possible by Allstate Insurance
East Valley Institute of Technology (Mesa, AZ)

2015 Post-Secondary Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Grant made possible by State Farm Insurance
Saint Cloud Technical and Community College (Saint Cloud, MN)

In addition to the secondary and post-secondary awards, there were two $50,000 grants that were awarded to specific regions of the country.
2015 Dallas Makeover Grant
Texas State Technical College (Waco, TX)

The Dallas Makeover Grant was sponsored by Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, Caliber Collision, GEICO, Herb’s Collision and Nationwide Insurance.

2015 Atlanta I-CAR Committee Makeover Grant in Conjunction with Industry Partners
Athens Technical College (Athens, GA)

The award in Atlanta was sponsored by ABRA Auto Body & Glass; Allstate; American Family Insurance; Axalta; Caliber Collision; CCC Information Services; Classic Collision; Enterprise; Farmers Insurance; Finishmaster; Georgia Farm Bureau; Hendrick Automotive; IAAI; I-CAR; Liberty Mutual Insurance; LKQ/Keystone; Nalley Group; Rimkus; Progressive Insurance; Safeco; Service King; Sherwin Williams; and Sports and Imports.

The Collision Repair Education Foundation also awarded several runner-up Makeover grants and each of these schools will have $5,000-$12,500 of their collision program wish lists fulfilled:

2015 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Secondary Runner-Up School Recipients
$10,000 Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (San Jose, CA)
$10,000 Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School (South Easton, MA)

2015 Ultimate Collision Education Makeover Post-Secondary Runner-Up School Recipients
$12,500 College of Lake County (Grayslake, IL)
$7,500 Pulaski Tech (North Little Rock, AR)

The goal of the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant is to honor a school that has been doing an outstanding job in educating students in collision repair, but needs some financial assistance to improve their program’s teaching materials and equipment. With strained school budgets, the Education Foundation and industry supporters have the opportunity to bridge the program’s financial gap and to make a difference in the lives of the students studying collision repair.

CCC Classrooom Enhancement Grant
The Collision Repair Education Foundation is proud to announce United Technical Center as the recipient of the CCC Information Services Inc. (CCC) Classroom Enhancement Grant.

United Technical Center in Clarksburg, WV, will receive a $12,000 grant that will assist the school with collision-related classroom materials such as electronics, classroom furniture, and other items to ensure students have a professional learning environment. United Technical Center was eligible for this award by applying for the 2015 Collision Repair Education Foundation’s Ultimate Collision Education Makeover grant. CCC has been a supporter of the Collision Repair Education Foundation since 1993.

“Today’s students will become important members of the collision repair community,” said Mary Jo Prigge, President, Service Operations for CCC. “Equipping them with the technology, tools and environment needed to learn and hone their skills will help them be successful and confident as they enter the workforce. CCC is proud to support the Collision Repair Education Foundation and invest in programs like the one at United Technical Center.”

GEICO Grants
The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced the winners of GEICO’s collision school grants for 2015:

Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, Calif.)
Eastfield College (Mesquite, Texas)
Monroe Tech Center (Leesburg, Va.)
Tidewater Community College (Chesapeake, Va.)
Each of the winning schools applied for a grant from the Ultimate Collision Education Makeover program, and each will receive $5,500 to purchase items off their collision tool, equipment and supply wish list from their application.

SCRS Releases Pulsed Synergic MIG Welding for Aluminum and Collision Repair Video

Prosser, Washington, August 21, 2015 – On Thursday, July 23rd, the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) held an open board meeting in Detroit, Michigan featuring a technical presentation by SCRS Education Committee member Toby Chess focused on important aspects collision repairers should know about Pulsed Synergic MIG Welding for Aluminum. In addition to a detailed look at the science behind the unique welding process, and why more auto manufacturers are relying on it, Chess reported on a comparison of current welders available to the market and how they performed in a 1mm butt weld with a backer field test that was conducted in June 2015. A video recap of the presentation is available here:

Based on the field research, a spreadsheet outlining features from each company can be found here:

On Wednesday, November 4th, during the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Toby Chess will be leading a Repairer Driven Education (RDE) session entitled, “Welding Technologies – A Comprehensive Tutorial on Modern Equipment.” One of the most frequent questions posed by collision repair businesses looking to adapt to the changing landscape of automotive repairs is, “what do I need, and where do I start?” The equipment necessary to repair the modern fleet continues to evolve as quickly as the vehicle architecture does, and understanding tool and equipment options that provide the most capability can save repair businesses from unnecessary investments in wrong or outdated repair technology. Anyone looking to expand their understanding of the options available to the industry can register directly for this session by clicking here, or pasting this URL into their browser:

For more information about SCRS, or to join as a member, please visit, call toll free 1-877-841-0660 or email us at


About SCRS: Through its direct members and 45 affiliate associations, SCRS is comprised of 6,000 collision repair businesses and 58,500 specialized professionals who work with consumers and insurance companies to repair collision-damaged vehicles. Additional information about SCRS including other news releases is available at the SCRS website: You can e-mail SCRS at the following address:

Service King Unveils Apprentice Development Program

The Service King Apprentice Development program launches June 30 with expansive rollout planned


Britton Drown

RICHARDSON, Texas – June 29, 2015 – Service King Collision Repair Centers, an industry leading multi-state operator of high-quality collision repair services, today unveiled its most innovative recruiting and development effort in the company’s 39-year history with the launch of the Service King Apprentice Development Program.

The revolutionary program offers a highly immersive, fully compensated 52-week training course developed to prepare incoming technicians for careers at Service King. The Apprentice Development Program will officially debut Tuesday, June 30, in Houston with plans to expand to several markets across the country. The rollout plan features launches in Texas, California, Illinois, Georgia and more in 2015.

“This has long been a vision of ours at Service King,” said Chris Abraham, Service King CEO. “We couldn’t be more proud to officially deploy the Apprentice Development Program. Through the leadership and knowledge of our supervisors and location managers, this program will be an invaluable resource for technicians entering the field or looking to rejuvenate their careers. It’s humbling for us as an organization to provide a clear pathway to rewarding careers in the collision repair industry.”

Service King officially welcomed Houston’s inaugural class of apprentice technicians at a kickoff event Monday, June 22.

As part of the program, technicians receive daily on-the-job oversight and training, indulge in a detailed curriculum and progress through a series of competency assessments and succession benchmarks. Technicians are consistently awarded throughout the program and tutored by an assigned Apprentice Supervisor.

“The creation and launch of the Service King Apprentice Development Program was truly a collaborative effort,” said Tyra Bremer, Service King Vice President of Talent Development. “There continues to be a decline in the population of automotive technicians in the U.S., so we made the decision to take that shortage into our own hands. We look forward to welcoming our new Apprentice Technicians and continuing to fuel our Service King learning culture. Grateful appreciation is expressed to the Service King teammates that contributed their valuable time, informative content and insightful ideas as subject matter experts as we designed our learn, earn and succeed program.”

Service King, which recently launched an aggressive veterans hiring initiative, Mission 2 Hire, operates 241 collision repair centers in 21 states across the U.S. For more information and to view a full list of Service King locations, visit

About Service King Collision Repair Centers

Service King is one of the largest multi-location operators of collision repair facilities, dedicated to offering customers an overall superior service experience. Founded in 1976 in Dallas, Texas; Service King is a leader in the collision repair industry, currently serving customers at 241 locations across 21 states. For more information about Service King, visit Follow Service King’s news on Facebook, Twitter and the company’s official blog, The Service Advisor.


Economists Say Millennials Should Consider Careers In Trades

Millions of good-paying jobs are opening up in the trades, including auto collision repair. And some pay better than what the average college graduate makes.

With so many boomers retiring from the trades, the U.S. is going to need a lot more pipe-fitters, nuclear power plant operators, carpenters, welders, utility workers, auto collision repairers — the list is long. But the problem is not enough young people are getting that kind of training.

We need to be preparing a lot more young people for good, well-paying jobs in the trades.

Read the full article here.


Chief University Introduces Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology Course

From Autobody News

Chief University, the training arm of Chief Automotive Technologies and Elektron, introduced Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology. This one-day class covers aluminum forming methods and metal characteristics, as well as damage analysis, repair decisions and techniques for working with vehicle components made of aluminum. This course is designed specifically for insurance professionals and technicians who want to broaden their understanding of vehicles made with aluminum, and techniques for repairing these vehicles. A two-day aluminum welding course is in development.

“At Chief University, we are continuously updating our course offerings to help collision repair technicians and insurance professionals keep up with the vehicle structural changes that are taking place at an increasingly rapid rate,” says Ken Boylan, global training manager. “With the launch of the aluminum-intensive Ford F-150 pickup truck and announcements from other OEMs that they will be using more aluminum in their new vehicles, it is important that industry professionals understand how to properly analyze and repair vehicles that include aluminum components.”

Read the full story here.

Allstate Contributes $100,000 to Collision Repair Education Foundation

From CollisionWeek

Allstate Insurance Company contributed $100,000 to the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Industry donations such as Allstate’s assist the Education Foundation in its ability to support high school and technical college school programs, instructors, and students nationwide. By increasing educational opportunities for these students, companies like Allstate help prepare students who will enter the industry as productive, efficient entry-level employees.

The $100,000 contribution from Allstate Insurance will support the Foundation’s Collision Repair Education Campaign fund which allows the Foundation to provide its annual student scholarships, school grants, and the annual Ultimate Collision Education Makeover school grant, which is $50,000

“Education is a vital step in preparing the next generation of great technicians needed to repair vehicles that are becoming more complex by the day,” says Allstate’s Claims Vice President Pam Overton. “Contributing to the Collision Repair Education Foundation is an investment in the future and something we take great pride in at Allstate.”

Collision Repair Education Foundation Executive Director Clark Plucinski said, “Allstate’s continued support has allowed the Collision Repair Education Foundation to help collision school programs graduate students who are productive, efficient, and capable staff members day one on the job within the collision industry. As repair facilities are seeking the next generation of technicians who will be safely repairing consumers’ collision damaged vehicles, Allstate’s support assists in our ability to help high school and post-secondary collision instructors provide a quality technical education to their students.”

Tim Ronak of AkzoNobel to Cover ROI and Spot Within Panel at SEMA Show

By Jason Stahl
BodyShop Business

Tim Ronak, senior services consultant with AkzoNobel Car Refinishes, will be leading two Repairer Driven Education (RDE) sessions at the 2014 SEMA Show: “Surviving the Push for Refinish Reductions – Spot within Panel Survival Kit” and “Getting Paid For Investing in Facility, Equipment and Training.”

Ronak is passionate when he talks about getting paid for your investment as it seems the investment in collision repair keeps going up as a result of the new, sophisticated vehicles coming out.

“There is a lack of financial understanding out there,” Ronak says. “People say, ‘Well, OK, so this aluminum repair stuff will cost me $75,000 to retrofit my shop.’ And the insurance industry’s response is, if you don’t want to do aluminum work, then don’t invest in it. The premise is that you’re not going to get paid any more for that than you do for the current level of work you do. Well, that predisposes that you’re currently being fairly compensated for the work you’re doing.”

Body shops, Ronak says, need to create some type of profitability level that allows them to create a solid, sustainable working environment for an individual laborer. Ronak’s goal with his discussion is to give shops a formula to figure this out.

“The purpose of my dialogue will be for me to lay out some kind of plan or formula where people can type in their numbers and figure out – looking at the investment in training, equipment and labor – what they need to raise their labor rate to,” he says.

Ronak says the industry has been watching the slow erosion of its overall profit margins. Parts, labor and materials is all being squeezed, and labor rate increases are being outpaced by inflation.

“At the same time, the cost of insuring motor vehicles has gone up dramatically, so there is money in the fund to be able to fund our industry, which of course is largely funded through insurance-based activities.

“If you go backward and say we need to generate 75 percent labor gross profit in order to provide a sustainable and solid environment for any new labor resource, in that cost of labor we need to factor in training and facilities and what does that individual labor unit need in that facilities component for equipment, tooling and safety. One thing we’re not good at is determining how much our fixed expenses go up when we have to invest in new technology.”

As far as Ronak’s “Surviving the Push for Refinish Reductions – Spot within Panel Survival Kit” session goes, he will base his talk on a CD tool he built 10 years ago that showed collision repairers how to push back when insurers ask for modified panel refinish or arbitrary finish reduction because they contend only a portion of the panel is damaged.

Ronak says he believes the SEMA Show is the best place for him to be at to educate collision repairers on the rapidly changing industry.

“I donate my time to go to SEMA because I feel it’s really important to offer whatever knowledge I can to the largest group I can. I believe there are very few venues in our industry that allow for as broad an exposure to both industry education and support and the potential for an existing business to diversify its revenue stream. As the collision market starts to evolve, it will be critical for everyone to truly look at the personalization aspect of transportation as a viable revenue alternative. One of the best if not ‘the best’ is SEMA because it brings all the specialty equipment information as well as collision repair tooling and products and now the RDE series of collision- focused training under one roof. With change occurring in the collision industry along with the auto manufacturing industry, it’s almost impossible for a single individual to keep up with all of them – and the broadest opportunity to see all those changes in one place is SEMA.”

Ronak also believes the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has done a superb job putting together the RDE sessions, choosing the speakers and selecting the most relevant topics of today.

“I think the SCRS creating RDE was a stroke of brilliance,” he says. “It was something much needed in that it’s collision industry-focused, and it’s fantastic that the industry supports it the way they do. SCRS does a very good job of selecting the topics that are of interest to the industry but also in organizing the resources and the expertise from the industry to present on those topics.”

AVI to Provide Technicians with $1 Million in Free Training

From BodyShop Business

AVI (Automotive Video Innovations) is giving back to the automotive community that has given so much opportunity to the Florida-based video company.

To carry out that mission, AVI reports that it is pledging to give away $1 million worth of training to students, technicians, shop owners or teachers with the desire to expand their automotive knowledge. The course is a collaboration of electrical and electronic systems education that covers everything from electrical theory to understanding circuits, meter usage, diagnostics and more.

“NO credit card required, NO surveys and NO hassle, just a big thank you from us to you,” said Paul Louwers, president of AVI.

Louwers said the courses are broken down into easy-to-navigate chapters and come with an online study guide, comprehensive knowledge assessment and a certificate of completion; everything you can expect from AVI training.

“Train online anywhere you have an Internet connection,” he continued.

Those who sign up will also receive free ongoing training tips, newly-issued training video notifications covering topics like ASE Test Prep, Hybrids, Diesel, HVAC, Management and more!

Simple Enrollment

1. Get started now: sign-up is free and the class is free. Click HERE to fill out the form and sign yourself up for an exclusive AVI on Demand access pass.
2. Enter your FREE course: either log-in with your new credentials or existing users simply sign-in.
3. Comprehensive and interactive content: go to the “My Courses” menu at the top and find your free class. Start viewing it right away!

Participants receive a satisfactory score on the knowledge assessment and earn a certificate after completing each course.

Online Attendee Registration Opens for NACE and CARS

Both online attendee registration and housing reservations are now open for NACE and CARS 2014, part of Industry Week starting July 27 in Detroit. These include many board and association meetings Monday, July 28; the CIC summer meeting on Tuesday, July 29; the I-CAR Conference and Gala 35th Anniversary Networking Event on Wednesday, July 30; and features the NACE | CARS 2014 Conference + Expo, Wednesday – Saturday, July 30 – August 2 The Expo will be held Thursday and Friday at the COBO Convention Center.


Expo Passes to access the show floor only can be purchased for $35/each; individual, 90-minute conference sessions are available for $75/session or individual 3 or 4 hour conference sessions are available for $150/session; a Day Pass is $250, and Saturday Mechanical Sessions are $150; a full-access Super Pass is $315 for members and $365 for non-members. All prices noted reflect Early Bird pricing, which is in effect through June 14th. Add-On Education from I-CAR, as well as the CRES/MSO Collision Repair Executive Symposium and TTF Technology & Telematics Forum events are available at an additional charge.

New this year, all registration options include the NACE and CARS Show Floor Receptions on Thursday and Friday evening, the Opening General Session Thursday morning and The Assembly – Industry Forum on Wednesday afternoon. Additional details on these events will be released in the near future.

“As the automotive collision and mechanical industry’s premier networking and training event, we are so pleased to include the Show Floor Receptions, Opening General Session and The Assembly – Industry Forum in every registration this year, as it reflects our desire to create an event that fosters networking and community interaction among our attendees,” stated Dan Risley, Automotive Service Association President.