collision repair training

Farmers Insurance® Supports Mission of Collision Repair Education Foundation™

Donation of Salvage Vehicles Provides Valuable Training and Funding to Prepare Future Generation of Collision Repair Specialists

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. and HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Sept. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Beginning this fall, Farmers Insurance® will start the process of donating 30 salvage vehicles to the Collision Repair Education Foundation™ for use at vocational technical training centers across the country. The vehicles will serve as a learning resource for the future generation of collision repair specialists.

Farmers® will deliver the first of the salvage vehicles to respective Collision Repair Education Foundation approved training centers in time for the fall semester. Once the donated vehicles are repaired and sold, the proceeds will be donated by Farmers to the foundation, who will use the funds to purchase essential training supplies for the training centers.

“Our work with the Collision Repair Education Foundation gives Farmers the opportunity to help support repair collision education and the careers of future repair specialists,” said Gerry Poirier, national auto physical damage strategy manager for Farmers Insurance. “The donated vehicles will serve as a valuable resource for students to learn skills required for careers in the auto collision industry.

The training centers are selected by submitting an application to the Collision Repair Education Foundation, which supports collision repair educational programs, schools and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities in the collision industry.

The first training center to receive a vehicle will be the Lake Career and Technical Center in Camdenton, Missouri.

“We look forward to delivering each and every salvage vehicle to training centers across the country,” said Melissa Marscin, director of grant programs at the Collision Repair Education Foundation. “We are thankful to be collaborating with Farmers Insurance to continue our mission of delivering vehicles to the centers throughout the 2016 school year.”

About Farmers Insurance
“Farmers Insurance®” and “Farmers®” are tradenames for a group of affiliated insurers providing insurance for automobiles, homes and small businesses and a wide range of other insurance and financial services and products. Farmers Insurance is proud to serve more than 10 million households with over 19 million individual policies, across all 50 states, through the efforts of more than 48,000 exclusive and independent agents and approximately 21,000 employees. Farmers Insurance Exchange, the largest of the three primary insurance insurers that make up Farmers Insurance, is recognized as one of the largest U.S. companies on the 2016 Fortune 500 list.

For more information about Farmers Insurance, visit Farmers.com, Twitter and Instagram, @WeAreFarmers, or Facebook.com/FarmersInsurance.

About the Collision Repair Education Foundation
The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing donations that support philanthropic and collision repair education activities that promote and enhance career opportunities in the industry. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation, visit us online: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.

SCRS Launches Industry Career Center

Prosser, Washington, September 1, 2016 – The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) is thrilled to announce the debut of the SCRS Career Center (www.scrs.com/jobs); a new online resource designed to help you recruit qualified entrants in  to the collision repair industry, and to introduce them to rewarding careers within your business.

“The shortage of emerging technical staff entering collision repair businesses is one of the greatest challenges facing our industry,” shared SCRS Chairman Andy Dingman. “It’s important to SCRS to encourage new entrants in this industry and to help make them aware of the expansive career opportunities that exist for them in our field. Most importantly, it’s a priority for us to connect them with our members’ businesses. We want to do everything possible to make sure that hard-working young technicians find their way to a rewarding career in the industry.”

To bring the greatest advantage to job creators and provide the largest reach to individuals interested in a career in the automotive sector, the SCRS Career Center was created as part of an extensive network that includes the Auto Care Association and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). It is an industry solution, created through industry collaboration. SCRS has issued notifications to the instructor and educational arms of the collision repair community in preparation for the launch, encouraging instructors to work with students and graduates on resume development, and to learn the search capabilities of the platform.

“Helping raise awareness of the solution was a big part of our launch focus,” added SCRS Education Committee Chairman, Kye Yeung. “Whether it’s someone putting their passion into learning the skills at a local vocational school, a high-level competitor competing at the SkillsUSA National Championship, or someone with tenured experience at a shop looking to move or grow into a new position, we want them to know there are plenty of options for them and that there is an industry-specific job board that can help them land the job of their dreams.”

“For an industry largely comprised of independently owned businesses, many can relate to the sentiment that ‘bigger isn’t always better’,” added Dingman. “Unlike more generalized commercial job boards, our site was developed by SCRS in partnership with other leading automotive trade associations, and was developed solely with industry employers in mind.”

Not only is the SCRS Career Center the best way to find qualified candidates for your business, but it’s a great way to reinvest in our community and help build the awareness of opportunity within the collision repair profession.

Visit the www.scrs.com/jobs and connect with candidates that have the education and professional experience to make an impact from day one. The new SCRS Career Center will help streamline your hiring process with:

  • Unmatched exposure for job listings – SCRS, Auto Care Association and SEMA collectively represent the largest audience of qualified automotive industry professionals.
  • Easy online job management – You can enter job descriptions, check the status of postings, renew or discontinue postings, and even make payments online.
  • Resume searching access – With a paid job listing, you can search the resume database and use an automatic notification system to receive email notifications when new resumes match your criteria.
  • Company awareness – Along with each job posting, you can include information about your individual company and a link to your web site.

The SCRS Career Center can be found at www.scrs.com/jobs. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to be seen by an exclusive audience of the industry’s best and brightest!

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

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About SCRS: 

Through its direct members and 41 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: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: info@scrs.com.

OEM Collision Position Statements Added to OEM1Stop.com

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OEM Collision Position Statements Added to OEM1Stop.com

Major refresh of the popular website gives repairers easier access to key automaker position statements and other important repair information

Dearborn, Mich. – August 11, 2016 – The popular OEM repair information website OEM1Stop.com has been improved and relaunched, now including for the first time automaker position statements on important collision repair issues.

The site, which is operated by a coalition of automakers known as the OEM Collision Repair Roundtable, Inc., was introduced in 2008 in response to collision industry calls for easier access to important OEM collision repair information. Since then, the site has provided repairers a “one-stop” source for that information by offering direct links to the collision and mechanical repair websites of close to 40 automaker brands; and it’s been a hit with the industry, with just under 80,000 visits in 2015, an increase of 70 percent since 2010.

Over the last few years, however, as vehicles—and the materials and technologies used to make them—have become more complex, automakers have released a great deal of additional collision repair information, such as position statements on key repair questions. Repair technicians set on following OEM repair recommendations and procedures, along with the industry associations representing them, have continued to seek out and utilize the new information to help make proper repairs the first time, but it had once again become difficult to find at times.

OEM Roundtable members are hoping the new OEM1Stop.com will help resolve that problem. The site now features a page dedicated specifically to OEM position statements, with common parts- and repair procedure-related topics called out—such as structural parts, salvage airbags, clip repairs, wheel reconditioning and vehicle repair scanning—and each OEM statement in that category listed for easy access.

In addition, most of the OEMs now have their own dedicated page on the site as well, allowing each a place to list their collision repair positions and offer other important repair-related materials. Ford, for instance, in addition to its position statements, has included its F-150 repair instruction sheets, and current and back issues of its On Target collision repair newsletter.

“OEM1Stop has proven to be a tremendous resource for repairers seeking the latest OEM collision and mechanical repair information, but the addition of automaker position statements is something the industry has asked for, and we think it’s an important enhancement that will make the site that much more valuable for shops intent on fixing collision-damaged vehicles right the first time,” said Gary Ledoux, assistant national manager of wholesale parts marketing at American Honda and current chairman of the OEM Roundtable.

New OEM positions and other information will be added to the site as they are made
available, so repairers are urged to check back often. Meanwhile, the OEM Roundtable’s other website—CrashRepairInfo.com—continues to be an easy-to-use resource shops can make available to their customers, offering collision repair basics and other information intended to help guide them through the often challenging and frustrating collision repair process.

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About OEM Collision Repair Roundtable, Inc.
Formed in 1998, OEM Collision Repair Roundtable, Inc., is a non-profit collision repair industry
association composed of representatives from original equipment manufacturer (OEM) vehicle
manufacturers. Member companies include Audi of America, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC, Ford
Motor Company, General Motors, American Honda Motor Co., Hyundai Motor America, Mazda North
American Operations, Nissan North America, Subaru of America, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.,
Volkswagen of America, Volvo Car USA, LLC and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

Honda Releases 2016 HR-V Body Repair Information

From CollisionWeek News

American Honda has released body repair information for its 2016 HR-V crossover. The Honda Body Repair News publication provides a summary of new body and vehicle technologies of interest to the collision repair industry.

The publication includes sections on:

  • New Model Body Technology
  • Body Repair Information
  • Welding Precautions and Information
  • Airbag System Components and Repairs
  • Electrical Repair Information

According to the publication, the 2016 HR-V structure features extensive use of high and ultra-high-strength steel, including 27 percent in grades of 780, 980, and 1,500 MPa. The document provides diagrams detailing the locations of various strengths steels.

The vehicle may also be equipped with Honda’s Lane Watch system to detect objects in the driver’s blind spot. The system includes cameras mounted in the side view mirrors that require special tools to  aim following mirror and door panel removal or replacement. Collision repairers can contact a Honda dealer for assistance with the procedure.

The 2016 HR-V Body Repair News can be downloaded as an Adobe Acrobat file.

I-CAR Announces New Course Launches for First Quarter

From CollisionWeek News

The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR), announced that it will launch three new courses in the first quarter of 2016: MIG brazing, rivet bonding, and Honda & Acura electrical system repair.

The new MIG brazing and rivet bonding courses are part of I-CAR’s new Hands-On Skills Development program, a new line of courses that are hands-on and conducted in-shop, while the electrical repair course is the fourth installment in an online series focused on Honda and Acura vehicles. All three courses have been specifically designed to provide collision repair technicians with cutting-edge techniques that target today’s innovative vehicles.

MIG Brazing Hands-On Skills Development (BRZ02) offers collision repair technicians a critical opportunity to develop their MIG brazing skills in their own shop environment. This technique is becoming a requirement for many high-strength steel (HSS) vehicles entering the market, making it a skill that technicians need to know. As a result of taking this course, technicians will have the knowledge and hands-on practice to consistently produce quality MIG brazing repairs.

“The need for technicians trained in MIG brazing is only going to keep growing. While MIG brazing is a new technique to some, Honda and Acura have been requiring it for over five years on certain repairs to some of our most popular current models, such as the Accord and MDX. We are pleased to see I-CAR deliver MIG brazing training in a way that technicians can practice and learn right at their own shop and on their own equipment,” said Chris Tobie, instructional designer, American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

Rivet Bonding Hands-On Skills Development (RVT01) introduces technicians to an attachment method that is quickly becoming more common as more vehicles are built using aluminum, steel and mixed materials, such as North America’s best-selling vehicle the 2015 Ford F-150. Rivet bonding requires careful timing and an organized approach making one-on-one coaching with the instructor an important component of the course. Technicians who complete the course gain knowledge and skills they can immediately put to use in their shops.

Honda & Acura Electrical Collision Repair (HON14e), the fourth in a series of American Honda-developed, I-CAR delivered online courses, gives technicians the information to perform proper and complete post-collision electrical system repairs on Honda and Acura vehicles. The course also empowers facilities to ensure that sublet repairs are done properly. The course is divided into three sections that highlight basic electrical system requirements, potential wiring harness issues, and Honda and Acura wiring repair policies, tools and resources.

“Today’s vehicle manufacturers are introducing new technologies that are rapidly transforming the collision repair industry,” stated Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.

SCRS Announces Featured Experts for OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit

Prosser, Washington, October 20, 2015 – The OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit is one of the most unique networking and learning opportunities available to the collision repair industry, designed to put SEMA Show attendees in a room with innovators in automotive structural design and technology. The Summit’s focus is on emerging trends in vehicle construction and technology, and how both of those aspects influence vehicle repairability and collision industry preparation.
The Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) has compiled a slate of the industry’s most respected subject matter experts who bring rich histories of involvement in the sophisticated advancements seen in the automotive and collision repair fields. The presenters, moderators and panelists will highlight architectural and technological developments in modern vehicles, and how those advancements intersect with the repair process. Every participant in this industry can benefit from better insight into how vehicles and materials are evolving, what that means in the repair process and what will be expected of those who are performing these repairs.

The day will be broken into three segments, and attendees can register for all three as a complete series, or for each independently. All three segments of the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit are included in the RDE Full Series Pass.

Onsite registrations can be secured in the main Show registration area, or outside the session rooms.

The OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit will be held between 9:30am – 5:00pm on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 in room N241 found on the upper level of the North Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The upper level can be accessed by the escalator next to the food court in the North Hall Lobby.

OEM1 | Advanced Automotive Technology:

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Structural Connectivity – Understanding the Future of Automaker Joining Techniques

Featuring:

Steve Marks | Industry Technical Support Manager, I-CAR (Moderator)

Doug Craig | Technical Application Engineer, LORD Corporation

Klaus Reitzig | Chief Engineer and Director, Wielander + Schill Engineering

Oliver Woelfel | President, Advanced Collision Repair Solutions

Shawn Collins | Senior Technical Service Engineer, 3M

A panel of specialists with backgrounds in automotive joining will discuss the advanced structural joining approaches being used in modern automotive architecture. The panelists will have expertise in riveting, bonding and welding of aluminum, steel and mixed materials.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Tech Crunch -The Role of Programming and Diagnostics in Post-Repair Road Worthiness

Featuring:

Aaron Clark | Vice President of Technical Compliance, Assured Performance Network (Moderator)

Chuck Olsen |Director of Diagnostics and Technical Support, Collision Diagnostic Services

Eric Mendoza | Collision Repair & Refinish Training Assistant Manager, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

John Ellis | Managing Director, Ellis & Associates

John Waraniak | Vice President Vehicle Technology, Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA)

A panel of automakers and technology specialists discuss the real world application of vehicle scans, diagnostics and calibrations. These subject matter experts will bring a focus on technical aspects of vehicle scan code requirements and the role that diagnostic testing plays in repairing vehicles and restoring roadworthiness.

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

OEM2 | The Future of Aluminum in the Automotive Industry

Presented by:

Doug Richman | Vice President of Engineering and Technology, Kaiser Aluminum

Also featuring:

Brandin Benson | Service Engineer, Product Technical Support, Mercedes-Benz USA

Mark Allen | Specialist, Collision Programs & Workshop Equipment, Audi of America

Mark Szlachta | Advanced Service of Design Engineer, GM

A fascinating presentation on technological advancements in aluminum manufacturing, construction and engineering, joining and other advancements that are predicted to impact how frequently aluminum will be present in your repair facility, and how it will be used on automotive bodies. The presentation will include perspectives on how light weighting is driving innovation, and the role repairability plays in aluminum development.

Following the presentation, a panel of automakers will join the presenter on stage to further discuss the real world application of aluminum structures in vehicle design, vehicle safety and vehicle repairability.

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

OEM3 | The Continuing Evolution of Advanced Steels in Automotive Bodies 

Presented by:

Dr. Blake Zuidema | Director of Automotive Product Applications, ArcelorMittal

Also featuring:

Chris Tobie | Instructional Designer, American Honda Motor Co.

Joe DiDonato | Technical Training Administrator, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

John Hughes | Collision Repair Responsible, FCA

Robert Hartman | Team Leader – North American Structures & Closures, GM

Automotive light weighting and looming governmental expectations relative to emissions standards are driving major changes and innovations in the steel industry. Aluminum may have been all the rage in collision industry information, but steel continues to be poised to play the most significant role in the automotive footprint for the foreseeable future; although, not necessarily the same steel that that the industry is accustomed to. This program will elaborate on technological advancements in steel manufacturing that have driven changed in automotive structural designs, and to make parts that meet the expectations of safer, lighter and more advanced automobiles.

Following the presentation, a panel of automakers will join onstage to further discuss the real world application of steel structures in vehicle design, vehicle safety and vehicle repairability.

You can register for the OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit and other RDE sessions at www.scrs.com/rde.

About SEMA and the SEMA Show: The SEMA Show is a trade show produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), a nonprofit trade association founded in 1963. Since the first SEMA Show debuted in 1967, the annual event has served as the leading venue bringing together manufacturers and buyers within the automotive specialty equipment industry. Products featured at the SEMA Show include those that enhance the styling, functionality, comfort, convenience and safety of cars and trucks. Additional details available at www.semashow.com or www.sema.org, (909) 396-0289.

About SCRS’ RDE Series: REPAIRER DRIVEN EDUCATION (RDE) series will feature 4 days of seminar offerings, many of which are uniquely designed and being offered only at the 2015 SEMA Show. Each of the courses has been individually selected or crafted by SCRS because the content specifically focuses on information that is relevant to the diverse array of marketplace perspectives within the collision repair industry. More information is available at www.semashow.com/scrs.

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: www.scrs.com. You can e-mail SCRS at the following address: info@scrs.com.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Raised Over $100,000 at Golf Outing

From CollisionWeek News

The fourteenth annual Collision Repair Education Foundation industry fundraiser, co-hosted by PPG Automotive Refinish, secured over $100,000 through the support of attendees and sponsors. Sponsors and participants enjoyed a day of golf at Northville Hills Golf Club in Northville, Mich. on July 22nd. The funds raised from this event will go toward supporting scholarships and grants for collision schools and students.

“This is the seventh consecutive year we’ve co-hosted the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s industry fundraiser,” said Domenic Brusco, PPG Automotive Refinish, senior manager, industry relations. “The industry has collectively supported this event to a degree of taking it from $19,000 raised in 2009 to over $100,000 in 2015. As these funds assist high school and college collision students, programs, and instructors nationwide, a great time on the course will benefit the future professionals of the industry.”

“Thank you to the event sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and to PPG Automotive Refinish for making this event an incredible day of fun and fundraising for high school and college collision students,” noted Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode. “A year’s worth of planning goes into this event and it was great to see everything come together and we look forward to planning our 2016 event, during our 25th anniversary year.”

Georgia High School Collision Repair Enrollment to Double through Industry Support

From CollisionWeek

Maxwell High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. announced last week that the donations provided to the collision repair program over the past several years by the industry have made it more attractive to prospective students and enrollment for the upcoming fall semester will double compared to previous years. The announcement came during a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 8 held to celebrate the Collision Repair Education Foundation 2013 $50,000 Makeover school grant funded by the Atlanta I-CAR Committee.

Both local industry members and those attending the Collision Industry Conference meetings were provided with a tour of the program and met with school administration, collision instructors, and students.

Maxwell High School also had two collision students place 1st in state for the SkillsUSA collision repair and refinishing contests and these students will be competing at the national contest this June in Louisville, Kentucky.

Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode said, “I congratulate and thank the Atlanta I-CAR Committee for coming together to assist Maxwell High School as we are seeing this support result in increased enrollment and highly trained students demonstrated by their SkillsUSA state winning students. Through the committee’s local fundraising efforts, over $100,000 has been invested into the schools collision program which has provided everything from newly painted shop floors, student scholarships, tool/equipment upgrades, and much more. To have the program look brand new and now producing state winning SkillsUSA students should prove to the industry that investing in their local collision programs through the Education Foundation pays off at multiple levels. ”

Maxwell High School Principal Dr. Jeff Hall noted, “The Makeover grant and support has afforded our collision instructors the ability to teach our students, at the highest level possible, through the use of advanced equipment and supplies. More importantly, the grant ensures our students receive industry level training every day. We are fortunate to have the support of the Collision Repair Education Foundation and Atlanta I-CAR Committee, as our graduates leave us well prepared for the workforce and post-secondary education.”

Atlanta I-CAR Chairman Gerry Poirier and Farmers Insurance National APD Manager stated, “The ability to obtain such great results with the school has been made possible by all the members of the Atlanta Committee. Their dedication and passion to make this program excel to such high levels is second to none. Our partnership with Maxwell’s teachers and administrators has been nothing short of phenomenal and has been key to the success. We will continue to support Maxwell and are looking for additional local programs where we can duplicate these outstanding results to promote this great industry and bring in new technicians.”

Industry members interested in joining the Collision Repair Education Foundation’s supporters and assist high school and college collision school programs should contact Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at 847.463.5245 or Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org.

GCIA Makes Donation to Maxwell High School of Technology

2015 Donation to Maxwell School

GCIA members Gregg Goff, Bobby Coombs, and Executive Director Howard Batchelor presenting a $2000 check to Collision Repair instructor Butch Luther of Maxwell High School of Technology. Also present is instructor Sam Melaragno (right end, front row). The funds will help the school purchase tools and supplies.

 

For the second year in a row, the GCIA used funds it raised from its annual Golf Tournament to make a $2000 donation to Atlanta area Maxwell High School of Technology.  Maxwell offers Auto Collision I & II as well as almost 20 other career paths for young people seeking an education in a trade. Learn more about Maxwell High at their website at http://www.maxwellhigh.com/.

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.