I-CAR has officially launched its all-new instructor-led, Aluminum Panel Repair and Replacement course (APR01) that was previewed at NACE. This course provides in-depth information, backed by in-class student activities, on the array of important considerations to take into account when making decisions on aluminum panels. Go Here to find a course location near you.
Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development explained, “Making the right decisions at the right time can play a role in improving KPIs like cycle time and CSI. Being able to properly assess damage and repair and replace exterior panels requires understanding the properties, characteristics, design, and construction of aluminum.”
During the course, students will participate in group activities to help reinforce learning and engagement as they receive instruction on techniques to remove damage. Some of the techniques will include hammer and dolly use, using heat for straightening aluminum, Paintless Dent Repair (PDR), weld-on and glue-on dent removal and preventing corrosion. Students will also receive demonstrations and explanations of several panel attachment and removal methods, as well as information on preparation and application. Aluminum welding considerations such as welding tears and dressing the weld will also be covered.
The new 3-credit hour course meets training requirements for Non-Structural Technicians, Estimators and Auto Physical Damage Appraisers in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program.
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The Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) has launched its Repairability Technical Support Portal for collision repair technical questions and answers. The site is designed to benefit technicians, shop owners, estimators, insurance specialists and field educators.
“This portal represents I-CAR’s direct solution to the need expressed by the industry; improved accessibility to the repair information required to support performance of complete, safe and quality repairs for the ultimate benefit of the consumer,” said John Van Alstyne, CEO & President of I-CAR. “We have created an online resource that brings the OEM and collision repair worlds together for an exciting collaboration that will make more repair critical information available across the industry, contributing to time, resource and cost savings in all aspects of the repair process.”
Among the portal’s highlights:
- Thousands of pages of OEM Repair information specific to hundreds of vehicle models
- “Top 10” repair inquiries, plus an extensive searchable database that allows model specific research into the thousands of technical inquiries I-CAR has already addressed over the years
- The latest industry news and information
- Quick and important reference materials such as the Airbag and Partial Replacement Matrices
- And all the content is accessible on-the-go, from a laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.
A key element of this new service offering is ‘Ask I-CAR’, a new service I-CAR designed to help the industry with repair technical questions. Inquiries can now be submitted online, or via telephone. ‘Ask I-CAR’ features full-time staff dedicated to responding to collision repair inquiries from users.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2014 Affiliate Leadership Conference! The conference will be held 8:00am – 5:00pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 in Denver, CO. SCRS has also been working closely with I-CAR on a number of issues and have arranged to hold the next I-CAR Repairability Summit from 8:00 – noon on Thursday, October 2nd. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm participation at your earliest convenience, and see reservation information below. Reservations must be made by August 15th 2014 to receive the discounted pricing. We encourage you to make your reservations now.
For those who have not attended, the Affiliate Conference before, it is a day-long roundtable discussion that features candid exchange of ideas, information and activity review from the leaders of state and regional collision repair associations across North America. It serves as the opportunity for associations to help exemplify efforts that have made positive impacts on represented marketplaces, and to share warnings of efforts that had unsatisfactory results. The object of the conversation is to actively learn from each other’s’ experiences, and to expand the level of communication and networking within the national network of associations.
The I-CAR Repairability Summit is to identify and prioritize the top 5–10 structural repairability issues & gaps facing the collision repair inter-industry & identify processes to resolve. The outcome of this I‑CAR led meeting may:
- Shape future Repairability Summits
- Provide direction for I-CAR Repairability Technical Support staff
- Identify potential collaboration projects to optimize structural repair methods
- Identify future best‑practice development opportunities
- Provide a mechanism for OEM linking pin project identification
- Provide inputs for future OEM ISAC discussions
Both events are being held at:
DoubleTree by Hilton Denver
3203 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
To book via phone, call: (303)321-3333 and reference Society of Collision Repair Specialists, or
We have negotiated a discounted room rate of $109.00/night that includes breakfast, and features a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport.
Please RSVP to email@example.com to confirm participation at your earliest convenience, and secure your room prior to August 15th 2014.
We hope that you can join us.
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.
I-CAR has added a new Live, instructor-led course to its catalog, Full-Frame Partial Replacement (FFR01). This course provides information on OEM repair procedures and welding requirements for full-frame vehicles.
The three credit hour course meets training requirements for Steel Structural Technicians, Auto Physical Damage Appraisers and Estimators in I-CAR’s Professional Development Program. FFR01 replaces I-CAR’s Steel Full-Frame Sectioning (SPS03) and Steel Full-Frame Technologies and Repair (SPS08) courses, resulting in the need for three less credit hours of training for certain repair professionals. Anyone who has previously taken either SPS03 or SPS08 will not lose training credit that has been earned.
“Properly repairing today’s full-frame vehicles requires a command of an array of considerations. The content in this course can be applied on the job immediately following completion, resulting in increased savings for the shop and the vehicle owner alike,” explained Josh McFarlin, I-CAR Director of Curriculum & Product Development.
Technicians will learn how to identify full-frame designs, partial replacement options and repair considerations for full-frame attachments during the course. They will also have access to HD-quality videos on full-frame partial replacement procedures for some of today’s most popular full-frame vehicles, including Ford F-150, General Motors 1500 frames, RAM 1500 and Jeep Wrangler.
I-CAR is happy to inform you that Kia Motors has released its first comprehensive collision repair manual in the United States!
The manual for the 2011-2012 Kia Soul provides a wealth of information valuable to collision repair professionals. It includes body panel repair procedures, sectioning and attachment method instructions, seam sealer and corrosion protection information, body dimensions and plastic part repair instructions. You can find it at www.kiatechinfo.com under Service Materials > Body Dimensions > 2011-2012 Soul (AM) Body Dimensions.
In the same section of the site, Kia has also posted repair manuals for the 2004-2009 Amanti, the 2007-2010 Rondo and the 2005-2009 Sportage that give details on unibody structure replacement procedures, seam sealer information and plastic part repair instructions. Dimension information for several other Kia vehicles is also available.
I-CAR has been encouraging Kia to publish more of its repair information in the United States for some time. So we’re proud to report that the Soul manual is among the most detailed and technician-friendly manuals we’ve seen from any manufacturer to date. We’d like to thank Kia for its efforts to provide this valuable information.
We look forward to updating you on other OEM collision repair information as it becomes available. I-CAR’s ongoing work as a linking pin between OEMs and the industry is just one aspect of our growing Repairability Technical Support Initiative to help collision repair professionals perform complete, safe and quality repairs.
Director, Industry Technical Relations
The Georgia Collision Industry Association (GCIA) presented a $2000 check to Maxwell High School to help it purchase equipment and supplies for its collision repair training program. The donation was made on behalf of Gene Hamilton (a GCIA Founding member) from the golf tournament honoring his service in the industry on Wednesday, October 2nd at the Trophy Club of Atlanta in Alpharetta, Ga.
Presenting the check is Michelle Coombs, owner Sports & Imports Collision and Gregg Goff, GCIA Board Member.
Sponsors of the event included:
In addition, the association had over 15 hole sign sponsors for the event. Many thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors.
About Maxwell High School of Technology
These guys are doing some great work for our industry by recruiting future technicians for Collision Repair. They currently have about 48 students including both AM and PM classes each day. They have state of the art equipment and train on the most current techniques in collision repair.
They are unsung heroes and GCIA is proud to partner with them to help make the future brighter in the collision industry where the average age of technician is over 50 years of age. If we do not look to support people and programs like this now and in the future, we will be faced with a severe shortage of qualified technicians to properly repair vehicles in our shops in Georgia.
Instructors Butch and Sam follow the I-CAR education curriculum and even train and administer the I-CAR welding test to students as they prepare them to enter the workforce in apprenticeship programs with several partnering collision repair centers. GCIA has agreed to make a commitment to take an active role in helping potential collision repair students and parents understand that the collision repair industry is a great and respectable career path that will engage and challenge students to improve their skill sets in an ever evolving technology based industry.
Maxwell High School of Technology
990 McElvaney Lane
Lawrenceville, GA. 30044
Applications for automotive scholarships are now available through the 2014 SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. Students preparing for careers in the auto or auto parts industries may be eligible for financial awards of up to $5,000.
The SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket industry leaders and innovators. Scholarship awards range from $2,000 to $3,000, with $5,000 going to the top student. Assistance is available for career paths in the automotive industry in accounting, engineering, racecar driver/crew, administration, information technology, sales/marketing, advertising, manufacturing, technicians, design/graphics, photo/journalism and transportation.
“Students coming through the SEMA Scholarship Program have demonstrated great potential and share the enthusiasm and passion that has fueled our industry,” said Zane Clark, SEMA education director. “Our hope is that we’ll continue to attract highly qualified students who will contribute and make strong, positive impacts in our industry.”
Unlike financial aid and student loans, the SEMA Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award that does not have to be paid back. Awards are granted to eligible applicants based on academic achievements, work experience, community involvement, essay content and recommendations. Students may re-apply each year, provided that they still meet the eligibility criteria.
A loan forgiveness award is also available to recent graduates who are working for SEMA-member companies and paying off existing student loans. Details and applications for both the scholarship and the loan-forgiveness awards are available at www.sema.org/scholarships.
The application deadline for the scholarship awards is March 28, 2014.
The Collision Repair Education Foundation and Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS) are working together to invite SCRS member businesses to help provide their local high school and college-level collision students with a professional appearance by sponsoring Cintas technician shirt and pant work uniforms for this upcoming fall school year. The objective is to connect associations and collision repair businesses across the country with their local collision school programs. The more engaged the local industry is with the school, the better prepared the collision students will be to enter the industry after graduation, and have an appreciation for the role the local industry played in their personal success.
Ideally, sponsors would be identified and uniforms ordered before the end of September so they would be available for the fall semester.
SCRS members can sponsor a package of 20 work uniform sets for $1,000, which includes a pair of Cintas work pants and technician shirts. The sponsoring member business will have the company’s logo prominently featured on the front chest of the shirt, along with a Collision Repair Education Foundation patch. SCRS will be featured on the back of the shirt, making the connection to students at an early age of the value of industry involvement. Industry members interested in learning more about this sponsorship opportunity, identifying their local collision school programs, or have questions, should contact Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed-foundation.org or phone 847.463.5244.
At its fourth annual golf fundraiser, the Atlanta I-CAR Volunteer Committee raised more than $23,000 for the Collision Repair Education Foundation. The funds raised at this event will be reinvested back into Atlanta-area collision repair school programs and students through both grants and student scholarships.
This sold-out event took place on May 1, 2013 at the Highlands Golf Course at Lake Arrowhead in Waleska, Georgia. Participants enjoyed driving range access, lunch, a round of golf, dinner, and many raffle prizes. Many corporate sponsors helped make this event possible, including:
- ABRA Auto Body and Glass
- Akzo Nobel
- Allstar Lights
- Athens Dodge
- AudaExplore, a Solera company
- CCC Information Services
- Cherokee Chrysler Dodge Jeep
- Classic Collision
- Day’s Chevrolet
- Elite Auto Group
- Enterprise Rent-a-Car
- Gerber Collision & Glass
- Hendrick Automotive Group
- Hertz Corp.
- McDonough Used Auto Parts
- Megel Chevrolet
- Mitchell ACS
- Nalley Group
- PPG Automotive Coatings
- RBX Holdings
- Roswell Infiniti
- Sherwin-Williams Automotive Finishes
- Sterling Autobody Collision
- Troncalli Chrysler
- Weaver’s Automotive
- World Toyota
Brandon Eckenrode, Director of Development for the Collision Repair Education Foundation notes, “Being able to attend and volunteer at this event, I was able to see first-hand the incredible work that this I-CAR volunteer committee is able to accomplish by working together and helping to raise additional funds for their local collision school programs. This event was so well put together that I was taking notes on what the Education Foundation could mimic at our national golf fundraiser each summer. Congratulations to the group.”
“This is the fourth year of this tournament and our most successful by far. I would like to thank our many industry supporters, as well as our outstanding committee volunteers, for coming together for such a great cause. The ability to raise these funds for the support of the collision education programs right here in Georgia truly shows what a great industry we are part of,” said Gerry Poirier, Farmers Insurance Company National APD Manager and Atlanta I-CAR Committee Chairman.
Inter-industry organizations and individuals who are interested in supporting the Education Foundation and increasing the amount of assistance provided to collision schools and students should contact Education Foundation Director of Development Brandon Eckenrode at Brandon.Eckenrode@ed foundation.org or 847-463-5244.