New I-Car® Hands-On Skills Development™ Courses On Plastic Repair And Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding Launch

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., October 23, 2017 – Two new courses were announced today as additions to the I-CAR® Hands-On Skills Development™ lineup: Plastic Repair and Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding.

Further acting on the positive industry response to I-CAR’s Hands-On Skills Development curriculum launch in 2016, Plastic Repair and Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding join the previously introduced Rivet Bonding and MIG Brazing courses. All Hands-On Skills Development courses are specifically designed to provide collision repair technicians with cutting-edge techniques and skills that target today’s innovative vehicles.

Plastic Repair Hands-On Skills Development is a four-hour course that will provide students the opportunity to perform a variety of plastic repairs in a hands-on environment. Students will use adhesives, and various welding options on actual bumper covers. After completing the course, students will be able to perform plastic repairs using adhesives, hot air, and airless welding techniques using specific welding tools, and other procedures.

Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding Hands-On Skills Development is a five-hour course that will provide students the opportunity to perform spot welds on a variety of metal thicknesses and with a variety of flange treatment techniques. Students will also learn the importance of proper planning and preparation to ensure safe welding. Following course completion, students will know how to properly set up a spot welder, spot weld on coupons of different metal thickness, and spot weld a prop using a variety of flange treatment techniques.

“I-CAR understands the changing needs of today’s vehicles, new attachment methods, and OEM-required procedures, which prompted the creation of the Hands-On Skills Development curriculum track last year,” said Josh McFarlin, I-CAR director of curriculum and product development. “Technicians and the industry need this type of hands-on, instructor-led training with adequate practice time in order to fully understand these complex repair procedures. I-CAR’s training programs have been developed to provide the most comprehensive instruction and critical skill development opportunities.”


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