I-CAR has launched a new course on best practices for repairing high-strength steel (HSS) and ultra high-strength steel (UHSS). Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs (SPS09) will provide collision industry professionals with information on proper repair procedures designed to help ensure that five-star crash ratings are not compromised during the repair process, I-CAR says.
The newly introduced course includes information on collision repair topics and procedures such as identification, properties, drilling, cutting, straightening and pulling of the new high-strength steels. Other topics in the course include squeeze-type resistance spot welding (STRSW), GMA (MIG) welding, MIG brazing and riveting.
"As an increased number of manufacturers build vehicles with significant amounts of HSS and UHSS, the need to understand repair methodologies becomes even more critical to safe and complete repairs. This course will impact new technicians and veterans alike," said Jason Bartanen, I-CAR technical director. "With HSS and UHSS evolving so quickly and becoming a mainstay in vehicle composition, this course will provide insights that are relevant to all collision repair technicians."
Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs (SPS09) fulfills I-CAR’s New Technology training requirements for the Steel Structural Technician, Aluminum Structural Technician, Non-Structural Technician, Estimator and Auto Physical Damage Appraiser roles within the I-CAR Professional Development Program.
Individuals in the Steel Structural Technician role who have already fulfilled their New Technology training requirements in I-CAR ProLevel 1 may take Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs (SPS09) and apply earned credit toward their I-CAR ProLevel 3 training requirements.
Registration is open and classes are continually being added. Visit the I-CAR website to search for training in your area.