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American George Mason and Canadian Jordy Bartman will participate in auto body repair portion of competition Car-O-Liner sponsoring for third time.
Car-O-Liner recently trained representatives from Canada and the U.S. for the auto body repair skill portion of the 42nd WorldSkills Competition, which will be held at the Leipzig Trade Fair and Exhibition Center in Leipzig, Germany, July 2-7, 2013. This is the third WorldSkills competition Car-O-Liner has sponsored.
Jordy Bartman, the Canadian representative, visited the Wixom, Mich., Training Academy for three days of hands-on training. Bartman currently works as an apprentice auto body technician at Brooks Collision and is studying at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
George Mason, the representative for the U.S., trained with Carolina Collision Equipment, the regional distributor for Car-O-Liner products in North and South Carolina. He attended the Lexington Technology Center and is employed at Gilbert Paint & Body in Gilbert, S.C.
This year, more than 1,000 competitors from more than 50 countries and regions will test their skills in Leipzig as they compete for the title of “WorldSkills Champion." Contestants compete for four days in 45 occupational skill areas including manufacturing, information technology, transportation, construction, creative arts and social services. Accompanied by their teachers, trainers and industry technical committee experts, these young people compete before the public in contests that are run and judged using demanding international standards.
In the WorldSkills auto body repair contest, competitors must:
- Correct all structural misalignment of the unitized body shell using hydraulically operated repair equipment to pull/push the body back into proper alignment.
- Verify the accurate realignment of the unitized body, including suspension attachment points, using industry-recognized measuring equipment.
- Replace a damaged structural (frame) member using internationally accepted procedures.
- Repair cosmetic damage to an exterior steel and/or aluminum and/or plastic body panel (fender, door, quarter panel, roof, etc.) by metal finishing (or repair product in the case of a plastic panel).
- Replace cosmetic, non-structural exterior steel and/or aluminum body panel (fender, door, quarter panel, roof, etc.).