News: Consolidator Report
I-CAR Program Instructor Toby Chess demonstratively emphasized the importance of having all technicians complete an I-CAR welding
qualification test during a recent Collision Industry Conference meeting at NACE in Las Vegas.
Chess passed around samples of welds that most people said looked fine, but that he was easily able to break apart with his bare hands. He noted that the quality of welds plays a significant role in the safety of passengers on the road.
“It should be mandatory that all technicians complete a welding qualification test,” said Chess. “Too many technicians do not know how to complete a proper weld. The safety of others requires that all who work on vehicles every day get the proper training.”
Chess, who received the Auto Body Repair News 2008 Industry Leadership Award while at NACE, also discussed the proper methods of welding high strength steels that are becoming more common in newer model vehicles and the I-CAR live training program Steel Unitized Structures Technologies and Repair (SP07).