I-CAR announced that it will launch three new courses in the first quarter of 2016: MIG brazing, rivet bonding, and Honda & Acura electrical system repair. The new MIG brazing and rivet bonding courses are part of I-CAR’s new Hands-On Skills Development program, a new line of courses that are hands-on and conducted in-shop, while the electrical repair course is the fourth installment in an online series focused on Honda and Acura vehicles. All three courses have been specifically designed to provide collision repair technicians with cutting-edge techniques that target today’s innovative vehicles.
MIG Brazing Hands-On Skills Development (BRZ02) offers collision repair technicians an opportunity to develop their MIG brazing skills in their own shop environment. This technique is becoming a requirement for many high-strength steel (HSS) vehicles entering the market, making it a skill that technicians need to know. As a result of taking this course, technicians will have the knowledge and hands-on practice to consistently produce quality MIG brazing repairs.
“The need for technicians trained in MIG brazing is only going to keep growing,” said Chris Tobie, instructional designer, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “While MIG brazing is a new technique to some, Honda and Acura have been requiring it for over five years on certain repairs to some of our most popular current models, such as the Accord and MDX. We are pleased to see I-CAR deliver MIG brazing training in a way that technicians can practice and learn right at their own shop and on their own equipment.”
Rivet Bonding Hands-On Skills Development (RVT01) introduces technicians to an attachment method that is quickly becoming more common as more vehicles are built using aluminum, steel and mixed materials. Rivet bonding requires careful timing and an organized approach, making one-on-one coaching with the instructor an important component of the course. Technicians who complete the course gain knowledge and skills they can immediately put to use in their shops.
Honda & Acura Electrical Collision Repair (HON14e), the fourth in a series of American Honda-developed, I-CAR-delivered online courses, gives technicians the information to perform proper and complete post-collision electrical system repairs on Honda and Acura vehicles. The course also empowers facilities to ensure that sublet repairs are done properly. The course is divided into three sections that highlight basic electrical system requirements, potential wiring harness issues, and Honda and Acura wiring repair policies, tools and resources.
“Today’s vehicle manufacturers are introducing new technologies that are rapidly transforming the collision repair industry,” said Josh McFarlin, I-CAR director of Curriculum & Product Development. “I-CAR is committed to helping repair facilities and technicians stay ahead of this ‘Technical Tsunami’ by providing the most comprehensive instruction and critical skill development opportunities.”