I-CAR, in collaboration with the General Motors Corvette team, has announced that it will offer a three-and-a-half-day, hands-on Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 training course beginning Sept. 13 and running through Sept. 30, with additional dates being added in October and November. The training will be held at the I-CAR Tech Centre in Appleton, Wis.
Jason Bartanen, I-CAR technical director, said, “Vehicle makers are continually looking for ways to lighten vehicle structures, and there is a strong likelihood that the industry will see more aluminum-intensive vehicles. The I-CAR Corvette ZR1 course offers a tremendous opportunity for repairers to receive a premier training experience, as well as earn credit toward the I-CAR Platinum Individual designation.”
This unique opportunity will provide individuals with the same training that Corvette ZR1 certified collision repair technicians receive and is open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. The Corvette ZR1 training will allow individuals to enhance their knowledge and skills in aluminum vehicle repair through performing hands-on welding and riveting repairs on Corvette ZR1 space frames. Individuals will also be able to perform sectioning activities, following General Motors repair procedures.
A recent student from the Corvette ZR1 course stated, “When I started the class, I knew nothing about aluminum welding. I now know how to confidently weld aluminum and section frames. This is one of the most informative courses that I have ever attended,” the student continued, “With the hands-on training and excellent guidance from the instructors, I would not have a second thought about sectioning or replacing a frame rail on a Corvette.”
Following successful completion of the I-CAR Corvette ZR1 training, individuals will meet the requirements for the 2011 I-CAR ProLevel 1 Aluminum Structural Technician role, as defined in the I-CAR Professional Development Program, and be recognized with the I-CAR Platinum Individual designation.
To register and for more information, contact Danielle Babino, I-CAR Technical Information Coordinator, at [email protected] or 920-749-0444.