Mitchell International has teamed with I-CAR to offer a series of I-CAR collision repair training courses at its San Diego, Calif., headquarters. The courses will be open to both employees of Mitchell as well as to the general public.
Mitchell employs 1,300 individuals and says it sees I-CAR training as one of the best ways of ensuring that team members have up-to-date information on collision repair procedures. Classes are intended for the labor staff, or the team that develops labor times for the collision repair database.
All of Mitchell’s labor editors must achieve and maintain the I-CAR Platinum Individual designation, which initially requires 10 units of I-CAR training, and is followed by two units of continuing training each year.
Labor and Specialty Database Manager Wayne Krause, who also is an I-CAR instructor, believes that providing the Mitchell facility as a central location for the classes is a way for the organization to give back to the inter-industry.
“Given the fact that part of Mitchell’s labor time development involves the utilization of I-CAR best practices, it was felt as a way to extend that knowledge to the rest of the industry,” said Krause.
Senior Vice President Marc Brungger added, “Mitchell is committed to providing timely and relevant information to the industry and working with I-CAR is not only a great fit for our product, but it allows us to give back to the industry by offering a location for a wide range of training.”
Mitchell began offering classes in August and will continue offering them throughout the year. The list of classes that have been offered or will be taught includes:
Fundamentals of Collision Repair (FCR01) Aug. 24
Vehicle Identification, Estimating Systems and Terminology (DAM01) Aug. 26
Collision Repair for Select High Volume Vehicles (POP01) Aug. 31, Sept. 28, and Oct. 14
Vehicle Technology and Trends 2010 (NEW10) Sept. 2, Sept. 30, and Oct. 19
Frontal Impact Analysis (DAM02) Sept. 7
Overview of Cycle Time Improvements for the Collision Repair Process (CYC01) Sept. 9 and Oct. 21
Mechanical Systems Analysis (DAM03) Sept. 14
Restraints, Interior, Glass, Side and Rear Impact Analysis (DAM04) Sept. 21
Aluminum Panels and Structures Damage Analysis (DAM05) Sept. 23
Steering and Suspension Damage Analysis (DAM06) Oct. 5
Corrosion Protection (CPS01) Oct. 7
Hazardous Materials, Personal Safety, and Refinish Safety (WKR01) Oct. 14
All classes are being offered at Mitchell International, 9970 Carroll Canyon Road, San Diego, CA 92126. Students interested in attending a class can register on the I-CAR website at www.i-car.com.