I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, has announced the premiere of an enhanced delivery method for its instructor-led Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding (WCS04) course. Students can now benefit from live demonstrations throughout the course, including demonstrations on how to properly set up machines, align and maintain electrode tips, make spot welds, identify and correct weld defects, understand how to visually inspect spot welds, and how to destructively test welds for quality.
This course will provide students with information that will enable them to perform successful welds and ultimately provide customers with safe and complete repairs. Spot welding has many benefits and can be considered a quick and efficient way to join metals as well as an effective solution for decreasing the heat-affect zone on vehicles manufactured with high-strength steel and ultra high-strength steel. In addition, spot welding decreases damage to corrosion protection and replication of production weld appearance.
“The success of the weld and the ability to achieve a safe and complete repair can be improved by the technician’s knowledge of proper methodology, equipment usage, and identification and inspection techniques," said Jason Bartanen, I-CAR technical director. "If a spot weld is not performed correctly, the risk of a weak or deformed weld will compromise the integrity of the repair. The new live demonstration portions in this course will be very relevant to technicians who apply spot welding techniques in their day-to-day jobs.”
The overall course content will remain the same and will fulfill the Spot Welded Panel Replacement Knowledge Area in I-CAR ProLevel 1 for Steel Structural Technicians and the Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding Knowledge Area in I-CAR ProLevel 2 for Non-Structural Technicians.