I-CAR webinar on aluminum-intensive vehicle repairs

Hoffman Estates, IL
June 16, 2014

Rapidly evolving lightweight vehicle materials like aluminum are driving major changes in vehicle construction as manufacturers strive to meet the federal government’s fuel-economy standards. As a collision repairer, this makes the need for advanced knowledge on repairing aluminum more critical than ever before in order to protect consumer safety and reduce the risk of improper repairs.

On June 25 at 12 PM EST, I-CAR® will host a webinar in conjunction with Auto Body Repair News (ABRN) to educate collision industry professionals on the considerations around repairing aluminum-intensive vehicles.

Registration is open at no cost: www.abrn.com/AluminumPrep.

Jeff Poole, Webinar Presenter and I-CAR Performance Training Coordinator stated, “Repair for aluminum structures is quite different from the process used with traditional steel structured vehicles. Repairers need to understand whether their shop is ready to handle modern aluminum-intensive designs.” He continued, “Working with these materials may require additional training and skill sets when compared to working with steel parts.”

This webinar will provide an overview of aluminum and the unique repair techniques required for working with aluminum. Webinar content draws on several I-CAR courses, including Welding Training & Certification™: Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03). I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certification program was re-introduced at the beginning of 2014 with enhancements including significant price cuts designed to save shops money and encourage them to more broadly invest in the training that perhaps most directly contributes to complete, safe and quality repairs.

Key highlights from I-CAR Live courses, 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair Training Course (FOR06) and Aluminum-Intensive Vehicle Repairs (ALI01), will also be shared throughout the webinar.

Webinar viewers will benefit from an overview of aluminum, including considerations around stampings, extrusions, castings, galvanic corrosion, and damage analysis. Information on attachment methods and processes will be provided, in addition to general best practices for working with aluminum and details on heating and straightening.