• Course Description

    ADA Course (Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology)

    Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology

    This 1-day (8 hour) interactive class is designed for entry level or experienced appraisers and structural repair technicians. In this course, students will learn the principles of Aluminum forming methods, alloys, temper designations, damage analysis, repair processes, welding basics, and OEM recommendations.

    Key "hands-on" learning activities include:

    • Identification of aluminum alloys
    • Welding principles and techniques
    • Performing a dye penetrant test
    • OEM recommended repair processes
    • Actual "real world" case studies of aluminum damaged unibody vehicles

    To review and print copies of the documentation forms needed to secure I-CAR credit, please click on the following link: http://www.vsgdover.com/training/student_app_Chief.pdf 

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    Structural Damage Analysis

    Damaged-Car This comprehensive course features 24-hours of instruction on collision theory, structural damage analysis skills and an understanding of correction procedures. It is designed for the body shop estimator or insurance appraiser.

    This highly interactive course covers:

    • Collision theory of unitized and body-on-frame vehicles.
    • Hands-on gauging, measuring, and analyzing collision damage.
    • Computerized measuring and structural analysis.
    • Hands-on structural repair of a damaged unitized body vehicle to show the state-of-the-art application of damage analysis and correction procedures.
    • Writing detailed structural damage reports.

    Note: This course is not designed to teach estimate writing, but is designed to give you a thorough understanding of damage analysis and the procedures necessary for correcting structural misalignment. We recommend one year estimating experience before attending.

    The correct code to use for obtaining I-CAR credit for this course is CHEM-00003.

    To review and print copies of the documentation forms needed to secure I-CAR credit, please click on the following link: http://www.vsgdover.com/training/student_app_Chief.pdf

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    Advanced Frame Analysis

    Training Advanced Frame Analysis Course (Pickups and SUVs)
    AFA COURSE (ADVANCED FRAME ANALYSIS) FOCUSED ON PICKUP AND SPORT UTILITY

    Requirement: All participants MUST complete the Structural Damage Analysis (SDA) Course before enrolling in this course.

    This advanced course features 16-hours of instruction on collision theory, structural damage analysis skills and correction procedures on body-on-frame vehicles for the experienced body shop estimator or insurance appraiser.

    This highly interactive course covers:

    • Collision theory of body-on-frame vehicles with specific emphasis on pickup trucks and sport utility design vehicles.
    • Visual inspection of the vehicle's lower and upper structure to determine types of misalignment.
    • Hands-on measuring and analyzing collision damage on a pickup or sport utility vehicle.
    • Computerized measuring and structural damage reports.
    • Writing detailed structural damage repair.
    • Plan and set up a structural repair.
    • Hands-on structural realignment of a damaged pickup or sport utility vehicle.
    • Analyzing damaged and misaligned steering and suspension components and verify their alignments.

    The correct code to use for obtaining I-CAR credit for this course is CHEM-00002.

    To review and print copies of the documentation forms needed to secure I-CAR credit, please click on the following link: http://www.vsgdover.com/training/student_app_Chief.pdf

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    Advanced Steering & Suspension Analysis

    Training Advanced Steering & Suspension Analysis
    ASA COURSE (ADVANCED STEERING & SUSPENSION ANALYSIS)

    Requirement: All participants MUST complete the Structural Damage Analysis (SDA) Course before enrolling in this course.

    This advanced course features 16-hours of instruction on the analysis of vehicles with steering and suspension problems either before, during or (most often) after collision repair is complete. The information in this course includes troubleshooting techniques for quickly determining the source of steering and suspension related symptoms.

    This highly interactive course covers:

    • Steering geometry angles and their relationship to vehicle handling.
    • Front suspension designs and checking for misalignment.
    • Troubleshooting for bent, worn, and damaged steering and suspension parts.
    • Drivetrain alignment
    • Tracking and rear suspensions.
    • Weight distribution and its effects on steering and suspension.
    • Reading and understanding electronic measuring reports to identify unrepaired collision damage, sometimes without even looking at the vehicle.
    • Reading and understanding wheel alignment reports.
    • Hands-on troubleshooting techniques to quickly identify the source of steering and suspension related symptoms.
    • Troubleshooting flowcharts for use in the shop and in the field.

    The correct code to use for obtaining I-CAR credit for this course is CHEM-00007.

    To review and print copies of the documentation forms needed to secure I-CAR credit, please click on the following link: http://www.vsgdover.com/training/student_app_Chief.pdf

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    Designed Based Repair

    Training Design Based Repairs
    DESIGNED BASED REPAIR

    This advanced course features 16-hours of instruction on the advanced steels that are being introduced in the vehicles by the Manufactures. The information in this course includes problems related to proper metal identification and identity proper repair methods and procedures.

    This highly interactive course covers:

    • New structural designs and why the change.
    • Advanced steels and their reasons for usage in certain areas.
    • Understanding the collision and how the new structural designs will react and where do we look for the damage.
    • Identifying the proper repair methods, procedures and equipment.
    • Understanding the need for proper measuring and analysis.
    • Advantages of proper pulling and anchoring techniques.
    • Understanding collision prevention and safety systems.

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    Computerized Measuring Training

    Training Computerized Measuring
    COMPUTERIZED MEASURING TRAINING

    This 2-day (16 hour) interactive class trains technicians on the most efficient use of computerized measuring. Technicians learn to operate Chief's Genesis Computerized Measuring System to identify structural misalignment and maximize both repair quality and profitability.

    Key "hands-on" learning activities include:

    • Identify and analyze the internal and external forces that occur during a collision that cause structural misalignment.
    • Understanding terminology and theory of operation of computerized measuring systems.
    • The fastest way to set up a Genesis Computerized Measuring system and identify structural misalignment.
    • Running the Genesis software using hands-on assignments directly under experienced, senior-level instructor guidance.
    • Troubleshooting, care, and maintenance to improve productivity.

    The correct code to use for obtaining I-CAR credit for this course is CHEM-00005.

    To review and print copies of the documentation forms needed to secure I-CAR credit, please click on the following link: http://www.vsgdover.com/training/student_app_Chief.pdf

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    Full Frame Analysis & Repair Planning

    Training Full Frame Analysis
    FULL FRAME ANALYSIS & REPAIR PLANNING

    This 2-day (16 hours) interactive class is designed for entry level and experienced structural repair technicians who require training in full frame vehicle analysis and repair. The course is a prerequisite to the "Advanced Full Frame Repair" technician's class.

    In this course, technicians will learn the fundamental principles of Collision Theory, measuring, analyzing, repair planning, and setup for full frame vehicles to maximize both repair quality and profitability.

    Key "hands-on" learning activities include:

    • Identification of internal and external forces that occur during a collision that causes structural misalignment in full frame vehicles.
    • Use of Collision Theory and basic measuring procedures to measure and analyze collision damage in pickups and sport utility vehicles.
    • Developing an accurate repair plan based on this analysis.
    • Using the repair plan to set up a collision damaged vehicle in preparation for realignment.
    • Actual "real world" case studies of collision damaged pickups and SUVs.

    Students who successfully complete this approved training and wish to apply for I-CAR Gold Class points should reference course code CHEM-00004 on their applications.

    To review and print copies of the documentation forms needed to secure I-CAR credit, please click on the following link: http://www.vsgdover.com/training/student_app_Chief.pdf

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    UNITIZED BODY ANALYSIS & REPAIR PLANNING

    Training Unitized Body Analysis & Repair Planning
    UNITIZED BODY ANALYSIS & REPAIR PLANNING

    This 2-day (16 hour) interactive class is designed for entry level and experienced structural repair technicians who require training in unibody vehicle analysis and repair planning. The course is a prerequisite to the "Advanced Unitized Body Repair" technician's class.

    In this course, technicians will learn the fundamental principles of Collision Theory, measuring, analyzing, repair planning, and setup for unibody vehicles to maximize both repair quality and profitability.

    Key "hands-on" learning activities include:

    • Identification of internal and external forces that occur during a collision that cause structural misalignment in unibody vehicles.
    • Use of Collision Theory and basic measuring procedures to measure and analyze collision damage to unibody vehicles.
    • Developing an accurate repair plan based on this analysis.
    • Using the repair plan to set up a collision damaged vehicle in preparation for realignment.
    • Actual "real world" case studies of collision damaged unibody vehicles.

    The correct code to use for obtaining I-CAR credit for this course is CHEM-00008.

    To review and print copies of the documentation forms needed to secure I-CAR credit, please click on the following link: http://www.vsgdover.com/training/student_app_Chief.pdf

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    Advanced Steering & Suspension Analysis -- Technician

    Training Advanced Steering and Suspension Analysis
    FOR THE STRUCTURED REPAIR PROFESSIONAL

    This advanced course features 16 hours of instruction on the analysis of vehicles with steering and suspension problems either before, during, or (most often) after collision repair is complete. The information in this course includes troubleshooting techniques for quickly determining the source of steering and suspension related symptoms.

    Requirement: All Participants MUST complete the Computerized Measuring Training Course before enrolling in this course.

    This highly technical course covers:

    • Steering geometry angles and their relationship to vehicle handling.
    • Front suspension designs and checking for misalignment.
    • Troubleshooting for bent, worn, and damaged steering and suspension parts.
    • Drive train alignment.
    • Tracking and rear suspensions.
    • Weight distribution and its effects on steering and suspension.
    • Reading and understanding electronic measuring reports to identify unrepaired collision damage, sometimes without even looking at the vehicle.
    • Reading and understanding wheel alignment reports.
    • Hands-on troubleshooting techniques to quickly identify the source of steering and suspension related symptoms.
    • Troubleshooting flowcharts for use in the shop and in the field.

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