• Course Description

    Heavy Duty Truck Collision Repair

    Chief introduces the first Heavy Duty Truck Collision Repair Course available to the industry. This course is first to detail structural repair principles and techniques for the Heavy Duty Market. An understanding of construction methods, steel properties, OEM procedures, and general repair principles are all covered in this comprehensive course. Proper use of measuring and pulling equipment are demonstrated and discussed. With the use of our Heavy Duty Damage Simulator, Chief can duplicate structural and body damage while monitoring their effects on the structure as this relates to how repairs can be blueprinted prior to beginning the repair process. This course is designed for technicians, estimators, and appraisers with valuable repair and analysis information. This is a two-day course available on a limited basis.

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    Welding Technologies For the Technician

    Chief introduces its Welding Qualification Program. This course offers some lecture, but mostly hands-on experiences with welding steel and aluminum. By attending this class, the student will learn how to properly set up the welder for steel, aluminum and MIG brazing exercises. Learn how to troubleshoot and tune the welder to perform various welds. Once the student reaches proficiency, a qualification test is given to test their abilities in various types of welds. A Chief Certificate is awarded to all participants upon successful completion of the course. This is a two-day intensive course that should be attended by technicians.

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    Welding Technologies For The Appraiser

    A one-day (eight-hour) class designed specifically for appraisers.  This is an interactive course that the appraiser will want to attend to learn various welding technologies. A practical experience with a virtual welder allows participant to perform real world welds with the safety of a virtual experience. Learn what a good and bad weld looks like, and the visual and destructive method to verify a good weld. This is a technical course that is brought into the classroom with extensive lecture and hands-on experiences. Upon successful completion, a Chief Certificate is awarded.

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    Chief’s Joining Technologies Course

    A one-day (eight-hour) class designed for both appraisers and technicians. Chief’s Joining Technologies course is an overview of the various techniques used by OEMs today. It is necessary that estimators, appraisers and technicians have a good understanding of the actual processes involved during the repair. This course is a combination of hands-on and classroom experiences. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in the following exercises:

    1. Perform steel and aluminum weld (done safely with Chief’s Virtual Welder)
    2. Install and remove self-piercing rivets
    3. Install blind rivets
    4. Perform structural weld bonding
    5. Perform spot welds with and without adhesive
    6. See demonstration of carbon fiber repair

     

    This course explains current and future technologies and is a must for the collision repair analysis professional.

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    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

     

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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.

    Course I-CAR number is CHEM-00003.

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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

    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.

    Course I-CAR number is CHEM-00002.

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    Advanced Steering & Suspension Analysis

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

    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.

    Course I-CAR number is CHEM-00007.

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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 Manufacturers. 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 SYSTEMS TRAINING

    This 2-day (16 hour) interactive class trains technicians on the most efficient use of computerized measuring. Technicians learn to operate Chief's Computerized Measuring Systems 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 Chief's Computerized Measuring Systems and identify structural misalignment.
    • Running the Chief software using hands-on assignments directly under experienced, senior-level instructor guidance.
    • Troubleshooting, care, and maintenance to improve productivity.

    Course I-CAR number is CHEM-00005.

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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.

    Course I-CAR number is CHEM-00004.

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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.

    Course I-CAR number is CHEM-00008.

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