Hoffman Estates, Illinois -- March 26, 2014 -- In a groundbreaking collaboration, collision repair training experts at I-CAR worked alongside Ford Motor Company engineers during the 2015 Ford F-150 design and development process, leveraging I-CARâ€™s expertise to create a training solution for collision repair professionals who will work on the next generation of Fordâ€™s extremely popular truck.
â€œThis is a game-changer in the way the collision repair industry approaches training; to be fully prepared with the knowledge, skills and solutions needed before the vehicle debuts,â€ said John Van Alstyne, CEO & President of I-CAR. â€œTraditionally, repair solutions are not developed until after a vehicle is publicly launched, leaving a gap in repair readiness. I-CAR commends Ford for its proactive approach, working together with I-CAR to develop a repair solution that addresses complete, safe and quality repairs for the new F-150, and doing so before the vehicle enters production.â€
Added Jason Bartanen, I-CARâ€™s Director of Industry and Technical Relations, â€œFor a revolutionary vehicle like the 2015 Ford F-150, material-specific training that highlights the unique processes associated with aluminum repair is critical for the front-line professionals faced with safely repairing these vehicles. I-CARâ€™s proven track record of aluminum repair technical expertise and training development solidified Fordâ€™s interest in an early partnership to formulate a vehicle-specific training program for the F-150.â€
Two years of development culminates in I-CARâ€™s new six (6)-credit hour 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair course (FOR06) that covers all topics on aluminum, and dives deep into vehicle-specific repair information. This instructor-led course uses discussion, education, and decision-making exercises to equip technicians to properly repair this game-changing vehicle. Industry training for FOR06 will open June 1.
The soon-to-be-launched 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair course, combined with I-CAR Aluminum Welding Training & Certification creates a robust training program to properly and efficiently repair the new F-150 vehicle. I-CAR will deliver this training to the Ford dealer network and independent repairers across the market prior to vehicle launch, ensuring a new level of industry preparedness.