Body shop estimator classes

A one-day (eight-hour) class designed for both appraisers and estimators. 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:

Perform steel and aluminum weld (done safely with Chief’s Virtual Welder)
Install and remove self-piercing rivets
Install blind rivets
Perform structural weld bonding
Perform spot welds with and without adhesive
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)

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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.

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 -- 3 Days
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. Over 8,000 professionals have attended this course since 1990! It is the #1 course in the industry -- enroll today!
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Advanced Frame Analysis Course (Pickups and SUVs)
Requirement: All participants MUST complete the Structural Damage Analysis Course before enrolling in this course. This advanced course featured 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 of insurance appraiser.
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Advanced Steering & Suspension Analysis
Requirement: All participants MUST complete the Structural Damage Analysis 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 after collision repair is complete. Information includes troubleshooting techniques for quickly determining the source of steering and suspension related symptoms.
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Design Based Repairs
"Design Based Repair" is the efficient, economical, and proper repair of the vehicle which returns it to specifications that are in keeping with the manufacturer's original design. This 16-hour course concentrates on the use of new materials such as High-Strength Steels, Boron, Aluminum, and Carbon Fiber in today's vehicle design, and use of correct OEM information and current repair procedures to effect thorough, correct, and safe repairs ensuring the proper operation of the vehicle and its advanced safety systems.
Hands-on Auto Estimator Training
Using interactive media and industry standard software, you will learn the fundamentals of collision damage repair and damage estimating. This means you will be able to properly complete a hand written or computerized damage report for an auto body repair shop, insurance company or fleet and rental outlet.

This auto estimator training program, delivered by our industry-leading Auto Estimating instructors, covers the following:
Introduction to the Automotive Industry and Employment Skills
Material damage procedures
Vehicle construction
Damage analysis
Estimating principles
Mitchell flat rate estimating
Basic paint estimating
Review of body shop operations
Preparing estimates
Introduction to automated estimating
Introduction to Audatex Estimating
Learn more about Auto Estimator opportunities by following the links below:
Career Outlook, featured on our Car Estimator page
Salary & benefits, featured on our Auto Estimating page
The Opportunity, featured on our Collision Estimating page
The Course Outline, featured on our Auto Estimator page