I-CAR Teams With Ford On 2015 Ford F-150 Collision Repair Training
I-CAR’s collision repair training experts have collaborated with Ford Motor Company (www.ford.com) to create training solutions for the 2015 Ford F-150 truck. I-CAR worked with Ford engineers during the new truck’s design and development process.
“This 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,” said John Van Alstyne, CEO and president of I-CAR. “Traditionally, 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.”
Added Jason Bartanen, I-CAR’s director of Industry and Technical Relations, “For 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-CAR’s proven track record of aluminum repair technical expertise and training development solidified Ford’s interest in an early partnership to formulate a vehicle-specific training program for the F-150.”
The two years of development culminated in producing the six-credit hour 2015 Ford F-150 Structural Repair course (FOR06) that covers all topics on aluminum and gets into vehicle-specific repair information. This instructor-led course uses discussion, education and decision-making exercises to equip technicians to properly repair this vehicle. Industry training for FOR06 will open June 1.