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I-CAR launches new course on high-strength steel repairs

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March 5, 2012—I-CAR recently launched a new training course focused on best practices for repairing high-strength steel and ultra high-strength steel.

The course, called Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs (SPS09), provides collision industry professionals with information on proper repair procedures to ensure five-star crash ratings are not compromised during the repair process, according to I-CAR. The course covers topics and procedures such as identification, properties, drilling, cutting, straightening, pulling, squeeze-type resistance spot welding, GMA (MIG) welding, MIG brazing and riveting on high-strength steels.

“As an increased number of manufacturers build vehicles with significant amounts of HSS and UHSS, the need to understand repair methodologies becomes even more critical to safe and complete repairs,” said Jason Bartanen, technical director for I-CAR. “This course will impact new technicians and veterans alike. With HSS and UHSS evolving so quickly and becoming a mainstay in vehicle composition, this course will provide insights that are relevant to all collision repair technicians.”

I-CAR said the Best Practices for High-Strength Steel Repairs course fulfills the new technology training requirements for steel structural technicians, aluminum structural technicians, non-structural technicians, estimators and auto physical damage appraisers within the organization’s Professional Development Program.
Steel structural technicians who have already fulfilled their new technology training requirements in I-CAR ProLevel 1 are able to apply the course credit toward their I-CAR ProLevel 3 training requirements, according to I-CAR.

For more information, or to register for the course, visit

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