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I-CAR enhances welding courses

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Aug. 1, 2012—I-CAR this week announced two enhancements to its welding qualification training for the collision repair industry.

I-CAR’s Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification Series (WCS03) has been updated to include the use of different thicknesses of materials to help refine welding techniques. I-CAR said the new materials it uses for welding qualification are more representative of the thicknesses of steels used on modern vehicles.

I-CAR said students will now work with two different thicknesses of automotive-grade, zinc-coated steel: 16-gauge and 22-gauge. The testing portion of the class will include a series of 10 welds in vertical and overhead positions on various thickness combinations.

“The new materials used in this Welding Qualification Test will more accurately represent materials thickness used on many of today’s vehicles and will lead to a training experience that better prepares technicians with the knowledge and skills needed to maintain the integrity of a vehicle,” said Jason Bartanen, technical director for I-CAR.

The WCS03 course series fulfills requirements for the I-CAR ProLevel 3 for non-structural technicians, and the I-CAR ProLevel 1 for steel structural technicians. I-CAR said the course series is required by the following manufacturers in order to participate in their network programs: Acura, Audi, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Infiniti, Land Rover, Lexus, Nissan, Porsche, Toyota, Volvo and Volkswagen.

I-CAR has also launched an online course on Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Theory (WCS06e). The course provides students with basic knowledge related to steel welding theory, including an understanding of Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), proper use of GMA (MIG) welding equipment, and techniques for making butt joint with backing, open butt, fillet and plug welds. 

I-CAR said the WCS06e course fulfills requirements for the I-CAR ProLevel 2 for non-structural technicians, and prepares them for the I-CAR ProLevel 3 requirement of taking the in-shop Welding Qualification Test.

“Welding is a critical skill in the collision repair process and requires safety and attention to detail. The improvements made to our related training and testing can help ensure that high-quality welds are being performed consistently, helping to lower the risk of liability and protect future passenger safety,” Bartanen said.

For more information, or to register for the courses, visit i-car.com.

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