June 5, 2013—Chief Automotive Technologies will sponsor the SkillsUSA Collision Repair Technology Championship during this year’s SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference for the 27th consecutive year, the company announced Wednesday.
During the SkillsUSA Collision Repair Technology competition, students perform various technical skills such as metal straightening, welding, plastic repair and structural analysis. The competition is judged based on the overall appearance of the finished product, safety practices employed, speed, written exams and an interview.
Through the sponsorship, Chief will supply most of the structural repair equipment needed for the Collision Repair Technology event, including a frame rack, computerized measuring system and damage simulators. Chief said it also developed the written structural repair test that will be administered during the contest.
In addition, several of Chief’s staff members will volunteer their time to help manage the event. Chief University instructor Ken Soupene leads the SkillsUSA Collision Repair Technology committee, which also includes Chief global repair product manager Richard Perry and Chief distributor Mike Croker. The group will help set up the structural repair area, oversee testing, answer questions and supervise the SkillsUSA Collision Repair Technology area.
“We first got involved with SkillsUSA in 1986 to promote educational programs and give back to the industry,” Perry said. “It has been a very rewarding partnership. By working together, we can ensure the next generation of technicians is properly trained in the evolving field of structural damage analysis and repair.”
The 2013 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference will take place June 24-28 at the H. Roe Bartle Hall and Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. The event is expected to draw more than 15,000 students, teachers and business partners nationwide.