When a poor or improper weld is performed during a structural collision repair, it can compromise the vehicle’s structural integrity. The result may be a “repaired” vehicle that is dangerously unsafe to drive. In fact, recent tests by I-CAR® uncovered that 70% of welds failed destructive testing when performed by technicians prior to completing I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certification™.
Could your shop be one of the many performing these dangerously unsafe welds?
I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certification events prepare your facility and technicians to perform complete, safe and quality welds. I-CAR offers three unique welding certifications — Steel GMA (MIG) Welding (WCS03), Aluminum GMA (MIG) Welding (WCA03), and Steel Sectioning (SPS05) — all designed to give technicians the hands-on experience and skills required to repair today’s complex vehicles.
Performing a safe and proper weld requires more than technician training and skill, however. The proper shop infrastructure and equipment are also essential. So I-CAR’s Welding Training & Certification program addresses those areas too by incorporating a comprehensive evaluation of your infrastructure and your equipment.
GM understands the importance of welding training and now requires at least one technician from each Dealer or sublet body shop to be I-CAR Welding Certified in either Steel or Steel Sectioning in 2016 in order to meet Service Technical Standards. If your shop has Corvette Stingray allocation or CT6 allocation and would like to be part of the Cadillac Aluminum Repair Network, Aluminum welding is also required.
If you are among the technicians who have not yet completed their welding certification, register today by using the link below. Don’t forget to affiliate yourself with the GM program to ensure that you receive GM recognition for your training. Proper welds save lives. Make sure you and your shop know how to perform them.