I-CAR Launches GM Collision Repair Overview Course as Part of Vehicle and Technology Specific Training Program.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra was quoted on the topic of autonomous cars in the Business Insider’s December 2016 issue stating, “We are in the midst of seeing more change in the next five years than we’ve seen in the last 50 years.” From advanced safety systems to model changes, collision repair technicians need to be educationally versed in a wide variety of procedures that contribute to safe and quality automotive repairs.
In order for technicians to be educated about all the latest GM repair procedures, GM utilizes the services of I-CAR® to conduct its GM body structural repair training within the U.S. Additionally, GM, and the collision repair education and training organization have developed an overview course that launched in October.
The course, “General Motors (GM) Company Collision Repair Overview (VT225E01),” is a one-hour, one-credit course that covers not only GM’s new format for collision repair procedures on its website but also where to find the most up-to-date repair procedures. Offered as part of I-CAR’s Vehicle and Technology Specific TrainingTM (VTST) program, this course provides the answers to the top questions technicians have about repairing a GM vehicle that has been in a collision.
Bob Hartman, GM’s Advanced Serviceability of Design Team Leader – Body Structures, explained to I-CAR why GM altered the body repair information on its website.
“Vehicle structures have changed. We really felt that the technician needed more detail to complete a safe repair and really restore that vehicle to pre-accident condition. The change is really for the technician. It gives them details for welding, how to replace all the adhesive and what to put back to make that structure whole again.”
Contents of the course, divided into three modules, include historical repair information, the information needed for today’s repairs, and other repair procedures, such as repairing damage to passive restraint systems and the necessary calibrations after repairs.
The course starts with a short history of GM collision repair information and the role played by I-CAR. Current position statements issued by GM are highlighted, and there are instructions for accessing the GM website information and GM Repair Insights.
The second module explores the collision repair information available today. This includes spot weld replacements, adhesive use, documented partial replacement procedures, MIG brazing requirements, and materials handling. The module also highlights stationary glass replacement and laser-brazed roof replacements. The course concludes with required repairs after an airbag
deployment, GM requirements for high voltage battery protection and required ADAS calibrations after a collision.
More Resources Available for Technicians
GM is committed to getting its repaired vehicles back on the road safely and in as high-quality a condition as they were when they were first produced. Technicians who are interested in learning more about collision repair can access I-CAR courses designed to keep them aware of OEM-specific changes and industry repairability trends.
I-CAR has worked collaboratively with GM to offer up-to-date GM vehicle calibration requirements through the I-CAR Repairability Technical Support® (RTS) Portal. On the portal, technicians can access the latest news in the collision industry, I-CAR best practices, and the OEM Calibration Requirements Search tool. This innovative search feature allows you to select the make, model and year of the vehicle being repaired. Under each vehicle, you’ll find the possible options that could be equipped for that vehicle and the events that require a calibration.
The RTS Portal is available free of charge to all I-CAR Gold Class® shops, I-CAR Platinum™ individuals, I-CAR volunteers and instructors, I-CAR members, professionals who train with I-CAR on a regular basis, and daily or yearly subscribers to the website.