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Collision Damage Assessment Training (CDAT)

FVTC is a nationally recognized and ASE Certified CASE (Continuing Automotive Service Education) provider of auto material damage assessment and auto collision training. Customized training and seminars are provided by industry experts using instruction that emphasizes hands-on, practical application of skills. Training is conducted in our state-of-the-art facilities and includes the use of actual vehicles throughout the training experience. 

Explore our Collision Damage Assessment Training seminars below or contact our advisors today to discuss customized training that addresses the unique needs of your employees. 

Collision Damage Assessment Training for Estimators

New Technology for the Damage Appraiser

This program will provide the student with the tools to make informed decisions when assessing damage to modern vehicles. It will also provide a summary of many of the driver convenience systems, driver assistance systems, and added safety features, as well as an overview of the collision repair processes that each involves. 

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CDAT Intro to Estimating

The objective of this three-day seminar is to introduce appraisers and estimators to vehicle identification of components in relation to estimating manuals. P-Page study and estimating fundamentals, combined with actual estimate construction using computerized estimating systems are the building blocks for successful estimating.

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CDAT Non-Structural Repair Decisions

This five-day hands-on seminar is designed to assist collision appraisers and estimators in making replace or repair decisions. This training aids in the understanding of repair time and improves the ability to effectively communicate within the collision industry.

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CDAT Advanced Structural Repairs

Vehicle structures have been the focus of extreme change affecting repairability and repair logic. This three-day seminar incorporates OEM statements, procedures, repair/replace decisions, repair strategy and labor analytics to provide students with the information to write accurate repair estimates that reduce supplements.

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CDAT Problem Alignment

Interpreting alignment reports is critical in diagnosing alignment and handling problems for everyone involved in the repair process. By conclusion of this 16 hour seminar participants will be empowered to determine if damage extends into body and/or components and how to determine which components are damaged to eliminate unnecessary repairs. Handling and performance issues are addressed.

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CDAT Advanced Vehicle Systems Estimating

This three-day seminar links learning with hands-on repair for an interactive student experience that focuses on theft, contamination, flood and collision-related damage. This seminar gives appraisers and estimators the knowledge to accurately determine the cause of damage.

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CDAT Heavy Truck Estimating

Heavy truck equipment can be difficult to estimate for a number of reasons. Loss of use, parts availability, depreciation, options, customization packages and nomenclature differences are only some of the reasons. This one-week seminar will focus on Semi-Tractors, trailers, dump and other specialty hauling vehicles. Know what you are looking at and understand choices of repair to enable accurate estimate writing. FVTC has a fleet of diversely configured trucks to identify and estimate.

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Collision Damage Assessment Training for Repair Technicians

Introduction to Alignment Using Hunter® Alignment System

This two-day seminar is designed for alignment technicians and shop service writers working in shops using Hunter® Alignment Systems equipment. Hands-on application of information includes actual vehicle repair to reinforce concepts for a thorough understanding of steering and suspension alignment basics. Learn how to use Hunter equipment to its potential. Communicate effectively by understanding effects of common alignment problems and causes.

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Advanced Alignment Using Hunter® Alignment Systems

This seminar is designed for technicians working with Hunter Alignment Systems equipment: Problem alignments can be a major barrier in profit and customer satisfaction. Understanding causes of handling issues, tire wear, collision related problems will turn problem alignments to profit while maintaining highly satisfied customers. Make your Hunter system work for you, learn the advanced tools and procedures already at your fingertips. Hands-on application of information and vehicle repair will be included in the seminar.

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CDAT Advanced Structural Repairs

Vehicle structures have been the focus of extreme change affecting repairability and repair logic. This three-day seminar incorporates OEM statements, procedures, repair/replace decisions, repair strategy and labor analytics to provide students with the information to write accurate repair estimates that reduce supplements.

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CDAT Problem Alignment

Interpreting alignment reports is critical in diagnosing alignment and handling problems for everyone involved in the repair process. By conclusion of this 20 hour seminar participants will be empowered to determine if damage extends into body and/or components and how to determine which components are damaged to eliminate unnecessary repairs. Handling and performance issues are addressed.

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Additional Offerings

Drivability Diagnostics

The most challenging area of automobile and light truck repair is diagnosing drivability complaints. This two-day workshop will cover an overview of current power train management design and troubleshooting. Scan tools, lab scopes, exhaust gas analysis, fuel injection and ignition systems will all be covered in detail. A heavy emphasis on OBD II operation plus ASE L1 certification testing will be discussed.

You Will Learn About

  • How power trains are designed and how to troubleshoot them 

  • The use of scan tools and lab scopes to analyze exhaust gases and troubleshoot fuel injection and ignition systems

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who need the knowledge and skills to diagnose and fix vehicles with drivability problems.

Please contact Mel Schampers at 920-996-2914 for more information.

ASE Certification Test Preparation

This series of 4-hour sessions will review, refresh and update service technicians and journeymen in all nine ASE areas of certification with the intent of preparing the technician for upcoming test dates. Participants will receive an intensive 4-hour block of instruction both in the classroom and in the shop for each specific category.

You Will Learn About

  • About the ASE areas of certification you selected 

  • Applications of the classroom topics to vehicles in the FVTC shop

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who need the knowledge and skills in any of the nine ASE areas of certification.

Please contact Mel Schampers at 920-996-2914 for more information.

Automotive Service Writer Workshop

Making the change from a position where you diagnosed and repaired automobiles to a service writer of a department or service location can be challenging. This seminar helps automotive service writers improve their communication skills and knowledge through intensive class participation, role plays and discussion of case studies.

You Will Learn About

  • Supervisory roles and responsibilities 

  • Human resource policy and procedures 

  • Discipline and coaching skills 

  • Effective meeting and job instruction techniques 

  • Problem-solving techniques

Who Should Attend

  • Individuals who are currently in automotive leadership positions, or interested in moving into automotive leadership or management positions.

Please contact Mel Schampers at 920-996-2914 for more information.

 

Weld Qualification Prep Class

This three-hour seminar will focus on technician preparation and MIG welding performance as required for I-CAR WQT Certification. Students will already have received an I-CAR informational packet and are expected to have reviewed the information prior to class. Weld site safety, test requirements/parameters, and welding instruction will be covered in the classroom (1.0 hour), followed by two hours of hands-on application and practice in the welding lab. Students will inspect welds by completing destructive tests of welds completed during this session. 

Personal safety clothing, equipment, and hand tools outlined as a requirement for the WQT will be the responsibility of the student to supply and must be brought to class by the student.

Please contact Mel Schampers at 920-996-2914 for more information.

Collision Damage Assessment Training

Mel Schampers

920-996-2914
schamper@fvtc.edu  

Seminar Update

Looking for the five-day Analyzing and Estimating Structural Damage seminar? 

It has been replaced by the CDAT Advanced Structural Repairs and CDAT Problem Alignment seminars.