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CDAT Heavy Truck Estimating

Hours: 40.00 | Estimated Cost: $1,325.00

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 five-day seminar focuses 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. Communication between insurance appraisers and repair shops is difficult without understanding vehicle design, nomenclature, repair and parts options. New for 2018: laptops added with TruckWriter software, we will write and critique estimates. Get up to speed, we WILL over-deliver expectations for this seminar!


Additional Information

Learn About
  • Vehicle construction
  • Mechanical systems
  • Nomenclature
  • Different cosmetic panel identification and repair
  • Steering and suspension alignment and component analysis
  • Loss-of-use factors
  • Trailer construction and repair
  • Frame repair
  • Contamination issues
Benefits & Outcomes
  • Decrease overall repair cycle time, increase customer satisfaction and valid total loss decisions
  • Understand vehicle design, nomenclature, repair and parts options for effective communication between appraisers and repair shops
Training Outline

**Vehicle configurations:**

1. Understand different designs of trucks

2. Determine options

**Frame:**

1. Identify the types of frame damage

2. Identify cause of frame damage

3. Determine if damage has occurred

**Valuation:**

1. Determine loss-of-use cost related to repair cycle time

2. Vehicle valuation

**Brakes:**

1. Identify brake system components

2. Assess damage

3. Identify replacement criteria

4. Identify differences between air and hydraulic brake systems

5. Describe DOT out of service criteria

**Driveline:**

1. Identify Driveline components

2. Determine damage to transmission, driveshaft, axles, and hubs.

3. Identify common collision damage

**Engine and Accessories:**

1. Identify components

2. Assess damage

3. Replacement criteria

**Suspension:**

1. Identify components and their purpose

2. Identify the need for replacement

3. Determine correct repair methods

4. Determine the need for an alignment

5. Identify alignment angles

**Steering:**

1. Determine the 3 types of suspension

2. Identify methods to inspect for damage

3. Identify worn bushings from accident damage

**Contamination:**

1. Ascertain system contamination criteria

2. Describe how contamination effects component life

3. Follow OEM guidelines when assessing flood damage

**Trailer:**

1. Understand structure damage

2. describe trailer alignment angles

3. Inspect for water damage

4. Identify components

**Failure Analysis:**

1. Analyze component failure

2. Interpret failure caused by fatigue

3. Interpret failure caused by accident

4. Interpret failure caused by shock load / fatigue

5. Interpret failure caused by contamination

**Cosmetic repair:**

1. Identify and understand material

2. Understand repair methodology

**Estimating logic:**

1. Use estimating software

2. P-Page logic

Business and Industry Services

Fox Valley Technical College
Business & Industry Services (BIS)
D. J. Bordini Center
5 N. Systems Drive
Appleton, WI 54914-1655

bi.services@fvtc.edu
www.fvtc.edu/bis
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P: 888-458-0449
P: 920-735-2525
F: 920-735-4771


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