NACE Automechanika, the largest U.S. trade show dedicated to high-end technical and management-related training for automotive service and collision repair shops, takes place July 26-29 at McCormick Place West in Chicago. Registration for the show is open now.
Education at the 2017 NACE Automechanika Chicago will focus on current topics and technologies that automotive professionals must understand and become proficient with to be successful, whether they are technicians, painters, welders, service managers or distributors.
Dedicated educator courses will enhance automotive instructors' skillsets, while current automotive students will be able to enhance their classroom learning by attending the show.
"The 2015 training event received tremendous reviews from our attendees and we knew it would be a challenge to improve on it," said Pete Meier, director of training for the UBM Automotive Group. "Today's technicians and shop owners want to know how to find the problems they are faced with effectively and how to repair them the first time around. They want to learn the latest technology and keep as much of the work as they can in-house while engaging in a highly competitive industry. The lineup of independent education and premiere corporate training programs that NACE Automechanika Chicago has assembled for this July's event is beyond that of any training program to date. This is the 'must attend' event for every student tech, working tech, shop owner, and educator in the industry."
A number of diagnostic courses will be taught, focusing on drivability concerns and electrical issues. These courses aim to improve technicians' abilities to use the proper tools to find and resolve issues with vehicles, not solely the symptoms a problem presents. Additionally, detailed looks at specific underhood systems, undercar best practices and strategies for brake, transmission and emissions service as well as managerial courses on leadership, shop management and revenue streams will be presented. Hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles will be discussed in a variety of courses, while collision repair professionals can learn about vehicle scanning, estimating, bonding practices and more.
"The training designed for auto body repair specialists is in line with the needs of today's collision repair shops," said Dan Risley, ASA president and executive director. "For example, pre- and post-repair scanning is a big discussion point in the industry right now, and we are pleased to offer specific courses instructing professionals on what they need to know and how to perform vehicle scans. And that's just one example. Repair and management courses are designed specifically for these shops and their employees with real-world examples and lessons that they can implement immediately upon returning to their shops."
What's more, all mechanical-related training, both technical and management-based, is offered for no cost to attendees when they register with a code from one of NACE Automechanika Chicago's many sponsors which include Automotive Training Institute, ATSG, CARQUEST Technical Institute, Federal-Mogul Motorparts, Mitchell 1 and the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium. Attendees who complete courses throughout the training event will receive certificates for continuing education credits and business training requirements. This offer is open to professionals employed by a repair or auto body shop, educators and students. Friday, July 28th, is designated as a unique training day for students. The 28th features automotive training programs, show floor programs and networking opportunities enabling students to learn more about their industry.
Additionally, the Business Outlook Conference offers information, insight and awareness of the economy, legislation, technology and their impact on the automotive industry and market. Scheduled for two half-day sessions, the conference offers a great opportunity for distributors to bolster their attendance at NACE Automechanika Chicago, showing dedication to their customers and beyond.
Other co-located events round out the slate of educational, interactive and enlightening offerings at NACE Automechanika Chicago. The annual MSO Symposium will take place July 26th at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, while the Advanced Technology & Diagnostic Repair Forum again will be offered. I-CAR training classes also will be part of the agenda for collision repair professionals to attend.
You can view a full list of training sessions, register for courses and receive a free expo pass at www.NACEAutomechanika.com. Additional courses and educational opportunities will be added to the July event in weeks leading up to the show.
NACE Automechanika attendees also will be able to experience the latest technology, test equipment and discover advanced applications with live, interactive demonstrations. For the 2017 event, the show calendar has been adjusted to offer flexible scheduling between training sessions, expo and conference hours.