Monday, 12 January 2015 00:00

State of the Art Collision Repair Community College to Open in NC

On Wednesday, Feb. 4, top executives from the collision repair, tool and equipment manufacturing and auto insurance industries will gather to celebrate the opening of  Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina. This community college strives to bring collision repair in line with manufacturing that increasingly relies on aluminum, high-strength steel, composites, carbon fiber and advanced computer engineering.

Over the next several years, up to 180,000 collision repair jobs will be available nationwide. The two year curriculum gears graduates with technical training in non-structural cosmetic repairs, aluminum and steel welding, state-of-the-art refinish procedures, and a new focus on body shop and insurance operations. 

While tuition is only $5,500, every graduate leaves the program with $10,000 worth of training and certification, plus guaranteed employment. Wages for job ready graduates typically start at $40,000 and with several years’ experience can quickly grow to a six-figure salary.

FTCC is also an educational partner with Fort Bragg and its 60,000 base personnel. This program is providing an important avenue for troops transitioning from active duty to civilian careers. Sixty percent of currently enrolled students are veterans or members of the National Guard.

New semesters begin and end every eight weeks, offering a flexible course schedule that is ideal for nontraditional students.

The curriculum is driven by I-CAR (the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair and recognized leader in collision repair training), with support of major manufacturers and tool and equipment companies (PPG, 3M, ProSpot, LKQ, Car-o-Liner, to name a few), collision repair chains (Gerber, Caliber, ABRA and Van Tuyl Group), and insurance companies (Nationwide, Allstate, GEICO and State Farm).  

National executives from all partners will be present at the Grand Opening on February 4, for a first look at the 25,000 square collision center.  

Grand opening demonstrations will include:

  • New F-150 in Aluminum room with an immersion separator wet vacuum with water filtration system for explosive metals.
  • BMW i3 or Corvette Z06 representing carbon fiber
  • Honda/Acura uniside for a demo of MIG brazing, a new for the repair of modern boron steel automotive panels
  • Unitized structure (all sheet metal removed) on frame machine for measuring and presentation regarding squeeze type resistance spot welding
  • Vehicle set up on the Car-O-Liner Jig system, to demonstrate the state-of-the-art measuring ] system 
  • Paint spray booths (with water for demo) demonstrating latest water-borne refinish techniques and equipment
  • Tablet estimating/manufacturer procedures
  • Astech Scan tool to demonstrate the multiple on-board computer modules that control specific systems. 
  • Vacuum sanding demonstration
  • Sun Gun paint matching demo  to demonstrate color corrective paint match and mixing system.

To attend the Grand Opening, kindly reply to margeeherring@gmail.com or call 910-233-2466.

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