For 30 years running, Chief has sponsored the Collision Repair Technology (CRT) Championship at the SkillsUSA® National Leadership and Skills Conference. This year’s conference takes place June 20-24 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, KY.
“As the collision repair ‘level of difficulty’ grows along with the sophisticated advances OEMs are making in technology and materials, we as an industry need to look at how we can attract, train and maintain qualified technicians to repair innovative new vehicles,” says Richard Perry, OEM and strategic account sales manager for Chief. “SkillsUSA brings us the top high school and college students from around the country to compete for a national collision repair technology title. I invite anyone in the industry to come and see what our future looks like. I know they will be impressed.”
Chief will provide two different measuring and pulling systems for the contest. A collision-damaged truck will be measured on a Chief Impulse®- E/VHT frame rack using the Chief UMS “Universal Mechanical System.” A damaged unibody car will be held on a Globaljig presented by Chief bench and measured with a Chief LaserLock™ LiveMapping™ computerized measuring system.
SkillsUSA committee members and judges are all volunteers that take a week out of their schedules each year to support the largest gathering of vocational students in North America. Volunteers include Perry; Ken Boylan, Chief University global training manager; Mike Croker, Chief Central/Northeast sales manager; Bob Keith of CARSTAR; Quinn Machan of Pompano Ford; John Ressler and Tom Beachem of Nationwide Insurance; and chairman Ken Soupene of Collision Train, who was a senior Chief University instructor for many years.
The winning college and high school CRT Champion students each will receive a free registration for any upcoming Chief University course, a $985 value. Chief training has been certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for compliance with the Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE) Standards. Most Chief University classes are approved for I-CAR credit hours through the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance® program.
To learn more about the full line of collision repair equipment available from Chief, visit www.chiefautomotive.com, contact your local Chief distributor or call (800) 445-9262. Chief is also active on Twitter, www.twitter.com/ChiefAutomotive and Facebook, www.facebook.com/ChiefAutomotive. For video, visit www.chiefautomotive.com/video-library