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Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

Chief University Introduces Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology Course

Chief University, the training arm of Chief Automotive Technologies and Elektron, introduced Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology. This one-day class covers aluminum forming methods and metal characteristics, as well as damage analysis, repair decisions and techniques for working with vehicle components made of aluminum. This course is designed specifically for insurance professionals and technicians who want to broaden their understanding of vehicles made with aluminum, and techniques for repairing these vehicles. A two-day aluminum welding course is in development.

“At Chief University, we are continuously updating our course offerings to help collision repair technicians and insurance professionals keep up with the vehicle structural changes that are taking place at an increasingly rapid rate,” says Ken Boylan, global training manager. “With the launch of the aluminum-intensive Ford F-150 pickup truck and announcements from other OEMs that they will be using more aluminum in their new vehicles, it is important that industry professionals understand how to properly analyze and repair vehicles that include aluminum components.”

The fee for Chief University’s Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology course is $325, which includes a workbook and certificate of completion. The class is led by Chief University instructors, and includes both classroom and hands-training.

The course will be offered regularly across the United States in 2015. Classes currently scheduled for the first half of 2015 are listed below. For a complete, up-to-date schedule, visit

Date    Location       
Jan. 22, 2015    Irvine, Calif.       
Feb. 20, 2015    Charlottesville, Va.       
April 16, 2015    Greenville, S.C.       
April 17, 2015    Greenville, S.C.       
April 24, 2015    Mesa, Ariz.       
May 14, 2015    Birmingham, Ala.       
May 15, 2015    Birmingham, Ala.       
May 21, 2015    Irvine, Calif.       
June 19, 2015    Mountlake Terrace, Wash.    

Chief University offers courses for collision repair technicians, estimators and insurance appraisers. Most are approved for I-CAR credit hours through the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance® program. Chief training also has been certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) for compliance with the Continuing Automotive Service Education (CASE) Standards.

More than 25,000 technicians and 15,000 estimators have attended Chief University courses across North America over the last three decades.

For more information about Chief University, including a schedule of upcoming classes, visit  or call (800) 445-9262. Chief is active on Twitter,, Facebook, and YouTube

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