The panel will include Shawn Hart, Audi collision repair training instructor and curriculum designer; Rick Miller, network consultant for Jaguar Land Rover; James Meyer, senior collision repair and refinish training instructor for Toyota, and Mike Kukavica, collision repair technology instructor for Porsche.
“The discussion will highlight the programs available to the industry, both at a technical level as well as an industry awareness level,” SCRS wrote in a news release Tuesday. “In-person trainers have a unique insight in the existing challenges our technical staff have as they enter the training room doors, and the skills they acquire after they leave. The conversation will address proficiency expectations, preparatory steps collision repair facilities can take in order to achieve better results with technicians, and In addition to exploring the technical staff training and testing processes, the discussion will also look at training targeted to raise awareness beyond the repair shop floor. The panel discussion will provide interactive opportunities for audience members to participate in the discussion.”
Besides learning about the training, this is a great opportunity to ask all four OEM experts some real “in the trenches” questions about how technicians should handle their increasingly complex vehicles.
The training session will be preceded by two other can’t-miss OEM events.
First, John Hughes, responsible for collision repair at FCA; Chris Tobie, Honda collision business specialist; Justin Miller, certified collision planner at Nissan; Eric Mendoza, training assistant manager for Toyota Collision Repair and Refinish; and moderator John Ellis of Ellis and Associates, will examine when and why you’d scan a customer’s car in “Restoring Vehicle Functionality through Electronic Technology and Diagnostics” from 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Part II of the discussion examines how you might scan a vehicle, with a panel made up of diagnostics tool manufacturers and I-CAR industry technical relations director Jason Bartanen. Bartanen and Ellis (again the moderator) will talk software and equipment with Chuck Olsen, operations executive director of AirPro; Bosch training manager Bob Pattengale; Collision Diagnostics Services CEO Doug Kelly; and Jason Gabrenas, national diagnostics trainer for Snap-On.
“The future of our collision repair industry is highly skilled professionals, working on highly sophisticated automobiles that require the industry to embrace the necessary investments in training and equipment; but also relies on informed business owners who understand how to define for themselves what a sustainable and successful business model to support that investment looks like,” SCRS wrote.
Featured image: The Society of Collision Repair Specialists has announced all three OEM Collision Repair Technology Summit panels for the 2016 Repairer Driven Education Series at the SEMA Shop. (Provided by SCRS)