Single-Day Training Courses for Shops Start in May

Mar 10, 2016

The organizers of Automechanika Chicago have launched a series of single-day training programs in cooperation with leading technical colleges in select markets to help support automotive repair professionals in the service repair and collision repair markets. The free training programs will begin in May as part of a new commitment to training initiative supported by industry sponsors.

“We’re very fortunate to have the involvement of leading companies in the service repair and collision repair market as we continue our ongoing efforts to properly train shop owners, managers and technicians,” said Jim Savas, vice president of UBM Americas Automotive Group. “This program, in partnership with vocational colleges in Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin, will feature instructors known for providing outstanding content that can help shops keep pace with changing vehicle technology.”

The first scheduled training date is set for May 14 at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The second will be held Oct. 15, at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin. Each one-day event will feature breakfast and lunch for all attendees, as well as three-hour technical and management training classes in the morning and afternoon for collision repair and service repair audiences.

The commitment to training initiative is an opportunity for automotive professionals to, not only get trained on topics of their choice, but also share their passion for training by contributing their knowledge with likeminded professionals. Industry training opportunities, trends and challenges will be presented through weekly newsletters, whitepapers, eBooks, webinars and live events.

To register for the Live Training Event at Washtenaw Community College, visit or

Instructors scheduled for the Washtenaw event include:

-¢    Mike Anderson of will provide a keynote presentation to all attendees during breakfast, as well as his present two three-hour courses “Financial Best Practices” and his estimating course “Write it Right.”

-¢    Pete Meier, director of training for UBM Americas Automotive Group, will teach “Practical Electrical and Scope Techniques.”

-¢    G. Jerry Truglia, of ATTS and TST, will present “How to Diagnose P0420s and P0430s (Catalyst Below Threshold) DTCs” and “Critical Thinking Diagnostic Skills” for service repair technicians.

-¢    Brad Mewes, principal at Supplement, will offer shop managers “Business Sale/Succession Planning” advice in his session.

-¢    Larry Montanez, of P&L Consultants, a leading authority on welding and structural repair, will instruct two courses, “Advanced Materials, Metallurgy and Repairability” and “OEM Equipment Requirements, Repair Protocols and Procedures” for the collision audience.