As reported in Repairer Driven News, a survey conducted by the ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC) has found that 63% of collision techs felt that they needed more training in collision structural repair. Despite this want for training, 18% of responders said they had not received any training in the last calendar year. Those surveyed consisted of 3,343 automotive repair technicians, shop managers, and instructors.
“So many manufacturers are coming in with aluminum and hybrid construction,” says Matt Shepanekhe, ASE Credential Testing Programs Vice President. “Aluminum used to be used in higher-end cars, sports cars, European cars — things like that — but in the past 10 years, we’ve seen more manufacturers using aluminum so that’s kind of brought it to the mass market. I believe what you’re seeing is that people are realizing that and there’s other manufacturers going into it and the industry is saying, ‘Hey, we need some help here.’”
Other findings from the survey included the following:
- 59.3% wanted more structural repair training for hybrid and electric vehicles
- Training is undervalued in the repair industry, as 37% of respondents said, despite desire for more training, they had only had 1 day or less of training in the last year
- 44% of those surveyed said they did not have access to the training they would prefer.
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