With the confirmation that the 2015 Ford F-150 would be moving to an all-aluminum body, speculation ran rampant on the ripple effects that would be felt throughout multiple industries in doing the largest-scale implementation of aluminum the automotive industry has ever seen. Among the sectors that will potentially experience the biggest change is the collision repair industry. Although no trucks are officially in the hands of consumers yet, as the best-selling vehicle in the U.S., statistically, the new Ford F-150 will inevitably be involved in some fender-benders when it hits the road.
To help prepare the collision repair industry for that eventuality, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, better known by its acronym I-CAR, is working with Ford Motor Company to train and certify repair technicians on the recommended and best practices in performing repairs on the new truck, according to Automotive News. Ford will pay for one technician per dealership to attend the training sessions. Dealerships will have to pay for training for additional technicians. I-CAR is reportedly training and mobilizing at least 200 instructors to facilitate the training.
The timing for the training rollout is unusual for the organization, which has traditionally done training sessions after a vehicle has gone on sale, but the sheer projected sales volume of the F-150 necessitated planning and deployment of the training before the truck hit the roads in large volumes.
Source: Automotive News (subscription required)