Graphic: Sign up today for Skills USA Courses

In December and January, the Automotive Collision Repair department at Ranken Technical College will offer four free seminars for local students preparing for the SkillsUSA district competition.

These classes are designed specifically to familiarize the student with areas and skills that will be evaluated during the
Skills USA district competition. Classes are open to students that will be competing in the upcoming competition. We  require that all students are accompanied by their instructor.

Students may attend multiple classes. The classes will be held from 9:00a.m.- 12 noon, and a list of the classes is below.

Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from campus.

To sign up for the classes, please call Ranken instructor John Helterbrand at (314) 286-4889.

Sign up early, class sizes are limited!

12/09/2016 – Welding
This session will cover basics to complete a series of welds that must meet the 1- CAR welding qualification standards. The student will be shown basics of machine setup and tuning, the process to prepare the material to be welded, as well as explained the criteria that will be used to evaluate the completed projects. The student must bring his/her own welding helmet and safety glasses. It is also recommended that the student bring their own welding gloves and welding jacket or leathers if the student plans on performing welds in the class. Upon completion the students will be able to perform quality welds in the vertical position.

12/09/2016 and 1/13/2017- Refinishing
Theses session will cover the different areas that are evaluated in the collision refinishing competition. This will include understanding how to determine the correct steps in the paint preparation process leading into paint gun setup and usage. Various paint defects as well as the causes and procedures to avoid the problem will be explained. The Sikkens products that will be used in the competition will also be discussed so the student has an understanding of how these products work together. Students will be provided the necessary paint guns and respiratory safety equipment.

1/13/2017 – Structural Analysis and Measuring
This session will cover the use of tram gauge measuring and the use of specification sheets that are used in determining the amount and location of structural damage. Centerline gauge analysis and the documentation of damage on a frame simulator onto a damage analysis sheet will also be covered so that the student is able to recognize and diagram out different types of damage. Upon completion, the student will be able to explain these types of analysis equipment and procedures

1/20/2017- Estimating and Damage Analysis
This session will cover basic principles of writing a manual estimate. This will include using an estimating guide, looking up parts prices and distinguishing between part numbers, computing the labor times necessary to complete the repairs, and the mathematical calculations used including terms such as overlap and blend times. Upon completion. The student will be able to use a collision estimating guide to write a manual estimate.