NACE Automechanika Puts Big Focus on Training

NACE Automechanika has been placing a strong emphasis on training, hosting hundreds of one-day collision and mechanical management and technical seminars. (Photo: Huw Evans)

The NACE Automechanika Commitment to Training completed its third one-day training event of 2016 in mid-November, with a record turnout that brought the total number of automotive professionals trained this year to more than 370.

The Commitment to Training program is the educational component of NACE Automechanika, dedicated to high-end technical and management-related training for automotive service and collision repair shops.

Commitment to Training one-day events were conducted at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis.; and Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill. Each event featured industry-leading trainers presenting classes for mechanical and collision professionals on a variety of technical and management topics. Each event was presented at no cost thanks to manufacturer support.

Instructors who trained at the Commitment to Training events and who will participate at NACE Automechanika Chicago include John Thornton, G. Jerry Truglia and Pete Meier. Other trainers at the Commitment to Training events this year were Mike Anderson, Charles Ayers, Jason Bartanen, Chris Chesney, Jerry Goodson, Greg Marchand, Brad Mewes, Larry Montanez and Mel Schampers.

The Commitment to Training events are one way NACE Automechanika continues its focus on bringing quality, in-demand training from top educators to the automotive service repair industry. Many attendees of the one-day events also attended Automechanika Chicago 2015 and plan to attend NACE Automechanika Chicago 2017. The upcoming training event and trade show will take place July 26-29, 2017, at McCormick Place West in Chicago.

Many of these sponsors will also be participating in the trade show. Because of the time and financial commitment often required to attend training events, NACE Automechanika has secured sponsorships from top companies to offset training costs for mechanical professionals.

Registration is open for NACE Automechanika Chicago, and training topics covered at NACE Automechanika 2017 range from analysis of fuel trim corrections for drivability to social media for shops. Courses offered reflect current trends as well as showcase new techniques and processes to make business more efficient.

“We are ecstatic about the Commitment to Training attendance and the positive feedback we have received thus far, stated NACE Automechanika Show Director, Bridget Ferris.  We look forward to complementing the high level training with an outstanding show floor presence in July through the expansion of our product categories, adding more special features and more networking opportunities.”

NACE Automechanika attendees will experience the latest technology, test equipment and discover advanced applications with live, interactive demonstrations. For the 2017 event, the show schedule has been adjusted to limit conflicts between exposition hours and training sessions.

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