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The knowledge you need to stay competitive.

Keep up with industry changes and feel confident using Chief equipment with help from our experienced instructors and support resources.

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E-Access Technical Support

Training

Learn to repair today’s vehicles—accurately and profitably.

The key to the future of the collision repair industry is understanding the complex structure of modern vehicles. Our training courses cover a wide range of topics to help collision repair professionals get to know the automotive structural changes taking place every year. In fact, Chief offers the most up-to-date structural measuring, analysis, and repair training in the world.

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Available Courses

Our courses have been taken by more than 32,000 technicians and 22,000 estimators and appraisers. We cover a range of topics, designed to help anyone at any stage of their career.

Choose from courses like:

  • Heavy Duty Truck Collision Repair
  • Welding Technologies For The Appraiser
  • Chief’s Joining Technologies Course
  • ADA Course (Aluminum Damage Analysis and Repair Technology)
  • Structural Damage Analysis
  • Advanced Frame Analysis
  • Advanced Steering & Suspension Analysis
  • Designed Based Repair
  • Computerized Measuring Training
  • Full Frame Analysis & Repair Planning
  • Unitized Body Analysis & Repair Planning

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Instructors

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Support

Extensive resources at your fingertips.

  • Chief customer support includes more than just answering questions about our products. Our online manuals and tech literature are available for download at any time. To gain access to our online resources and support, register your product or get product keys and complete the process of renewing your software. Then, you can unlock e-access.

Why should you set up e-access?

With e-access, your Chief tech support export can help you:

  • Walk technicians through problems
  • Debug a program
  • Demonstrate a solution or new process to increase productivity
  • Resolve most issues in half the time it would take to do on your own
  • Improve the quality of your repairs
  • Get vehicle specs online that are updated daily–no more CDs or phone calls looking for missing vehicle specs

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Unlike some other industry training programs, these courses require a great deal of thought and present new information. I, of course, take everything I learn back to my students so they have useful, real-world knowledge.

Randolph McGinty

(UTI) instructor , Universal Technical Institute

Meet our experienced instructors.

Gary Dreisbach

Gary is a veteran to the auto collision industry of over 40 years. He had been employed as a collision technician for over 20 years and worked as a shop manager. He has been affiliated with Chief Automotive since 1998 as a Training Facilitator. He has a passion for helping others on proper structural repair techniques and collision repair in general.  Gary believes that you can only fix what you know. There is only one way to repair vehicles and that is the right way the first time.
Gary is a certified Master Chief Instructor, I-Car Steel and Aluminum Instructor, AWS Certified Welder and an experienced Shop Management Consultant.

Ken Soupene

Ken brings vast experience and skill to the Education of the Student with over 40 years in the Collision Repair Industry. He is well known in the Industry for his Integrity and Professional Knowledge. Having witnessed Vehicle Manufactures constant change between Full Frame and Unibody and Advanced Frame material; He understands the need for current Information and Training for the Collision Repair Professional. Which, he delivers to the Student in a concise easy to understand manor.

Ken endeavors to give each student as much as he can of his knowledge honed from working as a Frame Technician and Front end alignment specialist in his Dads Frame and Alignment Shop and worked for several years as Frame, Body & Paint Technician before starting his career with Chief in mid 1980’s. Since, joining Chief he’s traveled the world and Trained Students in close to 20 Countries. Ken has spent over 20 years involved with “Skills USA” organization in the National Contests as a Structural Analysis Segment Leader and Committee member. He is a member of his local “I-CAR” Committee.

Sal Polizzi

Sal resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania with his family. He attended Thaddeus Stevens Technical College for collision repair and refinishing. During the time he worked at a Lincoln Mercury dealership in Lancaster where he did everything from sweeping up the shop, servicing the paint booths, shuttling customers home in the courtesy van and helping the paint and body technicians. Sal worked at several different shops over the years where he gained valuable experience. Sal attending his first Chief class in 2000. He was an instructor at a four-year comprehensive high school in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for ten years. Before coming to Chief, he was a production manager at a dealership in Harrisburg, Pa.

 

Sal has been with Chief since January and enjoy working with and teaching collision professionals throughout the country.

Ruben Castorena

Ruben joined Chief in October 2010 as a Research and Specification Technician in our Irvine, CA Measuring and Specification Center. Ruben was a valued member of our measuring and specification team and was promoted to Research and Specification Center supervisor in 2013. In July 2014, Ruben was promoted to Collision Training Facilitator were he joined the new team of Chief trainers who are extremely talented and knowledgeable automotive enthusiast. Prior to joining VSG, Ruben worked for Bristol Insurance for 12 years. Ruben worked in a variety of departments within the insurance company and was an automotive damage appraiser for 6 years. Ruben entered the Body Shop Managers program at Cerritos Community College in 2001. Ruben is I-CAR Platinum certified. Ruben also served in the U.S. Army Reserved as a Civil Affairs Specialist and Intelligence Analyst for 8 years.

Jeff Mathews

Jeff is based in Madison, IN and has been a Product Consultant, Customer Service Supervisor and trainer for Rotary Lift products for approximately 12 years. Jeff joined Chief Automotive Technologies and has been a valued Technical Consultant team member (Tech Support) since 2011. Jeff has also been a Technical Trainer for Chief Automotive, training distributors in how to properly repair and trouble shoot equipment. Jeff has a back ground where he grew up around the collision repair community.

Chief’s goal is to be the leader in the worldwide collision repair training by satisfying the needs of our students and industry with quality products and services at a fair price. At Chief Automotive Technologies® our goal is to DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME. We are committed to high quality standards, customer satisfaction, and continuous improvement in all training activities. At Chief, we actively involve our employees, industry experts, and customer partners in planning, implementing, and maintaining the best possible training processes.

How to buy Chief.

All of our products are sold through a network of qualified and knowledgeable distributors. Find your local dealer for help with pricing, installing, servicing and training on all of our equipment.

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