The Inter-Industry Collision Repair Automobile (I-CAR) Conference has announced the creation of a new optional ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) career path for collision repair professionals. The creation of the ADAS Technician role has been in development since 2019, involving critical inputs across all industry segments, I-CAR explains.
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“This new optional ADAS Technician role represents an incredible win to move the collision repair industry forward amid today’s ‘tsunami’ of highly complex vehicle repairs and is calibrated with the technical leadership strategic response I-CAR’s ADAS,” explained John Van Alstyne, CEO of I-CAR. & President.
“As with all of I-CAR’s educational programs, we followed an intentionally robust and thorough R&D process, gathering as much input as possible from all facets of the industry – from the workshop/technicians to our networks. OEM and Assurance, to I- CAR’s vast bench of technical experts as well as the members of our Product Development Advisory Board – which is why we couldn’t be more proud of the result of this critical effort and incredibly collaborative,” added Van Alstyne.
“The new role is a direct response to the industry’s growing need for one of the most dynamic and technically demanding repair considerations in repair shops across nations today – and that is repairs ADAS,” said Jeff Peevy, technical vice president of I-CAR. products, programs and services.
“The need for ADAS-specific technical skills and knowledge cannot be overstated and aligns with the explosive growth of highly sophisticated ADAS-equipped vehicles on the roads today, only deepening the will of professionals of collision repair to be fully prepared to perform complete, safe and quality repair operations on behalf of the consumer,” added Peevy.
While currently an optional role to gain Gold Class recognition, individuals pursuing this career path will contribute to accurate system diagnostics, repairs and calibrations in addition to potentially creating a new source of revenue for stores that can capture more value by repairing ADAS-equipped vehicles, Peevy explained. For a technician, it is a career path that leads to Platinum status at the end of ProLevel 3.
Requirements for the optional ADAS role will include the new I-CAR cornerstone, which will be released; a two-day ADAS Hands-On Skills Development (HOSD) course that approaches the final stages of development. This instructor-led course will be released in 2022 and will be taught by I-CAR experts at the new Chicago Technical Center, which is dedicated to the latest technologies impacting collision repair, I-CAR said.
I-CAR offers two ADAS course packages at a reduced rate. Each course package includes three ADAS-focused online courses designed to prepare collision repair professionals working with ADAS-equipped vehicles. For ADAS courses, terms and definitions, news and more, visit i-car.com/adas