Kishwaukee College in Malta, IL, received a number of products for use in its Collision Repair Technology (CRT) program from 3M Corp.
The college has an on-campus shop area that includes a paint bay, tool room, and welding facilities.
The CRT department at Kishwaukee College is NATEF-certified and has received recognition as an I-CAR Training Alliance Member. The Collision Repair Technology department has an up-to-date curriculum that combines theory and hands-on laboratory projects.
I-CAR is a widely respected industry conference on auto collision repair whose mission is to provide training to technicians and insurance adjusters to ensure high standards. NATEF is the organization responsible for certifying National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) program standards.
CRT students find jobs as apprentices, repair technicians, estimators, managers, paint technicians, insurance adjustors, and sales reps.
The field of Collision Repair Technology (CRT) is about more than sheet metal replacement and finishing. Collision Repair is experiencing tremendous technological change with modern unibody vehicles, on-board computers, power conveniences, air bags, and a variety of new plastic components. The Collision Repair technician must develop expertise in several areas to get today’s vehicles back on the road, including accurate body sectioning, welding, laser measuring, and the use of hydraulic pulling equipment. Each damaged vehicle is unique, providing the technician the rewards that come with using problem solving and artistry.
More than $800,000 in products were donated by 3M to programs and foundations like the one at Kishwaukee College nationwide this year.