“This equipment package provides all the necessary tools to complete aluminum repairs to an industry standard,” said Shaun D. Hack, collision repair instructor. “This adds value to the collision repair technology, collision repair technician and automotive restoration technology majors by adding skill sets that will be desired by potential employers.”
He said the donation also proves the effectiveness of Penn College’s advisory panels, which are composed of professionals who meet regularly to make sure the college’s curricular portfolio and laboratory equipment stay current with industry needs.
Hack explained that Daniel L. Maloney Jr., national sales director for the California-based company and a member of the Collision Repair Advisory Committee, identified an opportunity to help and followed up with Erik J. Spitznagel, Dent Fix Equipment CEO, for the generous donation of the Aluspot Deluxe DF-900DX aluminum dent-repair station.
Maloney recently delivered the equipment to College Avenue Labs, providing first- and second-year students with hands-on instruction on its use. The repair station, which retails for about $8,000, comes equipped with all the specialized tools---heat and weld guns, brushes, pullers, hammers, chisels, etc.---required by a collision repair specialist working on aluminum panels.
In addition to use by Penn College students, the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies plans to highlight the equipment at vocational high school recruiting events, during which college faculty will demonstrate and expose students to aluminum repairs using the donated Dent Fix equipment, Hack said.