On June 12, AkzoNobel conducted a three-day Sikkens Autowave training seminar at Contra Costa College (CCC) in San Pablo, CA.
Eight second-year students and two fledging painters from local shops completed the training program at Contra Costa College's Automotive Collision Repair Technology School.
Technical Instructor Chris Harsh traveled from the AkzoNobel Training Center in Orange, CA, to conduct the classes and was delighted to be able to impart invaluable information to the CCC students.
“I worked with the CCC students for a total of 24 hours over three days, so that we could dig a little deeper into all of the important topics. It was a combination of hands-on and classroom instruction. Every student received an AkzoNobel Sikkens Autowave certification upon completion.”
First, on day one, we covered basics and fundamentals, where new products and techniques were discussed. On day two, we dealt with spot repairs as well as spraying strategies and on day three, the students learned about things such as color matching using AkzoNobel’s Automatchic Vision digital system that enables shops to precisely measure and match the existing color on any area of a vehicle. They were also introduced to the AkzoNobel Automatchic Smart Search color retrieval software that provides the optimum matching color formula.
“One of the primary goals of this training is to inspire the students, because this is a great industry that can provide careers that are both financially and personally rewarding,” Harsh said. “I could tell that these young people were excited and engaged throughout the entire training, which makes it so satisfying.”
Akim Henderson is not a CCC student but he was invited to attend the workshop. He is already working for a local body shop; however, he wants to constantly refine his skills and attain as much knowledge as he can. Henderson was a high school football star and many felt he was headed to the NFL until he was shot in the chest during a drive-by. After working several years as a teacher’s aide, he decided to enter the collision repair industry for better pay and year-round work.