The NACE Automechanika Commitment to Training completed its third one-day training event of 2016 in mid-November, with a record turnout that brought the total number of automotive professionals trained this year to more than 370.
The Commitment to Training program is the educational component of NACE Automechanika.
Commitment to Training one-day events were conducted at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wis.; and Joliet Junior College in Joliet, Ill.
Each event featured industry-leading trainers presenting classes for mechanical and collision professionals on a variety of technical and management topics. Each event was presented at no cost thanks to manufacturer support.
Instructors who trained at the Commitment to Training events and who will participate at NACE Automechanika Chicago include John Thornton, G. Jerry Truglia and Pete Meier. Other trainers at the Commitment to Training events this year were Mike Anderson, Charles Ayers, Jason Bartanen, Chris Chesney, Jerry Goodson, Greg Marchand, Brad Mewes, Larry Montanez and Mel Schampers.
“We are thrilled that more than 370 professionals from around the country were able to make it to our one-day events and improve their skillsets,” said Pete Meier, technical editor and director of training for Motor Age and the UBM Americas Automotive Group. “Continued education is vitally important to the success of today’s automotive industry, and these professionals showed their dedication by giving up a Saturday to learn and study with the best.”
Many attendees of the one-day events also attended Automechanika Chicago 2015 and plan to attend NACE Automechanika Chicago 2017. The upcoming training event and trade show will take place July 26-29, 2017, at McCormick Place West in Chicago.
“I went to Automechanika Chicago and then heard about the Commitment to Training events. I came (to the Washtenaw and Fox Valley events) because with all of the new technology on vehicles, you have to get all of the information you can,” said Mike Felicioni, owner of Great Lakes Auto Body, Nunica, Mich. “And if it’s free, even better.”
The Commitment to Training includes live training with webinars, whitepapers, how-to videos and networking.