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May 2, 2017
We are already at our May meeting. The year seems to be speeding by again. We met at the Country Tavern Barbecue at 6:30 PM. Chris Shepherd, our President and Collision Instructor with Caddo Career & Technology Center, called the meeting to order. Mark Monroe, Collision Instructor with Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning led us in prayer. Abigail Shepherd led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
SKILLS USA state level competitions were held here at our local CC&TC and BPSTIL campuses. We are proud of our local students that competed. We had most of the winners at our meeting. See the photos below. From the High School competition, the Winners from our area are Standrian "Scooter" Brown, that won the Bronze medal for Refinish. He attends Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning. Scooter will also be competing at the upcoming Nationals. For the Collision side, the Winners were Austin Skinner, Gold medalist, from Caddo Career & Technology Center. Dakota Williams won the Silver medal for Collision and attends the Caddo Career & Technology Center. Jonathan Fields won the Bronze for Collision and attends Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning. Jonathan wasn't at our meeting because he was at PT. He is a senior and has already signed up for the Marines. Congratulations to all the competitors and a special Thank You to Jonathan for serving our Country as a proud Marine!
At the Post-Secondary SKILLS state level competition, the Winners are Gabriel Robinson, Gold medalist for Collision Repair, Sa'Derious Jackson, Silver medalist for Refinish, and Tommorea Carter, Bronze medalist for Refinish. All three are students from the Northwest Louisiana Technical College. Congratulations to all the competitors. Terry Frisch, State Farm Insurance, and a judge that handled the Interview process, said that all the candidates were eager to work. We are sad to report that it is now official, they are discontinuing the Collision Repair Program at NWLTC.
Our guest speaker was Aron Kloesel with Aeromotive Services. Aron said that the reason the name is spelled that way because the owner was an airplane mechanic when he began the business. He wanted the same attention to detail and quality that is a must in the Airline Industry, to continue in his business. Aron is out of their Austin, Texas location. They handle electrical connections and wiring harnesses. There are repair limitations. No repair should ever occur within 6" of the connection. The reason is because that type of repair would affect the workability, appearance, limits the life-span, and increased resistance. Also, no more than 6 wires can be repaired in a bundle. The reasons for this is because it makes it difficult to stagger the repairs (must be staggered if repaired properly), and increase EMF (electro-magnetic field). When repairing specific wire circuit types, such as SRS, they have a wire replacement flat rate. If the OEM says not to repair, they won't do the repair. Their average cost for a complete wire harness remanufacture is less expensive than the OEM. Remanufacturing is less than OEM replacement, but be cautious when using LKQ. It may not be specific to the vehicle. An example would be that the LKQ ordered for the vehicle, but doesn't have the fog light connectors. Aron stated that if the Technician can get to both ends of the damaged wire, they can repair/replace that damaged wire. Part of their Quality Control when they get an order is 3D mapping, verify the OEM part # match, make a digital layout with both before and after videos. They offer a 12-month warranty with unlimited mileage, Technical Support, and equipment shipped next day air. Their service strategy is to provide fast, accurate quotes, most within 30 minutes. Match the part perfectly by confirming with you what your need is and when you need it. They have very accessible training which includes step-by-step videos, training webinars, and are working with I-CAR to assist with I-CAR's continuing education of the Collision Industry as it pertains to electrical connectors and wiring harnesses. Aron concluded by letting us know that Aeromotive Services also offers 3D printing capability. Sometimes wiring shrouds get damaged in the collision, but the wiring harness isn't damaged because the shroud did its job. However, the shroud is broken and the only way to get the shroud is by buying the wiring harness. Now, just contact Aeromotive Services and have an exact shroud 3D printed and shipped to you. The part must be within a 6" x 6" x 10" for their 3D printing. Thanks to Aron and Aeromotive Services for coming and speaking at our Northwest Louisiana Collision Repair Association meeting. The meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.
Aron kloesel, aeromotive services speaking at the nwlcra.
If you would like to volunteer to be a speaker, contact Bill Burnside with FinishMasters at (318) 208-3895. We have just a few openings for meeting topics and guest speakers for 2017.
Below are the pictures of the students that won medals at the 2017 SKILLS USA competition.
Standrian "scooter" brown with BPSTil Collision Instructor Mark Monroe.
Austin skinner with cc&tc Collision Instructor chris shepherd.
Gabriel Robinson with his Collision Instructor Chris Shepherd.
Sa'derious Jackson with his Collision Instructor Chris Shepherd.
Tommorea Carter with his Collision Instructor Chris Shepherd.
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