SkillsUSA Automotive Repair Technolgoy Competition Receives Upgrade

SkillsUSA Automotive Repair Technolgoy Competition Receives Upgrade


joining me now is Park Alby from 3m who’s been a longtime supporter SkillsUSA mark and you’re here again this year really appreciate all you do a lot of fun to me it’s a great way for me and and 3m company to get back to the industry has been really really tremendous toffs well they’re happy to be really appreciate you’re welcome for now I understand you have a new methodology issued using the plastic up there yeah one of the things that we felt like we needed to do is bring vacuum assist and our friends from Euro back really helped us out and now you can see the all the vacuum assisted system the other thing we really felt like we wanted to try to impress upon the industry is more organization and so we used a lean methodology that Toyota brought up called 5s and you can see all the different fixtures and collateral things so everything that and a contestant is going to need to make these repairs mom it’s all right here for them within reach they don’t have to be looking around walking around everything from stem to stern is right here form and it really has made it easy for them to do the repairs it’s helped us from you know this type of methodology helps control cost so they’re using a little less product than they use in the past so it’s been very good for us I noticed that this from a safety standpoint if I’m I’m into safety now always have to but the amazing gyro vac system here is I mean I haven’t seen it a speck of dust anywhere around I’m anxious to make it is amazing it you know you also notice it’s a lot quieter you know with the vacuum systems we don’t hear the humming of the da’s and in the past we have 20 DA’s running over and refinishing 40 over here and in collision it was noisy right you know kind of deal so we’ve taken some time to again it’s made a quieter and it’s made it a whole lot a nicer cleaner for these four have just talked about these bumpers sugar get a bumper over here real quick I want to show everybody what the students have to do with these bumpers the bumper cover they get is split in half one student doesn’t one side one student up the other side and it has to cut the whole way through they have to do a a repair on the bottom repair on top correct front side and back side side back side then they have to do a tab repair which they have to put on with adhesive and sand it down and make it work just right so talk a little bit about these bumpers first of all who done I eat about it well you know it’s we’ve got a really great partner in General Motors they’ve been extremely generous for for as long as I can remember they’ve always been 11 years I’ve been involved they’ve always supplied us to something and I’d like to really thank them they’ve done a tremendous job in making these things available we as you can see each bumper is exactly the same so we can create a contest out of it and they have just been a fabulous fabulous partner how crucial is that to have a student that has a bumper that’s the same student for student exactly we’re trying to set a contest here you know we start giving them different bumpers in this way we’re able to create an all really consistent repair a consistent damage and allow it again so now we’re just testing your skills we’re not having him go well I’m working on a harder bumper and then he’s working on or she’s working on straight some consistency tell us why it’s important that a student knows how to fix plastic boy great question you know I we’re a big company at the OEM level we see more and more plastics getting there they’re actually getting a little more expensive I mean there’s someone out there that you know literally the whole back end of a car is plastic or the throw a whole front end they’re ranging from maybe as low as $200 upwards of thousands a thousand dollars they’re patient what kind of opportunity is this create for a student is graduating that can specialize in classes in there it’s really it’s me this is one of the things I really try to stress with the contestants here because you know like hole in a lot of shops and groove a lot of guy and guys and gals in our industry with an amp gray hair I like my own and they don’t want to repair Plastics they’ve done them in the past they’ve had troubles with them they just like just give me a ream and it doesn’t control the severity of that repair the really good shops are starting to recognize this as an opportunity for profitability and a student when they walk in if they had this on the resume and we’re even just pretty good at it they could create a really nice job I really get concerned sometimes these young people going to the shop and they get tested and the owners they put them on determined doors with sweeping floors and not doing things that really add to the business they get bored and they they’re not engaging that this month I’ll leave the industry altogether so this gives them an opportunity to contribute to a lot of cars I have some customers that are repairing upwards of 7 out of 10 damaged bunkers that are coming in there and and again I only challenge old guys that are out there I owe students that SkillsUSA that do really really good for that they can do it guess what you can do it come on you know so I just want to thank you and 3m as user for preparing these kids for the industry and the industry really needs people who can fix plastic and just give for the world so mark thanks so much for your time in 3m and not to forget you are back in GM for the bumpers Thank You Bobby appreciate it


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