Attendees examine as engine during the Automechanika event at WCC. (Photo by Lynn Monson)

Attendees examine an engine during the Automechanika event at WCC. (Photo by Lynn Monson)

 

Automechanika Chicago kicked off a series of regional one-day training sessions at an event in May at Washtenaw Community College. More than 115 auto technicians, mechanics and auto body repair specialists from the Great Lakes region, including Canada and the states of New Hampshire, Kentucky, Virginia and New Jersey, were on campus to learn about the rapidly changing technologies in vehicle maintenance and repair.

Automechanika Chicago and its organizers Messe Frankfurt and UBM Americas (formerly Advanstar Communications, Inc.) launched the training series in cooperation with leading technical and community colleges to help support automotive repair specialists. Industry sponsors are also supporting the training program.

“We’re very fortunate to have the involvement of leading companies in the service repair and collision repair market as we continue our on ongoing efforts to properly train shop owners, managers and technicians,” said Jim Savas, vice president of UBM Americas.

The training sessions, he said, feature instructors known for providing outstanding content that can help shops keep pace with changing technology. A second training event will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Winconsin.

By Susan Ferraro, APR
Director of Media Relations