Heavy Equipment Estimating


Course information
Price

$1695.00

Duration

5 days: 8:30-4:30

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October 26 – 30, 2020

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This intermediate level 5 day course will provide the foundation for preparing quality estimates on damaged Heavy Equipment including bulldozers, backhoes, cranes, dump trucks, forklifts and graders.

Students should be well versed in auto estimate writing skills or have taken Vale’s Auto Estimatics Course.

Note: For site visits, students will be provided hardhats, safety vests and glasses. Students should bring and will be required to wear steel toed shoes/boots.

Designed for:

  • Experienced Adjusters
  • Experienced Examiners /Appraisers
  • Mechanics / Technicians
  • Site Managers

Course Overview:

DAY ONE: Heavy Equipment Types, Nomenclature, Damage Analysis, Vehicle construction and Repair processes, Flat Rate Manuals, Estimating Systems. Vehicle Inspection/Identification. Damage Analysis, Scoping Sequence, Refinish Procedures. Practice Estimate.

DAY TWO: Quiz #1 Repair vs Replace Panels/Hoods /Grilles /Cabs/Glass/Buckets. Frames and Inner Structure. Types of Buckets. Interior Components. OEM and LKQ Assemblies. HE Dealership shop visit. Write damaged Panel and Cab estimates.

DAY THREE: Quiz #2 Wheels/Tires/Tracks, Front and Rear Axles, Suspension, Steering, Alignment, Air Systems, Brakes, Cooling Systems, Mechanical Systems, Engine parts and accessories. Transmissions, Drive Line, Components, Fuel Systems. 

DAY FOUR: Quiz #3 Heavy Equipment Identification/Construction. Bulldozer- Identifying types and parts. Backhoe-Identifying types. 360 degree Cabs/Components/Types and Construction. Hydraulics and Pneumatics. Contamination issues. Earth Movers-Cranes and Graders identification, Interior/Parts/Life-Cycle cost Analysis repair vs replace. Visit Heavy Equipment Shop.

DAY FIVE: Review/Grade 4 estimates: Cab, Mechanicals, Tracks, Buckets. Written Final Examination. Total Losses/Resources, Evaluation guides, Heavy Equipment locators. Salvage Pools, Bids/Auctions. Selling Salvage: Owner retention, Exchanges. Preview of Future Heavy Equipment Evolution. Final Exam.

Questions?
For more information, contact Vale Training at 817-633-4800.

Electric & Hybrid Vehicles Estimatics


Course overview:
Course information
Price

$795.00

Duration

2 days

Click on a date below to register for an upcoming virtual course:

December 14-15, 2020

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The course is designed for the student that is well versed in writing estimates and wants an edge and insight into the quickly emerging Hybrid and Electric vehicle market that is approaching worldwide.

Our hands-on approach uses cutaways, visual aids and a rare inventory of late model Hybrid and Electric vehicles. This enables the student to generate damage estimates on these Hybrid and Electric vehicles and understand the safety and knowledge needed to write and repair these vehicles. This two day course will review the drivetrain options, ever changing battery technology, and various types of vehicles including EV conversion market which will have special estimating techniques and ACV considerations.

Emphasis is given to new generation vehicles and the new products, materials, and accessories being manufactured today.

After successfully completing this course, the student will have the skills and knowledge to prepare a complete and accurate electronic estimate using automated system data as well as a practical repair technique to estimate these vehicles as they come forward. In addition student will be introduced to the latest EV publications and increasing EV companies.

Continuing Education Units:

This course may be available for Continuing Education credits, please contact Vale for details.

Audience:

This two-day course is designed for those in the insurance and collision repair industries that will use an automated estimating program to produce damage estimates on Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. This course is offered for the student with moderate experience who will be generating thorough and accurate automated estimates from minor to complex collision and comprehensive damages. 
Vale is an authorized trainer for Audatex, CCC ONE, and Mitchell UltraMate programs. 
Students attending this course will be trained on structural damage documentation and calculations.

 PreReqs:

Attendees must be capable of operating Windows-based programs. Due to the limited software information on these new vehicles a review of the estimating software and information will be used as it comes available. No actual estimating software selection is needed at the time of Registration.

Syllabus:

Vehicle Identification: What To Look For and Where
Vehicle Safety: What to know, tools and safety procedures.
Damage Estimating Resources: Automated Estimating Programs Procedures, Parts, Allowances Estimating Procedures, Sequence Late model vehicle and companies. 
Component Repair: Industry Repair Standards Metal, aluminum and Plastic Repairs/Replace Formula 
Refinishing: Types and Procedures 
Structural Realignment: Unibody, Conventional, Aluminum  and Space Frames
Inner Structure: Components, Repair Procedures as they come available.
Passenger Restraint Systems: Air Bags, Seat Belts 
Interior Parts: Seats, Dash 
Alternative Parts: Sources
Storm Damages: Water, Flood, and Hail 
Estimating Exercises: Demonstrate Skills on Front, Side and Rear Impacts 
Total Losses: What to Look For
Next Generation Vehicles and Car Companies: Hybrid Cars and Electric Vehicles 
This course uses the latest versions of: Audatex™, CCC ONE™, and Mitchell UltraMate™.

 

Auto Examiner

Course information
Price

$1,995.00

Duration

1 week

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October 5 – 9, 2020
November 2 – 6, 2020
November 30-December 11, 2020

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Presentation combines classroom lecture, visual aids, and hands-on exercises. This program is performance-based; students perform practice estimates on each section of the vehicle (front, side, and rear impacts on outer body components). Each practice estimate is reviewed by the instructor at the vehicle, culminating in a graded test estimate.

Pre-written estimates are reviewed for content and accuracy.

Graduates of this program will be able to perform damage estimates on outer body panels of cars, light trucks, vans and SUV’s, and recognize signs of structural misalignment and damage to the most commonly damaged mechanical systems. Those charged with reviewing pre-written estimates from a remote location will gain tremendous effectiveness through hands on identification of vehicle parts and systems, and experiencing the estimating process. This includes engine and suspension system, component repair, structural realignment, vehicle identification, and basic estimating information.

Students learn how to calculate sheet metal and aluminum repair time.

Continuing Education Units:

This course may be available for Continuing Education credits, please contact Vale for details.

 

Tractor Trailer Estimatics

Course information
Price

$1,695.00

Duration

5 days

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October 26 – 30, 2020

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This 5 day course includes collision repair, paint, DEF systems and the latest information on hybrid and electric semi trucks.

This course begins with an emphasis on tractors, nomenclature, estimating guides, suspensions, cab and body construction, frames, fifth wheels, diesel engines and wear items. The course covers the construction and design of trailers.  Also emphasized are frames, sub-frames and panel repairs, mechanical, electrical and refrigeration trailer applications.

Students spend half a day in class and the other half at at a semi truck shop. Transportation is provided to and from truck shops where students see actual truck repairs as they write estimates on actual damaged semi trucks.

Computers equipped with truck estimating software will be used throughout the course to generate estimates.

Continuing Education Units:

This course may be available for Continuing Education credits, please contact Vale for details.

 

PDR Tech Certification

Course information
Price

$895.00

Duration

1/2 day

By appointment


Certification testing is available during the dates listed, or by appointment. Please contact Vale Training Solutions to schedule your appointment, 1-800-860-2230.

Continuing Education Units:  N/A

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can I find additional PDR training?

Please contact National Alliance for Paintless Dent Repair Technicians (NAPDRT) at www.napdrt.org or PDR Nation at www.pdrnation.com .

Do I need to bring lights?

Tools and lighting will not be supplied. Technician should bring the necessary tools, lighting (with power converter if needed), buffer, sanding blocks, etc. In short, the technician should prepare as if going to a storm site. AC power sources are supplied.

How many levels can I test for per test date?

You may only test for one level per test date.

What types of panels will we be tested on?

Participants will be tested on late-model domestic hoods, deck lids and doors mounted to fixed stands. Aluminum panels may be of imported manufacture.

What if I fail to pass a level?

Should any part of the testing in the Craftsman or Master Craftsman category not be completed to a satisfactory level, the candidate may apply the passed segments of that testing to one lower proficiency level rating, provided all the criteria of that second (lower) level are satisfied. Example: Candidate passes first two criteria of the Craftsman level but fails the third criteria will qualify for Journeyman status with no more testing. Failing one test segment, a candidate testing for Master Craftsman level may apply successful test segments to Craftsman level, and complete the test to satisfy Craftsman level criteria. You may drop down one time only. Should any part of the second (lower) tier of testing result in a no-pass, a certificate will not be awarded.

Where is the testing conducted?

Vale Training Solutions, 2424 E Randol Mill Road, Arlington, Texas 76011

When are PDR Test dates scheduled?

Dates are scheduled on an as needed basis – please call 800-860-2230 to arrange for a test date.

What levels of testing are there?

Journeyman, Craftsman, Master Craftsman

What type of certification will be presented if successfully completed?

Successful participants will be awarded a certificate and wallet sized I. D. card reflecting the level of demonstrated proficiency. Your name and certification number will be listed on the Vale website with your permission.

When can I test for the next level?

Candidates wishing to return for testing to upgrade their status to a higher level may do so on the next available test program date at Vale Training Solutions in Arlington, Texas.

Is there a class limit?

5 per session

What tools do I need to bring?

You should prepare as if going to a storm site. AC power sources are supplied.

Will there be buffing?

Yes

Auto Estimatics®


Course information
Price

$2,995.00

Duration

2 weeks

Click on a date below to register for an upcoming virtual course:

October 5 – 16, 2020
November 2 – 13, 2020
November 30-December 11, 2020

Future virtual course dates (check back for open registration):


The course content follows the Estimatics® Course Syllabus using electronic estimating systems to practice assigned estimates following topics covered in class.

Our hands-on approach uses cutaways, visual aids and a large inventory of late model damaged vehicles. This enables the student to generate damage estimates beginning on the first day of class. Progressing in difficulty, each estimate is reviewed and discussed. More complex front, side and rear impact estimates are graded so the student learns a variety of realistic estimating skills.

Emphasis is given to new generation vehicles and the new products, materials, and accessories being manufactured today.

After successfully completing this course, the student will have the skills and knowledge to prepare a complete and accurate electronic estimate using automated system data as well as practical repair formulas and structural analysis methods.

Continuing Education Units:

This course may be available for Continuing Education credits, please contact Vale for details.

Audience:

This two-week course is designed for those in the insurance and collision repair industries that will use an automated estimating program to produce damage estimates. This course is offered for the student with limited experience who will be generating thorough and accurate automated estimates from minor to complex collision and comprehensive damages. 
Vale is an authorized trainer for Audatex, CCC ONE, and Mitchell UltraMate programs. 
Students attending this course will be trained in the STAR 2000 Program used for structural damage documentation and calculations.

 PreReqs:

Attendees must be capable of operating Windows-based programs. Sponsors will need to indicate estimating software selection at the time of Registration.

Syllabus:

Vehicle Identification What To Look For and Where 
Damage Estimating Resources Automated Estimating Programs Procedures, Parts, Allowances Estimating Procedures, Sequence Early Models 
Component Repair Industry Repair Standards Metal and Plastic Repairs Repair/Replace Formula 
Refinishing Types and Procedures 
Structural Realignment Unibody and Conventional Frames STAR 2000 Program Structural Aluminum 
Inner Structure Components, Repair Procedures 
Passenger Restraint Systems Air Bags, Seat Belts 
Interior Parts Seats, Dash 
Alternative Parts Sources and Uses
Storm Damages Water, Flood, and Hail 
Estimating Exercises Demonstrate Skills on Front, Side and Rear Impacts 
Total Losses What to Look For
New Generation Vehicles Hybrid Cars Fiber Optics Electronics 
This course uses the latest versions of: Audatex™, CCC ONE™, and Mitchell UltraMate™.