Hoffman Estates, IL – September 5, 2019 – The Collision Repair Education Foundation announced that Chief Automotive Technologies has donated welders and a rivet gun to be awarded to the collision business whose team places in the top three at this month’s inaugural Top Tech Mentor/Mentee Competition. The donation is in addition to the cash prize pool for the event.
The goal of the competition, being held September 28, 2019 at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, Mo., is to recognize the performance of the next generation of collision technicians and their mentors on critical skills necessary to repair today’s high tech vehicles.
There is still time for teams to register for the competition. More information and online registration is available at:
The first-place team will receive a Chief PNP90 riveting tool valued at $8000. The PNP90 is a pneumatic-hydraulic system for riveting and pressing out self-piercing rivets. The equipment’s universal technology enables adaption of various attachments for different application.
The second and third-place teams will receive a Chief MultiMig 190 welding, an entry-level model for low-carbon steel welding. The 220-volt transformer-based welder has the power to perform both structural and sheet metal repairs.
The donated equipment the top teams’ supporting business receive are in addition to the cash prizes each team member will receive including:
- 1st Place- $2500 each team member
- 2nd Place- $1000 each team member
- 3rd Place- $500 each team member
“I want to thank Chief Automotive for its support of the Top Tech Mentor/Mentee competition,” said Christen Battaglia, director of strategic partnerships for the Collision Repair Education Foundation. “Their continuing commitment to the collision industry and support for technical training benefits students and young technicians and increases the opportunity to succeed in a collision industry career.”
Mentor and mentee teams will perform and be tested on competencies the industry has deemed necessary for an entry-level technicians.
Industry individuals interested in sponsoring the event, participating in the competition as a mentor/mentee team, or who would like to participate in the committees organizing the event can contact Battaglia via email at Christen.Battaglia@ed-foundation.org for more information.
About the Collision Repair Education Foundation:
The Collision Repair Education Foundation, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting collision repair educational programs, schools, and students to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities. For information on how to donate to programs supported by the Education Foundation visit us online at: www.CollisionEducationFoundation.org.