Steel Sectioning (SPS05)

Course Overview

A technician’s ability to properly perform sectioning procedures is important in many collision repairs. A vehicle's structural integrity, airbag timing and other systems can be compromised during a collision. The ability of the technician to properly follow sectioning procedures is critical for preserving these systems and minimizing repair costs, ensuring repair quality, and maintaining passenger safety.

This course offers collision repair professionals a unique training experience in their own repair environment. Students measure, cut and weld on steel rails to recreate the considerations they will face in an actual vehicle sectioning procedure.

After completing this course, you will have proven your ability to:

  • Understand the critical nature of sectioning procedures, measuring and working with tolerances
  • Verify that you are able to replace a structural component on a vehicle

A single training event can accommodate multiple technicians.

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Course Content

Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment
Before instruction starts, the instructor will conduct the Welding Capability & Readiness Assessment to determine whether shop infrastructure and equipment conditions are adequate for technicians to properly perform hands-on practice and certification testing.
Students will be provided with instruction and best practices before beginning practice. This course offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their measuring, cutting, fit-up, and GMA (MIG) welding skills on steel structural parts. Students will need to follow the instructions on the course-specific body repair manual. The instructor will coach students throughout the training.
Hands-on Practice
Students will have time to adjust and tune their welding machines, as well as to successfully perform common welds on common thicknesses. Before receiving a rail from the instructor, students must pass an onsite visual and destructive test of their practice welds.
Skills Verification Test
This last part of the hands-on training measures student skill in cutting, removing spot welds and making offset repair joints using plug, open butt joint, and butt joint with backing welds on steel structural parts. Working with two thicknesses of automotive grade steel — 16 gauge and 22 gauge — students will need to measure and cut the rail at the locations specified in the course-specific body repair manual. Students will also need to successfully cut an access window without damaging the inner reinforcement.

The structural part must fit in a specially designed I-CAR fixture in order to pass the certification test. Welded parts must pass the three-dimensional measuring as well as meet minimum requirements for the weld specifications.

Students not passing the test during the event may retake the training and test on another date and pass it then to receive the certification.


All earned I-CAR Welding Training & Certification designations are valid for five years from the passing date.