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Sectioning of Steel Unitized Structures
SPS11

Course format: Live instruction with posttest
I-CAR Credit Hours: 3 hours
Estimated Duration: 4 hours

This course helps satisfy ProLevel training requirements for the following roles:
Steel Structural Technician

This course is an Annual Training option for the following roles:
Estimator
Steel Structural Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

  • Why I-CAR has adapted its position on sectioning and why general sectioning guidelines no longer apply
  • Understanding the various types of sectioning joints used by vehicle makers
  • Considerations for sectioning vs. part replacement

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Module 1 – Sectioning Overview
The class will open by defining sectioning and explaining why some parts are replaced. The instructor will also discuss the difference between sectioning and partial replacement at factory seams. When appropriate as a procedure, sectioning contains many benefits, which will be presented, along with information about how today’s new construction technology is affecting sectioning procedures.

Module 2 – Sectioning Preparation
In the second modules students will participate in a classroom-based vehicle-specific sectioning activity. This portion of the class contains information on how to begin sectioning repairs, including what to do before sectioning repairs, preparing the vehicle, understanding adjacent part removal, and verifying the correct replacement part. Information will also be presented on measuring for cut line, cutting techniques, welding, and working with adhesively bonded joints.

Module 3 – Joint Types
The class continues by examining the various types of sectioning joints used by vehicle makers. Props and discussions will better help students to understand the similarities and differences between these common joints. The instructor will also discuss what is involved with finishing a sectioning repair.

Module 4 – Sectioning Considerations
The final section of the class will detail many part-specific sectioning considerations, such as radiator core supports, front rails, A-, B-, C-Pillars, rocker panels, floor pans, rear body panels. The class will conclude with sectioning joint considerations, including cutting outer panels for access, hydroformed parts, sectioning in foam-filled areas, and drivetrain removal.

Prior Recommended Programs

  • Measuring (MEA01)
  • Steel Unitized Structures Technologies and Repair (SPS07)
  • Replacement of Steel Unitized Structures (SPS10)
  • Structural Straightening Steel (SSS01)

    Course outline containing topics and subtopics.