Glass DoctorŽ University Announces Auto Glass Installation Classes
September 24, 2010

Glass Doctor University (GDU) will conduct its first auto glass installation course for auto glass technicians October 18-21, 2010.

GDU technical manager Frank Levesque displays some of the tools used in the National Auto Glass Certification training at the GDU Training Center in Waco.

The four-day auto glass installation program at the GDU Training Center begins with two days of the basics of auto glass installation. Trainees will become familiar with the latest installation best practices, terminology, tools and techniques. The basic class will have minimal hands-on installation, focusing on the auto glass trade’s skills and products for safe installation. The two-day intermediate section involves hands-on training in the proper auto glass installation techniques for windshields and tempered safety glass.

“We’re offering the training we provide Glass Doctor franchises to the entire industry because we believe safe, high-quality auto glass installation is the most important issue for our industry,” said vice president of training and franchise relations Dan Mock, who is a member of the AGRSS board of directors. “Our industry also has a difficult time recruiting and retaining professional service technicians. This training will help us bring new technicians into the industry that are properly trained, as opposed to people entering the business on their own.”

GDU technical manager Frank Levesque, an industry veteran with 40 years of experience, is the lead instructor.

“This auto glass training is more intensive, because it has both the extensive classroom training in auto glass adhesives, tools, and techniques, as well as the hands-on installation training in our state-of-the-art GDU shop,” Levesque says. “If you want to be a professional auto glass technician, this is where you will learn it from start to finish.”

According to Glass Doctor, Texas residents are eligible for a Texas Workforce Commission grant that will pay for the cost of the training. If the technician has been in the industry for fewer than 90 days, the grant will pay for the training. Technicians in the industry longer than 90 days are eligible for grants of $750 toward the training cost.

Training cost is $1,450 per person and includes registration fees, a four-night hotel stay, and two meals daily. Airfare can be added when reservations are determined.

Registration and travel arrangements can be made through GDU training coordinator Shirley Witt by calling 800/280-9959, ext. 2480. Class size is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

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