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TU Dublin VBR workshop gets €650,000 investment

The Vehicle Body Repair (VBR) facility at TU Dublin opened its doors this week to showcase its workshop, which has benefited from a more than €650,000 investment.

Frank O’Neill, Lecturer, Vehicle Body Repair, TU Dublin (left) with Joe Clarke, Head of Automotive Technology and Management, TU Dublin.

TU Dublin, SOLAS and the Higher Education Authority has invested over €650,000 in the VBR Beresford Street facility.

The investment marks a milestone for the TU Dublin VBR facility, which is the sole provider of Phases 4 and 6 of the Vehicle Body Repairs Apprenticeship, which has a total of 7 phases.

Frank O’Neill, lecturer at TU Dublin explained that the workshop and equipment has been upgraded to keep pace and stay ahead of advancements in vehicle body technology.

“Our equipment and workshop has advanced to match and stay ahead of the technical changes in vehicle body technology,” he said

The repair benches in the facility have all been upgraded, and nearly all now feature computerised measuring. Some of the benches include wheel-alignment, while other include the possibility of on-vehicle analysis of suspension components.

Another addition is a Multi-Material Vehicle Cabin (MMV Cabin) which features Aluminium and (CFRP) Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastics components / structures.

The facility now has advanced materials analysis equipment which can be used in tandem with the MMV Cabin.

As a result of the investment, the VBR team is now well placed to provide essential training on electric and hybrid vehicles enabling the Vehicle Body Repairer to work on these complex vehicles.

The workshop now features advanced MIG welding and resistance equipment as well as weld testing equipment.

ADAS calibration and wheel alignment equipment has also been added in the recent investment.

Upgrades to facility’s diagnostics equipment and mechanical and electrical training systems are now in place, along with an upgrade to the workshop’s spray-painting booth / oven.

Assembled guests also heard that the syllabus for the Vehicle Body Repairs Apprenticeship has been reviewed and updated with industry and trade involvement to better serve the requirements of technicians repairing modern complex collision damaged vehicles.

O’Neill explained: “The syllabus has changed and course content has changed in line with with all the advancement in vehicle body technology.”