Lincoln Educational Services Corporation, marking 75 years in 2021 as a national leader in specialized technical training, announced the launch of Kindig Academy at its Denver, Colorado campus in early 2022. Lincoln Tech has entered into a collaboration with Dave Kindig, owner of Kindig-It Design and star of MotorTrend TV’s “Bitchin ‘Rides”, to provide advanced education in this highly specialized field.
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Kindig offers end-to-end builds for custom vehicles – known as RestoMods – that look like nothing on the road today. With a long waiting list, its services are in high demand. At the same time, the need for competent and skilled professionals across the industry has never been greater. Lincoln Tech’s Kindig Academy will help students improve their skills in the custom vehicle design and manufacturing industry.
“Obtaining a Kindig Academy certification is a unique qualification for a designer and manufacturer of custom vehicles,” said Chad Nyce, executive vice president and chief innovation officer of Lincoln Tech. “And it will be available exclusively from Lincoln Tech.”
Kindig founded and operates Kindig-It Design, the country’s first custom vehicle manufacturing company. Since 1999, Kindig-It Design has been the leader in creating unique personalized rides. In 2014, he participated in the launch of “Bitchin ‘Rides” on MotorTrend TV, a series still in full swing in its eighth season. The show highlights the unique rides that Kindig and his team produce and is seen in over 169 countries around the world.
Thousands of stores across the country offer custom design and manufacturing services, and Kindig sets a high standard in the industry. He attributes much of the demand to the unmatched performance machines his team is proving to be, while noting how difficult it has become to attract and retain talent with the skills to excel in this highly specialized field.
“We are really excited about this partnership and to combine our name with Lincoln Tech,” Kindig said. “We are very grateful for this opportunity to partner with a reputable educational institution to provide quality training. The Kindig Academy and its Advanced Skills program will be great for both organizations, and especially for the technicians we train.
The seven-week program will provide students with 240 hours of instruction covering 14 subjects such as specialty welding; custom manufacturing; design of parts; custom painting; custom exhaust manufacturing; custom electrical system design; personalized powertrain programming; mechanical assembly; and more. Students entering the program will need to possess basic skills in most areas and will be asked to demonstrate these skills as part of the application process. Entering the program with a basic knowledge of the fundamentals allows instructors to provide training in the very advanced skills needed to produce high-end custom vehicles.
Lincoln Tech will transform an area of its Denver campus, which offers training in crash repair and overhaul technology, into the new Kindig Academy with its own entrance, showroom and merchandise store. Nyce says a substantial investment has been made to make Lincoln Tech’s Kindig Academy a historic training center for an exciting career field.
Since class sizes should not include more than 12 students at a time, applicants will apply for a competitive admission process. Prior experience will be a prerequisite, and applicants will be asked to explain why they wish to advance in the custom vehicle manufacturing industry.
“This is an incredible opportunity for all parties,” said Nyce. “We look forward to launching the academy and are grateful to have been chosen by Kindig-It Design to host the program at Lincoln Tech.”
According to the US Department of Labor, the auto body repair and refinishing industry is expected to fill more than 130,000 jobs by 2028. Lincoln Tech’s auto body repair and refinishing technology program, in collaboration with Industry leaders like Dave Kindig, will help employers nationwide maintain a skilled, competitive workforce.
For more information on Lincoln Tech, visit lincolntech.edu. For more information on Kindig-It Design, visit kindigit.com.