Bonding and Mechanical Fastenings Following Researched Repair Methods – IMI Certificate

On successful completion of this course participants will gain accreditation of IMI Certificate AOM-133

Duration: 1 Day

Aims and Training Objectives

  • Use appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
  • Use appropriate Vehicle Protection Equipment (VPE).
  • identify and follow the correct method for removing, replacing, and joining panel sections using industry approved repair methods.
  • Locate and follow Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and Product Technical Data Sheets (PTDS) where appropriate.
  • Prepare the work area and select the correct tools and equipment.
  • Store replacement panels in an appropriate place and protect them where necessary.
  • Remove the existing bonded and mechanically fixed panel section without causing damage to the remaining surfaces.
  • Prepare panel flanges, the replacement panel, and the backing plate edges to receive adhesive and mechanical fastenings.
  • Prepare and ‘dry fit’ the replacement panel section and backing plate to check the alignment / measurements. Note: The backing plate may require trimming
  • Identify and adhere to the adhesive bonding material worktime.
  • Prepare the adhesive bonding material and application equipment.
  • Produce an adhesive test bead.
  • Protect areas to inhibit corrosion and apply adhesive bonding material in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Fit and align the replacement panel section, studded backing plate, and secure them using the correct clamping method and bonding processes.
  • Remove excess bonding adhesive and achieve an acceptable cosmetic finish prior to curing.
  • Identify if / where a joint is not correctly formed and take necessary action.
  • Carry out final quality checks.
  • Clean and store all equipment and materials on completion of task.
  • Take appropriate care throughout the assessment.
  • Use safe working practices throughout the assessment.
  • Work within given time constraint.


KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS The technician must know and understand:

  • How to select and use technical information and approved researched repair methods 2.2 tools and equipment including their maintenance used to carry out bonding and riveting activities.
  • The preparation and alignment of body panels prior to carrying out bonding and riveting activities.
  • Adhesive bonding and mechanical fasteners used in vehicle construction.
  • The different adhesives and mechanical fastenings used in the repair process.
  • Safe working practices required for the task.
  • EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) awareness and waste management.

Course Outline will include

This module is to ensure the technician has the knowledge, skills, and ability in using researched repair methods to support the process of cutting body panels and securing them using bonding / adhesive and mechanical fastenings. The technician will be required to cut and remove a section from a previously bonded panel and fit a replacement section, without causing damage to the flanges and inner structures. The replacement panel must be aligned and secured with an appropriate structural adhesive and a variety of specified mechanical fastenings.

The assessment is carried out on an industry designed and approved panel section, however the repair standard must be the same as on a vehicle bodyshell.

LEARNING at Arm Academy

ARM Classroom

Theory and interactive demonstrations and discussion.

Interactive demonstrations in our classroom lectures utilise CLEVER TOUCH IMPACT PLUS interactive technology.

Interactive demonstrations are used in The ARM Classroom to demonstrate the application of the concept, skill, or knowledge relevant to the lecture topic. The lecture is active with the demonstration structured to incorporate opportunities for participants to interact actively, analyse and reflect directly on the training material relevant to a specific learning task.

“Any questions?,” question time throughout and post lectures, all participants are requested to spend time reflecting on the lecture thus far and writing down one or two questions. Questions are submitted anonymously by participants by means of interactive pads supplied to each participant in a simple text-based format, rather than calling on them one at a time. This enables the instructor to get a sense of question trends and choose the best ones to address.

Pass the Pointer is used for visual content: A complex, intricate, or detailed image is placed on the screen with participants given the laser pointer to identify components or key features or ask questions about items they do not understand.


The Interactive induction in simulation creates a realistic environment that enables participants to learn and understand the risks associated with working in an auto body repair workshop while in a controlled environment, that replicates the workplace. The ARM Academy is equipped with a practical training area designed and created to deliver the workshop induction training in a simulated setting where training can be stopped, discussed, and re-started at any point to support specific learning requirements.

This simulated environment contains the equipment and materials that would be present in a contemporary workplace. The ARM Academy has engaged with the repair industry to establish current workplace activities in order to ensure the training strategies and simulated environments align with current workplace practice. Regular discussion with the repair industry and insurance stakeholders as well as participant feedback ensures that the simulated environment remains appropriate to the current industry requirement and operates as designed.