Since the new DuPont Refinish Systems Training Center opened in January, it has been running at capacity, says David Helms, senior training instructor at the facility. The center, located in Itasca, Ill., features three classrooms and 12,000 feet of shop training area. Equipment includes two down-draft paint booths, two prep decks and four mixing rooms.
“Class size is usually 16 students,” Helms says. “Training can run two to three days, depending on the curriculum. We teach both waterborne and solvent systems, with a ratio of about 60-to-40 in favor of waterborne. There’s a real thirst for that training.”
The Itasca Center brings the total to five DuPont Training Centers. Besides Itasca, the others are located in Plymouth, Mich.; Pomona, Calif.; Lionville, Pa.; and Atlanta.