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The holiday giveaway ended on 11:59pm MT on January 6, 2023.
All entries received before that time have been considered and three winners will be selected by random drawing to be held on or about January 9, 2023 from all entries received.
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Custom Design & Fabrication Programs

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Weekend Intro Classes Mon, 31 Oct 2022 22:34:36 +0000

Weekend Intro Classes

Try your hand at some of the key skills you need to succeed in the custom ride industry – check out 4 weekend programs available exclusively at The Kindig Academy at Lincoln Tech. No experience necessary!

  • Each course runs Saturday – Sunday
  • You’ll receive 16 hours’ instruction and receive a certificate of completion at the end
  • Each course is $995 – less than $65 an hour to learn the fundamentals of collision repair and custom builds from a select Kindig-certified instructor!
  • Spots are limited

Weekend Classes Registrations Open now!

Courses are offered on a rotating basis; call for current and upcoming course availability.



Fire up the torch for an overview of TIG Welding, the most popular type of welding used in the collision repair and RestoMod fields.

Next Class: 05/13/2023, 07/08/2023, 09/09/2023, 11/04/2023

Technically, it’s called Tungsten Insert Gas Welding—but that’s not why you’re here. You want to learn how it works and then get your hands on a torch! This course will teach you about:

  • Machine orientation and setup
  • AC vs. DC welding
  • Polarity and current flow
  • Amp control and frequency
  • Tungsten preparation
  • Filler selection and the science of Metallurgy
  • Autogenous welding and fusing



A fast, down-and-dirty look at everything you need to know to begin shaping metal for the custom ride industry.

Next Class: 03/18/2023, 05/20/2023, 07/22/2023, 09/23/2023, 11/18/2023

In the auto body industry, metal is at the heart of everything you do. This course will cover some of the most essential parts of working with metal, including:

  • Types of metals and their thicknesses (gauges)
  • Shaping vs forming metal
  • Shrinking and stretching metal
  • Sheetmetal brakes and layout
  • Working with hammers and dollies



Get up close and personal with Hot Rod electrical systems, a field all its own.

Next Class: 06/03/2023, 08/05/2023, 10/07/2023, 12/02/2023

Gain an understanding of Hot Rod Wiring basics, from safety essentials to wiring booming sound systems:

  • Principles of proper wiring
  • Safety on the job
  • Tools of the trade
  • The science of amps and insulation
  • Splicing, looming, crimping and heatshrink
  • Working with relays, fuses, and breakers
  • Circuit testing and diagnosis
  • Car audio basics



Get the low-down – and lots of hands-on practice – on the basics of bodywork.

Next Class: 04/15/2023, 06/17/2023, 08/19/2023, 10/21/2023, 12/16/2023

Auto body work is so much more than hammering out dents or slapping on a fresh coat of paint – and this course will introduce you to it all. Topics include:

  • Basic panel repair and straightening
  • Preparing metal for epoxy coating and polyester filler
  • Prepping and applying primers
  • Mixing, spreading and smoothing polyester filler
  • Proper sanding techniques
  • Choosing the right sanding blocks and paper based on grits and levels



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Custom Design & Fabrication Programs Mon, 31 Oct 2022 22:17:31 +0000

Custom Design & Fabrication Programs

For experienced professionals, The Kindig Academy at Lincoln Tech can take your skills to a whole new level with six weeks of Advanced Custom Vehicle Fabrication training. Two-hundred forty instructional hours cover:

  • Specialty welding
  • Custom fabrication
  • Custom part design
  • Custom painting
  • Custom chassis design
  • Custom exhaust fabrication
  • Mechanical assembly

and a hell of a lot more. You’ll learn hands-on with industry tools like English wheels, power hammers and wiring harnesses, and experience the entire process of taking a design and planning its road to completion.

You can complete the 6-week course all at once, or break up the course into two 3-week sessions. You can take the 3-week “Skin and Bones” fabrication & refinishing module now and come back later for the “Guts” custom vehicle systems design courses – whatever works for your schedule! Either way, you can earn a Kindig Academy Certificate – a benchmark credential for a custom vehicle designer and fabricator – when you’re finished.

You can also choose to take either one of the courses as a stand-alone program – the option is all yours.

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Programs Mon, 31 Oct 2022 21:56:09 +0000

Custom Design & Fabrication Programs

The Kindig Academy at Lincoln Tech can help you take your skills to the next level whether you’re an experienced pro or just starting out. Our programs are built around the skills, techniques, muscle and swagger that are the hallmarks of the Kindig team’s most bitchin’ rides. Each course, whether comprehensive or skill-specific, comes with Dave’s stamp of approval. And they’re all one-of-a-kind, an experience you can only get at the Kindig Academy!

Listen to what students are saying about the Kindig Academy


Check out our comprehensive program if you’re already working in the field: this 6-week course gets you Kindig-certified and on your way to a whole new professional level

Fast, convenient introductory courses take you one weekend at a time through fundamental skills for success in the collision repair industry. Great for beginners!

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FAQs Mon, 31 Oct 2022 19:00:52 +0000

Frequently asked questions

If you still have more questions, contact us here.

If you want to train with a master, we need to know you’re committed. Applicants to the comprehensive Custom Design and Fabrication program will write an essay explaining why they want to advance their skills in the RestoMod industry, submit a portfolio that shows off their skills, and interview with a Kindig Academy Admissions officer. To enroll in a weekend program, click here to learn about current offerings and reserve your spot.

This is an advanced skills program, so introductory concepts won’t be part of your curriculum. Students will be expected to already have foundational skills in most areas and will be asked to demonstrate those skills as part of the application process. A class full of students who already have that basic knowledge means instructors can focus on advanced specialized skills needed to produce the kinds of high-end custom vehicles for which Kindig is famous.

There’s only two requirements: a love of all things automotive, and the commitment to put in the work. These are beginner-level classes, so there’s no experience necessary. Whether you’re a weekend warrior in the garage or a complete novice, we’d love to have you in class!

If you ‘re accepted into the Academy, we’ll be happy to help you find housing by connecting you with Lincoln Tech ‘s available resources. Students come from around the country to train at the Denver campus, and there are a lot of different nearby housing and transportation options available.

Tuition for this six-week advanced program is $7,500 which includes the books and consumables needed for the program as well as a Kindig Academy at Lincoln Tech shirt. Travel, living accommodations and meals are not included in the tuition. For complete details regarding the cost of the program please call 844-713-0067 .

Each weekend course is just $695 – making them easier on your schedule, and your budget. For full details regarding the weekend course tuition, please call 844-713-0067 .

The full Custom Design and Fabrication program includes about six weeks of intensive hands-on training, covering 240 instructional hours. You can opt to complete the training over two 3-week modules, or earn your credential sooner and complete the 6-week program all at once.

The weekend intro classes each last, well, a weekend!

Kindig Academy courses will be taught by incredibly talented, highly experienced industry professionals hand-selected by Dave Kindig himself.

It’s possible! We expected a lot of custom vehicle design and fabrication employers would be more than thrilled to have an employee with specialized skills you can build through the Kindig Academy at Lincoln Tech.

Meet Dave and the Team Wed, 26 Oct 2022 16:10:02 +0000

Meet Dave & the team

Dave Kindig is, in a word, a Master. He’s the star of MotorTrend TV’s “Bitchin’ Rides”, and the founder and owner of Kindig-It Design in Salt Lake City. Auto fanatics from around the world come to Kindig-It for one-of-a-kind custom vehicle creations. Dave takes each client from start to finish through the design and fabrication stages, and the end results are rides unlike anything else on the road today. The amazing custom machines coming out of the Kindig-It shop make it easy to see why Dave’s got an extensive waiting list for his services: you don’t rush quality, and that’s what at the heart of every Kindig-It creation.

Since 1999, Kindig has set the industry standard by using state-of-the-art equipment and hiring only the best design and fabrication professionals. He’s one of the most recognized stars of both reality TV and the business world – and of course the world of custom vehicles:


  • “Bitchin’ Rides” is the most-viewed show on Motor Trend TV for 8 seasons running, and is broadcasted in more than 170 countries.
  • Dave Kindig was named Builder of the Year by the Grand National Roadster Show in 2020.
  • His shop was named Roadster Shop’s “Best on RS” in 2018.
  • He has received the Ford Design Award, Boise Idaho Master Builder Award, Good Guys Trend Setter Award in 2012, and more.
  • Dave Kindig and Kindig-It Design combine for almost 800,000 followers on Instagram and counting.

Our Team

Greg Menan


Greg brings over 25 years of experience in autobody fit and finishing to the Kindig Academy. He has worked in restoration shops specializing in custom car building, auto restoration, panel fitment, paint and finishing, fiberglass work as well as being skilled in Mig and Tig welding.

Jordan Cahill


Jordan has specialized in the areas of custom car building, suspension and chassis fabrication, mechanical assembly and electrical work in his more than 10 years in the industry. Before joining the Kindig Academy he spent over 5 years at a “chop shop” working on multiple Barrett-Jackson builds as well as updating vehicles from Monster Garage.

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Academy Thu, 23 Jul 2020 15:44:58 +0000

The Kindig Academy at Lincoln Tech

Imagine learning guitar at the Eddie Van Halen Academy. Or taking a filmmaking course at the Tarantino Institute. Getting accepted at the Richard Petty Institute of Stock Car Racing. In the amazing world of custom vehicle builds and RestoMods, that’s what it means to be Kindig-certified.

Dave Kindig has transformed the vehicle restoration world with bold, standout designs for rides that are eye-catching, heart-stopping, and game changing. And now you can learn his trade secrets and skills at Lincoln Tech, home of the new Kindig Academy in Denver, Colorado.

Kindig is a leading name in the custom car design and fabrication industry. The Kindig Academy at Lincoln Tech is the first of its kind anywhere in the country: a chance to learn master skills through a curriculum developed by a true master. Dave Kindig wants to share his vision, drive and artistic passion with the world’s next class of high-caliber RestoMod pros.

You could be one of them.

From the “Skin and Bones” of fabrication and finishing, to the “Guts” of custom vehicle systems design, this isn’t a “bang out dents and replace panels” kind of shop class. Take your design and fabrication skills to the next level: apply for the Kindig Academy at Lincoln Tech. It’s the only place you’ll find this kind of hands-on training and experience – a Master Class offered exclusively at Lincoln Tech.