Mindful of a steadily growing influx of hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles, governmental and private-sector educators are expanding the amount of available industry EV training to meet the demand for knowledgeable parts and repair personnel.
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Numerous courses already are available, and new programs continue to be developed as EVs become more prevalent and previously new cars come off warranty.
Backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s OPEN+ Platform (Open Professionals Education Network) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) program, the National STEM Consortium (NSC) is a collaborative effort among 10 colleges in nine states to create a series of curriculum offerings that include comprehensive EV training.
With funding from the National Science Foundation, the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) – a partnership between Michigan’s Macomb Community College and Wayne State University – is among more than 40 Advanced Technological Education Centers located throughout the country.
In California, where EVs currently comprise about 5 percent of the state’s car parc (No. 1 in the U.S. with ambitious future growth goals promulgated by the governor’s office), the Cleanetch Institute’s 16-week Certified Electric Vehicle Technician Training Program (CEVT) consists of instruction covering:
- Introduction to Advanced Vehicle Technologies
- Development of Electric Vehicles
- High Voltage Electrical Safety
- High Voltage Vehicle Safety Systems
- Hybrid engines
- AC Induction Electrical Machines
- Permanent Magnet Electrical Machines
- Power Inverter Systems
- Electric Circuit systems
- Electric Propulsion Sensing Systems
- DC-DC Converter Systems
- Transaxles, Gears and Cooling Systems
- Energy Management Hardware Systems
- Battery Construction and Technologies
- Latest Development in Battery Technologies
- Nickel-Metal Hydride Technologies
- Lithium Ion Battery
- Battery Management Systems
- Hybrid Vehicle Regenerative Braking Systems
- Electric Car and Hybrid Climate Control Systems
- Computer Aided Design (SolidWorks software)
- Design and Making an Adapter for an Electric Motor (workshop)
- Design and Making a Fiber-Glass Battery Box (workshop)
- Conversion of an Internal Combustion Car into a 100% Electric Car (workshop)
- First Responder Safety for Emergency Situation
- Basic Electric Car Maintenance