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EV training plugging into increasing U.S. purchases of electrically powered vehicles

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 06:00
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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
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