Training Technicians to Service Electric Vehicles Has a New Resource

Are you sell­ing and ser­vic­ing plug-in elec­tric vehi­cles? You might have one or more employ­ees who need to improve their skill set. Beyond the OEM pro­grams, the trick is find­ing some­thing worth attend­ing. It’s tech­ni­cal­ly com­plex and still very new to the auto indus­try. That’s where the Elec­tric Dri­ve Vehi­cle Auto­mo­tive Tech­ni­cian Train­ing course comes to play. It’s part of West Vir­ginia University’s Nation­al Alter­na­tive Fuels Train­ing Con­sor­tium. The pro­gram has been set up to bring infor­ma­tion to auto­mo­tive instruc­tors across the coun­try. It’s a US Dept. of Ener­gy ini­tia­tive designed to edu­cate var­i­ous groups about their roles in prepar­ing Amer­i­ca for alter­na­tive trans­porta­tion, specif­i­cal­ly advanced elec­tric dri­ve. The course instructs on appro­pri­ate safe­ty mea­sures in main­tain­ing, diag­nos­ing and ser­vic­ing advanced elec­tric dri­ve vehi­cles and describes elec­tric propul­sion sys­tems includ­ing their con­struc­tion, oper­a­tion, con­trol strate­gies, ser­vice tools, scan tool data, and diag­nos­tic fun­da­men­tals.

The NAFTC launched its tech­ni­cian train­ing course this week at the San Jac­in­to Col­lege Trans­porta­tion Cen­ter in La Porte, Texas. Auto­mo­tive instruc­tors and admin­is­tra­tors from NAFTC train­ing cen­ters from across the coun­try were sched­uled to attend the 40-hour train-the-train­er course. Par­tic­i­pat­ing NAFTC mem­ber schools attend­ing this course can then con­duct the train­ing in their own class­rooms, train­ing hun­dreds of future auto­mo­tive tech­ni­cians on elec­tric dri­ve tech­nol­o­gy.

‚ÄúPar¬≠tic¬≠i¬≠pants.. will then take this knowl¬≠edge to the lab and shop where they will per¬≠form tasks such as diag¬≠nos¬≠ing the faults in a motor gen¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tor, remov¬≠ing and rein¬≠stalling a Toy¬≠ota Prius high volt¬≠age bat¬≠tery, and diag¬≠no¬≠sis and repair of faults in Prius invert¬≠er, along with oth¬≠er tech¬≠ni¬≠cal hands-on skills and abil¬≠i¬≠ties,‚ÄĚ said Bill Davis, NAFTC assis¬≠tant direc¬≠tor of oper¬≠a¬≠tions. ‚ÄúThe knowl¬≠edge these instruc¬≠tors gain in this train¬≠ing will be invalu¬≠able when trans¬≠ferred to their stu¬≠dents in the train¬≠ing they con¬≠duct in their pro¬≠grams.‚ÄĚ

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