Are you sell¬≠ing and ser¬≠vic¬≠ing plug-in elec¬≠tric vehi¬≠cles? You might have one or more employ¬≠ees who need to improve their skill set. Beyond the OEM pro¬≠grams, the trick is find¬≠ing some¬≠thing worth attend¬≠ing. It‚Äôs tech¬≠ni¬≠cal¬≠ly com¬≠plex and still very new to the auto indus¬≠try. That‚Äôs where the Elec¬≠tric Dri¬≠ve Vehi¬≠cle Auto¬≠mo¬≠tive Tech¬≠ni¬≠cian Train¬≠ing course comes to play. It‚Äôs part of West Vir¬≠ginia University‚Äôs Nation¬≠al Alter¬≠na¬≠tive Fuels Train¬≠ing Con¬≠sor¬≠tium. The pro¬≠gram has been set up to bring infor¬≠ma¬≠tion to auto¬≠mo¬≠tive instruc¬≠tors across the coun¬≠try. It‚Äôs a US Dept. of Ener¬≠gy ini¬≠tia¬≠tive designed to edu¬≠cate var¬≠i¬≠ous groups about their roles in prepar¬≠ing Amer¬≠i¬≠ca for alter¬≠na¬≠tive trans¬≠porta¬≠tion, specif¬≠i¬≠cal¬≠ly advanced elec¬≠tric dri¬≠ve. The course instructs on appro¬≠pri¬≠ate safe¬≠ty mea¬≠sures in main¬≠tain¬≠ing, diag¬≠nos¬≠ing and ser¬≠vic¬≠ing advanced elec¬≠tric dri¬≠ve vehi¬≠cles and describes elec¬≠tric propul¬≠sion sys¬≠tems includ¬≠ing their con¬≠struc¬≠tion, oper¬≠a¬≠tion, con¬≠trol strate¬≠gies, ser¬≠vice tools, scan tool data, and diag¬≠nos¬≠tic fun¬≠da¬≠men¬≠tals.
The NAFTC launched its tech¬≠ni¬≠cian train¬≠ing course this week at the San Jac¬≠in¬≠to Col¬≠lege Trans¬≠porta¬≠tion Cen¬≠ter in La Porte, Texas. Auto¬≠mo¬≠tive instruc¬≠tors and admin¬≠is¬≠tra¬≠tors from NAFTC train¬≠ing cen¬≠ters from across the coun¬≠try were sched¬≠uled to attend the 40-hour train-the-train¬≠er course. Par¬≠tic¬≠i¬≠pat¬≠ing NAFTC mem¬≠ber schools attend¬≠ing this course can then con¬≠duct the train¬≠ing in their own class¬≠rooms, train¬≠ing hun¬≠dreds of future auto¬≠mo¬≠tive tech¬≠ni¬≠cians on elec¬≠tric dri¬≠ve tech¬≠nol¬≠o¬≠gy.
‚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