SAE Issues Certification for Diagnostics of Hybrids and Electric Vehicles

By Jon LeSage

While sales of hybrids and elec­tric vehi­cles are min­i­mal for many deal­er­ships, they are gain­ing enough pres­ence to get more atten­tion and pol­i­cy from SAE Inter­na­tion­al. They’ve been on the mar­ket long enough (espe­cial­ly hybrids) to require more after­mar­ket ser­vices like main­te­nance and repair. For those ser­vic­ing these vehi­cles, there’s a new cre­den­tial that’s been issued called “SAE Inter­na­tion­al Advanced HEV Diag­nos­tics Cer­tifi­cate of Com­pe­ten­cy.”

Here are a few details to know about the pro­gram:

  1. SAE Inter­na­tion­al has part­nered with Auto­mo­tive Research and Design (AR&D) to pro­vide the train­ing in sup­port of this cer­tifi­cate. It’s there for ser­vice tech­ni­cians, engi­neers, shop own­ers, instruc­tors, and oth­er auto­mo­tive pro­fes­sion­al sec­tors.
  2. AR&D pro­vides diag­nos­tic equip­ment, online and on-ground HEV train­ing, and Hybrid cur­ricu­lum solu­tions.
  3. The course takes five days, four of which are spent in a hands-on and lec­ture envi­ron­ment with AR&D instruc­tors. Each day includes dai­ly assess­ments to ensure each par­tic­i­pant will be pre­pared for a prac­ti­cal hands-on and writ­ten exam on the fifth and final day of the course.
  4. The goal of the cre­den­tial pro­gram is to train ser­vice tech­ni­cians on the diag­nos­tics cur­rent­ly being used in the ser­vice indus­try, and to use addi­tion­al diag­nos­tic test­ing meth­ods and equip­ment that will com­ple­ment OEM on-board diag­nos­tic sys­tems.
  5. It will also pre­pare ser­vice techs to gain ASE cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Hybrid Vehi­cle Sys­tems avail­able in 2014.
  6. Class­es in 2013 are lim­it­ed to 20 par­tic­i­pants each and will be host­ed in Flat Rock, NC; Madi­son, WI; Port­land, OR; and Port Ange­les, WA.


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