From September 23rd through 27th, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) conducted an Electric Drive Automotive Technician Training for junior high and high school students at the Monongalia Technical Education Center (MTEC) in Morgantown, WV.
This course instructs students on the fundamentals, system design, diagnostic considerations, and special service topics of all types of electric vehicles. The course emphasizes appropriate safety measures in maintaining electric drive vehicles and describes their electric propulsion systems including construction, operation, control strategies, service tools, scan tool data, and basic diagnostic fundamentals.
“This is the first time that we have conducted the Auto Tech training for secondary school students at MTEC, and we were very excited to see how it was received,” said NAFTC Assistant Director Curriculum and Training Micheal Smyth. “The students were very interested in the material. We were impressed with how quickly everyone picked it up.”
To further the secondary school educational opportunities, the NAFTC sent staff and equipment, including its in-house Toyota Prius. Students were able to use Toyota diagnostic equipment to scan the Prius components for problems.
Students in the Electric Drive Automotive Technician Training at MTEC were able to gain hands-on experience using Toyota diagnostic equipment in class. Credit: NAFTC.