The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) conducted an Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training course at the NAFTC headquarters in Morgantown, WV from November 11th through 15th, 2013, and again to junior and high school students at Fauquier High School in Warrenton, VA on November 18th through 23rd.

The Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician course is designed for the professional technician or automotive student and teaches participants safety, service procedures, computer diagnostics, vehicle systems, battery technologies, and the nature of electricity as an automotive fuel source. Electric drive vehicles are appearing on America’s highways in ever increasing numbers. Consequently, the need for qualified technicians to service and maintain these vehicles is growing rapidly.

“The electric drive training is largely a hands-on training and gives students the opportunity to work on various vehicles themselves,” said Assistant Director – Curricula and Training Micheal Smyth. “Students used diagnostic tools to interact with the vehicles in the same way that they would in a real-world environment.”

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Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician course participants remove a starter for the motor-generator one. Credit: NAFTC.
This course instructs students on the same fundamentals, system design, diagnostic considerations, and special service topics and emphasizes appropriate safety measures in maintaining electric drive vehicles.

To further the secondary school educational opportunities at Fauquier High School, in addition to staff, the NAFTC sent equipment, including its in-house Toyota Prius, to the training. Students were able to use Toyota diagnostic equipment to scan the Prius components for problems.

Fauquier High School had the second place team in the Ford/AAA Skills Competition this year. The NAFTC awarded prizes to the top three teams in the competition.

“The students particularly loved learning about the high-voltage battery, the service disconnect, and system main relays and how they worked in conjunction with each other,” said NAFTC – Instructor Mark Schmidt. “The class also participated in a lively and in-depth discussion of the roles of the convert and motor-generator.”

The next Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training course will be held January 27th through 31st. For more information, click here.

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