The National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) conducted an Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI from January 4 through January 8, 2016.

The week-long course instructed participants about the fundamentals, system design, diagnostic considerations, and special service topics of hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and fuel cell electric vehicles.

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Fox Valley Technical College hosted an NAFTC Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training. Credit: Fox Valley Technical College.

The course covered appropriate safety measures in maintaining electric drive vehicles and described their electric propulsion systems. These systems include construction, operation, control strategies, service tools, scan tool data, and basic diagnostic fundamentals.

Participants benefitted from hands-on and workshop exercises to facilitate understanding and improve the learning process.

“We currently have 16 faculty and staff in the Fox Valley Technical College automotive department that teach nine different degree and diploma programs,” said Scott Springstroh, an instructor with the college. “We recognized the importance of equipping our faculty with the ability to provide training for electric drive and hybrid vehicles.”

“Advisory committee discussions have expressed a critical lack of technicians that are knowledgeable in this area,” Springstroh continued. “Proper training for our instructors will allow us to equip our students with the confidence and ability to service this new technology.”

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NAFTC Instructor Mark Schmidt assists a student with a hands-on training activity the course. Credit: Fox Valley Technical College.

The Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training will be conducted at NAFTC headquarters February 8 through 12, 2016. Visit the NAFTC Eventbrite to register.




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