Ferris State University
Big Rapids, MI
Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician Training
Get “hands-on” experience from extensive shop activities
Electric drive vehicles, including Hybrid-Electric Vehicles (HEVs), Battery-Electric Vehicles (BEVs), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PhEVs), Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs), and Extended Range Electric Vehicles (EREVs) are appearing on America’s highways in ever increasing numbers. As a consequence, the need for qualified technicians to service and maintain these vehicles is growing rapidly. This four-day hands-on course is designed for the professional technician or automotive student and will teach you safety, service procedures, computer diagnostics, vehicle systems, battery technologies, and the nature of electricity as an automotive fuel source.
Why Electric Drive Training?
The Electric Drive Vehicle Automotive Technician course offers training for automotive technicians to gain a better understanding of advanced electric drive vehicles. The course will cover the fundamentals, system design, diagnostic considerations, and special service topics of HEVs, BEVs, PHEVs, FCEVs, and EREVs.
The course also explains appropriate safety measures in maintaining advanced electric drive vehicles and describes electric propulsion systems including the construction, operation, control strategies, service tools, scan tool data, and basic diagnostic fundamentals. Course objectives include coverage of required fundamentals, system design and operation, diagnostics, service and repair of HEVs, BEVs, PHEVs, and FCEVs. Adhering to appropriate and necessary safety measures for each type of vehicle will be emphasized. The electric propulsion systems that will be described include construction, operation, control strategies, service tools, scan tool data, and basic diagnostic fundamentals. Auxiliary systems required by these alternative power trains, such as (but not limited to) electric power steering and electric air conditioning compressors, will be explained. The course has a heavy incorporation and concentration on hands-on shop time and lab activities.
The number of electric drive vehicles is growing every year. Mandates such as the Federal Energy Policy Act require most large fleets to include alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) in ever-growing numbers. In addition, many consumers have chosen to buy and drive electric drive passenger vehicles for both economic and environmental reasons.
All of this means that the demand for AFV technicians is increasing dramatically. The AFV technician needs to know everything that is currently applicable to servicing automobiles, along with new electric vehicle technology. This course meets the needs of the technician, the employer, the fleet operator, and the training institution.
Taught by certified NAFTC instructors, this four-day course contains an equal mix of classroom lecture and shop activities, exercises, diagnostics and repair, including major component removal and refit, battery removal and reinstallation, along with hands-on motor-generator (MG) dissassembly and diagnostics. After the course, the technician will be able to:
List personnel and shop safety procedures on high voltage and electric drive vehicles
Describe the different electric drive vehicle configurations
Explain the procedures for start-up, operation, and shut-down of electric drive vehicles
List the tools necessary for effective and safe electric drive vehicle diagnostic and repair, including OEM computer scan tools
Describe the various battery technologies and charging schemas for electric drive vehicles
Demonstrate the ability to remove and reinstall major hybrid vehicle components
List the major electric vehicle components and explain their operation
Describe the operation and components in a hydrogen fuel cell
Explain the common maintenance procedures necessary for electric drive vehicles
Demonstrate a working knowledge and diagnostic capabilities in relation to electric drive transaxles and transmissions
Describe electric motors and their relationship with regenerative braking
This course is available to NAFTC member schools as a train-the-trainer upon advance request.
Course Materials Provided to the Participant:
Participant Manual – including review questions and learning activities*
Course Materials Provided to NAFTC Members participating in Train-the-Trainer session:
Instructor Manual – including course agenda and planning notes
Participant Manual – including review questions and learning activities
Extensive shop activities
Training aids (PowerPoint presentation, Flash animations, etc.)
Exam question pool (pre- and post-test)
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specific information
List of suggested hands-on training aids for shop tasks
Classes are offered through the National Alternative Fuels Training Laboratory in Morgantown, WV. Customized classes can be brought to your doorstep and are designed to meet your particular needs. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details, class pricing, and for NAFTC membership information.
*Each module of the Participant’s Manual contains text, illustrations, explanatory figures and tables, module review questions, and a list of key terms and abbreviations.