A Texas college is now home to the first electric vehicle (EV) automotive technician certification program. The Northeast Texas Community College educational pathway is the first of its kind in the nation offered by an accredited college.
At the school, students “work on EV systems and conversions through a comprehensive curriculum and hands-on training” according to a press release.
Certification will be part of the larger Carroll Shelby Automotive Program offered at the school. It has been shaped in partnership with Legacy EV, a provider of EV aftermarket applications and education programs.
“We’re thrilled to announce this new Legacy EV certification program for the students at the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program,” said Mavrick Knoles, president and co-founder of Legacy EV. “As EVs continue to make up greater market share among drivers, the demand for technicians who are trained in repair and maintenance is critical. Working with the Carroll Shelby Automotive Program, we are establishing a new standard for EV education as we train the next generation of auto mechanics.”
The certification program will include a five-part curriculum that examines EV history and technology, encompassing motors, batteries, chargers and converters.
Hands-on training includes working on EV motors and applying what students have already learned about internal combustion engines to electric motors, the release said.
“Carroll Shelby was committed to embracing new technologies and blazing new trails,” said Jon McCullough, executive vice president for advancement at Northeast Texas Community College. “Before he passed, Carroll forecasted the automotive industry’s embrace of electric technology. That future is coming to fruition, and we’re honored that his automotive program will be the first in the country to offer an on-campus EV certification from an accredited college.”
An accelerated version of the course is planned for the Summer 2022 semester. Legacy EV’s certification will be available as a full semester elective course beginning Fall 2022 for current students at the Northeast Texas Community College, located in Mount Pleasant.
The move comes as EVs gain popularity in the U.S. Though sales of electric models have reached all-time highs in the first part of 2022, they are still dominated by adoption of Teslas in California.
Several automakers will debut or have launched new electric vehicles for sale in the country this year, including the Nissan Ariya, Ford F-150 Lightning, Volvo C40 Recharge, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6, Cadillac Lyriq, BMW iX and BMW i4.
In addition to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), automakers are working to electrify their lineups with the addition of mild-hybrid, hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles.