How To Become An Electric Vehicle Technician In 2024

 

The automotive industry is undergoing a transformative shift. Electric vehicles (EVs) are rapidly gaining market share, presenting a unique opportunity for skilled technicians.  However, servicing these vehicles requires a specialized skillset distinct.

This guide is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in electric vehicle repair. We'll delve into the key educational pathways an aspiring EV technician can pursue, to succeed in this dynamic field. 

1 - Fast-Track With An EV Qualification

The transition to electric vehicle (EV) repair for experienced mechanics offers a chance to upskill and stay relevant in the evolving automotive landscape.

Mechanics who have experience working on combustion engines may wish to take an intensive course that can certifies them to work on Electric Vehicles.

One such pathway is by taking the IMI Level 2 & 3 Combined Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair & Replacement course. The course takes 2 days to complete, so is perfect for mechanics with a basic understanding of Electric Vehicles. This qualification, offered by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI), provides a foundational understanding of EV safety procedures, battery technology, and basic repair practices. It's an excellent starting point for existing mechanics to gain core EV knowledge.

 

2 - Work With An Independent Automotive Training Provider

Numerous independent training providers in the UK offer various EV courses, from short workshops to more comprehensive programs. This allows mechanics to choose a program that aligns with their specific needs and skill level.

  

Network Training Partnership, for example, under their AWARE Series range of courses, provides learning pathway to become an EV mechanic at all levels. For example, if you wish to learn from anywhere around the world at your own page, the EV Hazard ManagementAWARE e-learning course would be ideal for you.

 

Network Training Partnership also offer advanced IMI EV qualifications, which have been designed to give the learners the knowledge and skills required to work safely on Electric/Hybrid vehicles whilst carrying out diagnostic, testing and repair activities. This may include vehicles that may have or had damage to their high energy/electrical system.

3 - Join A Manufacturer-Specific EV Training Program

Many car manufacturers, like Nissan or Tesla, offer training programs specifically designed for their electric vehicle models. These programs equip technicians with in-depth knowledge of the manufacturer's unique EV systems and repair protocols.

 

For example, Nissan offers a free 2-week Skills Bootcamp in Electric Vehicle Component Manufacturing. This program is part of the Government's Lifetime Skills Guarantee and is designed to help people gain the skills they need to work in the electric vehicle industry. The bootcamp will cover topics such as introduction to workshop management, Nissan strategy and carbon neutrality, operations management, practical hand skills, electric vehicle training, environmental awareness, and interview and application support.

4 - Get Mentored By Existing EV Technicians

Shadowing qualified EV technicians in a workshop can provide valuable practical experience and insights. This can be particularly beneficial for mechanics transitioning from traditional vehicles to EVs.

 

Of course, to gain practical experience and refine your newly acquired skills, you'll ideally find yourself placed in a company with experienced EV technicians.  This is where partnering with a training provider like Network Training Partnership becomes particularly advantageous.

 

Network Training Partnership leverages its network of partners to offer ongoing support in finding you a suitable role within the EV industry upon completion of your training. This ensures a smooth transition from learning to earning, allowing you to put your newfound knowledge to work in a real-world setting.

The landscape of the automotive industry is undeniably shifting towards electric vehicles. This presents a unique opportunity for individuals seeking a fulfilling career path within a dynamic and rapidly growing field. By pursuing the qualifications outlined in this guide, you'll not only equip yourself with the necessary skills to thrive as an EV technician, but you'll also contribute to a more sustainable future for transportation.

Our EV & HybridAWARE Course trains delegates on the basics of Electric Vehicles, including identifying the key components of the EV & Hybrid side, and how to power up and power down these systems safely.

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Gary Tucker, Managing Director of Network Training Partnership

Awarded the 'Outstanding Contribution to the Motor Industry' by the Institute of the Motor Industry at their 2020 Centenary Awards and a finalist in the Talent in Logistics Industry Ambassador Awards 2020.

A dynamic, entrepreneurial personality and strategic leader with a proactive attitude and history of proven success within the Military and Commercial sectors. Can be relied upon to always produce outstanding results in exceptionally high-pressure situations.