As auto companies ramp up plans for more electric vehicles, the schools training the technicians who will work on these vehicles are shifting gears to prepare them for a world of electrification.
Preparing a new cohort of technicians for an industry that will be dominated by EVs, however, won't be as simple as flipping a switch.
Student technicians and apprentices will still need to know the fundamentals of auto repair and how to work on internal-combustion engines. Moreover, "electrification" at some manufacturers will mean more hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles in the near term instead of a slew of battery EVs. And the number of EVs coming into dealerships for service will be relatively small for at least the next few years, so most of that work will be done by seasoned master technicians.
The tech of the future, though, will need a solid foundation in electricity and electronics, be as comfortable working with both a laptop and a wrench, and be able to follow complex diagnostic charts to find and fix problems in EVs.