Electric Drive Vehicle Technician | St. Clair College
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Program Code: T132
Status: Open
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Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Winter 2024 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Contact:
Dillon MacLachlan
519-972-2727 ext. 4362

Program Overview

This diploma program will prepare a student for a career as an Electric Vehicle Technician in the maintenance, service and repair of electric vehicles (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEV). The first year of this program will introduce students to the aspects of electric vehicle theoretical and practical fundamentals. Upon completion of the first year, the student will obtain a certificate in Electric Vehicle Fundamentals and may choose to seek employment in the industry as a service maintenance helper or enter an apprenticeship program. The student may also continue into the 2nd year and obtain the Electric Vehicle Technician diploma.

In the second year of the program, the student's theoretical knowledge and practical skills will be enhanced with a focus on topics such as EV powertrains, energy storage systems, electric machines, power electronic modules, thermal management systems, power and digital electronics, electric vehicle sensors/actuators, electric vehicle low-voltage/high-voltage charging, and electric vehicle computer network communication. This will enable the student to apply problem-solving strategies associated with software, firmware and hardware used in automotive electric vehicle architecture.

Students will be engaged in project-based learning and extensive hands-on experience and interpersonal skills development through practical learning experiences in conjunction with local community partners. Students will also be engaged in a work placement component in the 3rd semester of the program with local employers.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion, graduates may find employment opportunities in Automotive Service Technician (NOC 7321) or Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician (NOC 2241) occupational areas.

According to Canada Job Bank trend analysis, the employment demand over the period of 2019-2028 will range from Fair to Good both NOC 7321 and NOC 2241 occupations. The majority of job openings are projected to arise from employment growth and retirements, as well as transition to more efficient and environmentally responsible means of transportation.

Some examples of employment opportunities for graduates from this program will be in the area of connected vehicles, the autonomous vehicle, cybersecurity, and electrified powertrains. Positions could be focused on: Service/Repair and testing EV systems and subsystems, local charging systems infrastructure implementation/repair, ICE to EV conversions, and maintenance and repair of EV systems. Some examples of employers are PEM Motion, RIMAC, Ettractive, Potential Motors, MTB Transit, and major OEMs (Ford/Stellantis/Honda/Toyota).

Laddering Opportunities

Students coming from the Electrified Vehicle Fundamentals programs would ladder well into this program and students may possibly enter a motive power apprenticeship upon graduation.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level, plus:

  • Grade 11 Math (C) or (U)

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
EVT100
Vehicle Fundamentals
2
EVT103
Applied Vehicle Fundamentals
2
EVT104
Automotive Operation
2
EVT107
Applied Automotive Operation
3
EVT110
Electronic and eDrive Technology I
5
EVT112
Applied Lab Electronic and eDrive Technology I
5
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
EVT200
Arduino Microcontroller Basics
6
EVT210
Electronic and eDrive Technology II
5
EVT212
Applied Lab Electronic and eDrive Technology II
5
EVT206
SAE Level 1 Electrified Transportation
2
EVT209
Applied SAE Level 1 Electrified Transportation
3
EVT201
Professional Development For The Transportation Industry
1
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
EVT300
Auto Service Operation Placement
5
EVT310
Electronic And eDrive Technology III
3
EVT312
Applied Electronic And eDrive Technology III
3
EVT306
Electric Vehicle Battery Technology
3
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
EVT410
Electronic And eDrive Technology IV
4
EVT412
Applied Electronic And eDrive Technology IV
3
EVT400
Electric Vehicle Build Capstone
6
EVT406
SAE Level 2 Electrified Transportation
2
EVT409
Applied SAE Level 2 Electrified Transportation
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2023-2024 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Electric Drive Vehicle Technician (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 56405)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Analyze, diagnose, and solve various faults in motive vehicle electrical systems in compliance with manufacturing specifications.
  2. Diagnose and repair climate control and HVAC systems, and electrical, electronic, and personal safety components in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
  3. Identify, inspect, and conduct tests on basic engine systems, drive train systems, suspension, steering and brake systems on both internal combustion powertrain and electrified vehicles to manufacturers' recommendations.
  4. Select, disassemble and assemble electrified vehicle components to the required specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  5. Select and use a variety of troubleshooting techniques and equipment to assemble, test, assess, analyze, modify and solve technical problems using AC/DC electronic circuits, instrumentation, and subsystems, while preparing and interpreting electrical schematics to fulfill requirements and specifications.
  6. Document and communicate service and technical information such as repair or part requirements to improve customer service.
  7. Assist in quality control and quality assurance programs and procedures.
  8. Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth, job performance, and work relationships.
  9. Complete work on electrified vehicles and components ethically and in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law, policies, and codes.
  10. Install, test, and troubleshoot telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  11. Code, build, and apply electronic circuits using a programmable logic controller according to manufacturers' recommendations.
  12. Perform fault retrieval, fault identification, and troubleshooting on electric drive systems using appropriate diagnostic equipment.