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.
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).
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.
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.
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
|Arduino Microcontroller Basics
|Electronic and eDrive Technology II
|Applied Lab Electronic and eDrive Technology II
|SAE Level 1 Electrified Transportation
|Applied SAE Level 1 Electrified Transportation
|Professional Development For The Transportation Industry
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:
- Analyze, diagnose, and solve various faults in motive vehicle electrical systems in compliance with manufacturing specifications.
- Diagnose and repair climate control and HVAC systems, and electrical, electronic, and personal safety components in compliance with manufacturers' recommendations.
- 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.
- Select, disassemble and assemble electrified vehicle components to the required specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
- 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.
- Document and communicate service and technical information such as repair or part requirements to improve customer service.
- Assist in quality control and quality assurance programs and procedures.
- Develop and use personal and professional strategies and plans to improve professional growth, job performance, and work relationships.
- Complete work on electrified vehicles and components ethically and in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law, policies, and codes.
- Install, test, and troubleshoot telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
- Code, build, and apply electronic circuits using a programmable logic controller according to manufacturers' recommendations.
- Perform fault retrieval, fault identification, and troubleshooting on electric drive systems using appropriate diagnostic equipment.