As the demand for electric vehicles (EVs) continues to surge, so is the demand for technicians who can service them and install and maintain charging stations. George Brown College now offers a fully online program to train these sought-after professionals in the field.
The new EV Technician certificate program launches in September 2022. Students can start the program at any time and complete the courses at their own pace — a great option for working professionals like automotive mechanics or electricians looking to upgrade their skills. The program takes approximately 32 weeks of part-time study to complete, and while mechanics and electricians may move through the materials faster, anyone can enroll, and no technical experience is necessary.
Colin Simpson, Dean of George Brown’s Centre for Continuous Learning, says the college’s approach to this program makes it unique in North America right now.
“Students learn to diagnose, service, and repair EVs using state-of-the-art simulation technology and multimedia learning materials. This program also includes a significant focus on the installation and maintenance of EV charging stations — a vital part of the industry,” Simpson said.
“With this program, we’re making in-depth EV education available to students in any location with internet access. We also provide real-time program-specific student support seven days a week by phone, email or online forum.”
George Brown continues its strong track record of delivering fully online technical training. Other certificate programs, include Automation Technician, Electronics Technician, Electromechanical Technician, PLC Technician and Robotics Technician.
Great opportunities in a growing industry
The booming EV market provides a great opportunity for people looking to complement their education and experience or to make a career shift into this exciting emerging industry.
It’s estimated that 25 per cent of vehicles sold by 2025 will have electric motors. The city of Toronto plans to install up to 500 EV charging stations in existing buildings, Green P parking lots, and city-owned properties and facilities by 2024.