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More electric vehicles on roads and streets mean more of them will eventually need some attention at local workshops.

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So a unique partnership that has invested US$1 million in the training of current and prospective technicians is already starting to pay off in Cornwall.

“Technicians need to learn newer technologies,” said Saifullah Sanaye, the director of automotive education at St Lawrence College’s Cornwall campus. “These are no longer Grandma and Grandpa’s vehicles.”

An EV battery in the Innovation in Automotive Training area of ​​the SLC automotive division.  Photo taken on Wednesday November 2, 2022, in Cornwall, Ontario.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network
An EV battery in the Innovation in Automotive Training area of ​​the SLC automotive division. Photo taken on Wednesday November 2, 2022, in Cornwall, Ontario. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton /Todd Hambleton/Standard owner

The SLC automotive division is just one driver of two ongoing programs – the college is where the training takes place, with technicians from across the region attending.

The partnership includes the Ottawa-based Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada), funded by Employment Ontario Skills Development Funding, and both the federal and provincial governments.

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The Innovation in Automotive training program has a motto, Take Charge of Your Career, and SLC’s Sanaye – he is a leader in Ottawa’s automotive community, where he is known as an expert in advanced vehicle diagnostics, particularly in the area of ​​hybrid diagnostics – and electric vehicles. a 310 automotive service technician for over 12 years and owner of an auto repair shop – developed the curriculum.

An electric motor in the “Innovation in Automotive” training area at SLC.  Photo taken on Wednesday November 2, 2022, in Cornwall, Ontario.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network
An electric motor in the “Innovation in Automotive” training area at SLC. Photo taken on Wednesday November 2, 2022, in Cornwall, Ontario. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton /Todd Hambleton/Standard owner

He said it came about fairly quickly, in about three months, and the actual training, which started in September, is going well.

“I think it’s working great,” said Sanaye. “The feedback we’re getting is incredible.”

There are actually two classes in Cornwall including the Job Seekers Scheme which aims to allow people to explore automotive careers with a focus on the emerging maintenance and repair needs for electric and hybrid vehicles.

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AIA Canada’s Beth Steel, the project coordinator for Innovation in Automotive Training, who worked closely with Sanaye to deliver the program, said participants not only learn about the traditional sides of vehicle maintenance and repair, such as tires and brakes, but also each other this is addressed by the new diagnostic tools and systems required for today’s automobiles, such as B. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and the batteries and electronics that are part of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Saifullah Sanaye, the head of automotive education at St Lawrence College's campus in Cornwall, with some of the technician's tools next to a Hyundai Kona course that students are using for the training.  Photo taken on Wednesday November 2, 2022, in Cornwall, Ontario.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network
Saifullah Sanaye, the head of automotive education at St Lawrence College’s campus in Cornwall, with some of the technician’s tools next to a Hyundai Kona course that students are using for the training. Photo taken on Wednesday November 2, 2022, in Cornwall, Ontario. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton /Todd Hambleton/Standard owner

The training is free and the first group of 10 participants is halfway through the seven week program with the next block starting in January.

There is also a pioneering electric vehicle qualification program for licensed automotive technicians already in the trade. It is free for participants and has registered nine in the first group, which will have completed all eight study modules by the end of November.

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There are upcoming recording dates of November 18 and December 2, and Steel said funding is available through the end of March.

“It’s very intense, it’s not basic (skills),” said Sanaye. “Some technicians may have been in this field for decades, but they need this training.”

Steel said that Level 3+ licensed technicians and trainees “are exposed to the real-world problems that they will see in a workshop environment. The continuing education program has been designed with modules that can be taken as standalone modules or as a full course. Multiple offers through March mean stores can bypass their business needs to allow auto technician/apprentice participation.”

There's not that much under the hood of a Hyundai Kona, mainly an on-board charger, an inverter/converter and an electric motor.  Photo taken on Wednesday November 2, 2022, in Cornwall, Ontario.  Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network
There’s not that much under the hood of a Hyundai Kona, mainly an on-board charger, an inverter/converter and an electric motor. Photo taken on Wednesday November 2, 2022, in Cornwall, Ontario. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo by Todd Hambleton /Todd Hambleton/Standard owner

Steel said the launch and safety module, as well as the modules on the low-voltage systems and high-voltage battery, will be useful for technicians working in both the collision and mechanical fields. Other systems studied include network communications, HVAC, and motors and controls, among others.

Sanaye spoke of a deal being all-in in the region.

“The owner closes the shop every Friday and Saturday for his crew to study here,” Sanaye said. “That is devotion.”

For more information on innovation in automotive training, Steel can be reached at 613-246-4078 or beth.steel@aiacanada.com, or visit ev-training.ca.

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