Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island — Holland College in Charlottetown, P.E.I, is offering a short-term subsidy course in electric vehicle maintenance. The five-day course is recommended for experienced mechanics and tuition is covered by the provincial government’s National College Fund.
Craig Roche, program manager, says the goal is to give mechanics a greater comfort level in working with EVs. The course focuses on charging and cooling systems, and identifies different battery types and their separations.
There is a six-hour online component module that must be completed before the 30-hour classroom/shop training period, according to Holland College’s website.
“Upon completion of this training, technicians will have the skills and confidence to help maintain and service the growing EV market on Prince Edward Island,” reads the college’s course description.
Midtown Auto Repair owner Matt Thomson told Pi News that he has been hoping for a course like this to help his employees on the island.
“We’re very aware we need to have that skill set,” he said. “If you want to stay in the industry, you’re going to have to have it.”
Registration for the course is open now; three classes of eight students each are slated for the end of March.