Skills required to service HEV and alternative fueled vehicles extend well beyond a normal automotive technician’s skill set. High voltage electric motors, batteries, generators, high voltage inverters, and convertors are a partial list of components not found on a typical vehicle that are found on every hybrid or electric vehicle. The skills required to effectively diagnose and service these vehicles involve increased depth of understanding of high voltage circuits, power generation, power storage devices, voltage and current inversion. Additionally, servicing these vehicles requires training regarding specialized safety precautions, use of specialized high voltage test equipment, and highly specialized diagnostic skills.
The increasing demand for specialized HEV service technicians, current lack of local training, and shortage of qualified personnel, will make completers of this program very employable.
The highly technical nature and danger associated with servicing these vehicles, specialized training required, and increased demand should result in above average earnings potential in this field.