TACC And TasTAFE To Provide EV Technician Training

The Tasmanian Automotive Chamber of Commerce (TACC) is working with TasTAFE to deliver battery electric vehicle (BEV) training in Tasmania.

The onset of electric vehicles means many automotive businesses will come into contact with potentially dangerous systems that require a thorough knowledge of automotive mechanics, electrical systems, and safety precautions.

To prepare for this, the TACC has designed nationally-accredited course content to ensure the safety of automotive industry personnel. It is also donating learning resources, vehicles, equipment, and safety gear that is current and relative to industry needs.

Hosted by TasTAFE at its Alanvale Campus in Launceston, and the Southern Central Trade Training Centre at Bridgewater, the one-day courses will concentrate on BEV safety awareness, including workshop set-up and disconnect / reconnect procedures, running until mid-November.

The Automotive Electric Vehicle Training – Stage 1 course is for people working in the automotive industry, including service and repair sector technicians, towing operators, and vehicle dismantlers.

“It’s great to be working with TasTAFE on this important project. TACC operates the largest automotive group training scheme in Tasmania and has had a long-running relationship with TasTAFE,” said TACC State Manager Bruce McIntosh.

“With electric cars having up to 800 volts, the risk of injury is very real. It’s imperative all automotive industry trades and personnel working on these vehicles know how to operate safely so they can service and repair these vehicles correctly and deliver them safely back to motorists who, in turn, can trust in their own safety.”

TasTAFE CEO Grant Dreher said TasTAFE is pleased to be working with the TACC to provide electric vehicle training.

“With digitisation and the increased popularity and demand for electric vehicles in recent years, the industry is moving at a rapid pace. This training is a great way for TasTAFE and TACC to support the emerging needs of the automotive industry and ensure people have the skills they need as the transition to electric vehicles increases,” Dreher said.