How to Safely Work on EVs: Essential Training, Proper Equipment, and Expert Tips

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more common on the roads, and as a result, more technicians are being called upon to work on them. While working on EVs can be a rewarding experience, it’s important to approach it safely to avoid accidents or injuries. In this article, we’ll cover three key areas for safely working on EVs: essential training, proper equipment, and expert tips.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for proper training and equipment. Always follow proper safety procedures and guidelines when working on EVs.

Essential Training for Safe EV Maintenance and Repair

Proper training is crucial for safely working on EVs. This includes understanding the unique characteristics and components of EVs, as well as the proper procedures for handling and working on them. There are several resources available for technicians who want to learn more about EVs, including:

  • Manufacturer training programs: Many EV manufacturers offer training programs for technicians to learn about their specific makes and models. These programs can be in-person or online, and often include hands-on training.
  • Vocational schools: Vocational schools often offer courses on working on EVs, covering topics such as electrical systems, battery maintenance, and diagnostic procedures.
  • Professional organizations: Professional organizations, such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), offer certification programs for technicians who want to specialize in working on EVs.

Proper Equipment for Safe EV Service

Using the right equipment is essential for safely working on EVs. This includes having the necessary tools and personal protective equipment (PPE). Some specific items to consider include:

  • Insulated tools: EVs use high voltage systems, so it’s important to use tools that are specifically designed for use on these systems. This includes insulated hand tools and torque wrenches.
  • Protective clothing: When working on EVs, it’s important to wear protective clothing to prevent electrical shock. This can include items such as flame-resistant overalls, gloves, and boots.
  • Ventilation: EVs contain high-voltage batteries, which can produce hazardous gases if damaged. It’s important to have proper ventilation in the work area to prevent the build-up of these gases.

Expert Tips for Safe EV Repair

Here are a few additional tips for safely working on EVs:

  • Follow manufacturer guidelines: Always follow the manufacturer’s recommended procedures and guidelines when working on EVs. These guidelines can be found in the owner’s manual or online.
  • Disconnect the battery: Before working on any high-voltage system, it’s important to disconnect the battery to prevent electrical shock. Make sure to follow proper procedures for disconnecting the battery, as outlined by the manufacturer.
  • Use a voltage tester: When working on high-voltage systems, it’s important to use a voltage tester to ensure that the system is de-energized before proceeding.

By following these guidelines and using the right training, equipment, and techniques, technicians can safely and effectively work on EVs.

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GTCC Aims to Address Automotive Technician Shortage

GTCC Aims to Address Automotive Technician Shortage

GREENSBORO, N.C. — There is a nationwide shortage of automotive technicians, which is causing repair times to be longer.

What You Need To Know
The number of graduates completing programs in the automotive sector has dropped 20% since 2020
Most people working in the automotive industry are over the age of 55
Derek Morehead is a first-year student at Guilford Technical Community College
Derek Morehead’s high school automotive class helped determine his future in the automotive industry. He says he took it for fun then shortly fell in love with it.

But these automotive classes aren’t widely available.

“There’s not as many automotive programs and high schools as there used to be. However, from what I’m seeing and hearing is that’s going to make a comeback not only in the automotive sector, but also other aspects of career and technical education like carpentry, electronics and things like that, which is fantastic,” said Guilford Technical Community College Department Chair Jeff Faircloth.

The number of graduates completing programs in the automotive sector has dropped 20% since 2020, according to TechForce Foundation, a nonprofit that guides students into careers as professional technicians.

Now, a first-year student at Guilford Tech, Morehead gets to turn his passion into a career.

“Being able to see what I’m learning actually does matter when I go to work,”
Morehead said. “It definitely makes me more engaged in class acts and more questions.”

Working part-time at Mercedes helps him apply what he’s learned in class.

“It’s nice having to go to school and work at the same time. So like whenever I’m at work, if I don’t understand something, I always can come here and like get a deeper explanation of it than what I could get at work,” Morehead said.

Faircloth added the goal of the automotive program at GTCC is to get students jobs in the industry and help the local economy, as well as help the students be successful.

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