Demand for skilled EV technicians is soaring, and forward-looking technical schools are moving quickly to update their curricula. Universal Technical Institute (UTI), an automotive-focused technical school with locations in nine states, has selected Bosch to support the development of new courseware covering battery-electric vehicles for students enrolled in the school’s automotive technician training programs.
UTI’s overall EV strategy also includes enhancing and offering new EV certifications in some of its manufacturer-specific advanced training (MSAT) programs.
The new courseware builds on the hybrid and EV training enhancements already deployed at UTI’s three California campuses in Sacramento, Rancho Cucamonga and Long Beach. The course introduces high-voltage vehicle operation, explains EV components, operation, diagnosis and service, reviews electronic principles, and provides training in EV system operation and testing.
The new EV courseware is expected to be piloted at UTI’s Sacramento campus in the fall of 2022.
“UTI has been working with major automotive industry leaders like Bosch for decades to develop technician training that evolves to meet the ongoing needs of the transportation industry,” said UTI CEO Jerome Grant. “Bosch has been at the forefront of some of these new technologies, and we are proud to be working with them to ensure our students continue to receive the industry-aligned training and tools they need to prepare for a lifelong, rewarding career.”
“The demand for electric vehicles is quickly rising, and yet many technicians are not prepared to service these newer types of vehicles,” said Shawn Dupuie, Fixed Operations and Training Solutions Manager at Bosch North America. “Bosch is continually looking for ways to provide the industry with the tools and knowledge necessary to keep up with new technologies.”
Source: Universal Technical Institute