Hybrid Electric Vehicle Course Attracts Students Australia-wide

With the Federal Government recently announcing a $50.2 million investment in an ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging network on Australian highways, support for hybrid and electric vehicles (HEVs) in Australia has reached new heights.  

The attention currently being given to HEVs has not gone unnoticed by car manufacturers, with a record number of new HEV models rolling off the assembly line and into car dealerships around Australia. 

As the largest private provider of automotive apprenticeships and training in Queensland, the MTA Institute (RTO no. 31529) has long been aware that a significant part of the future of the automotive industry will be centred around HEV technology. 

The MTA Institute commenced the accredited AURSS00037 – Hybrid Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set course in 2018, aimed at technicians seeking to stay ahead of the new technology. 

Paul Kulpa, General Manager for the MTA Institute said, “We understand the importance of providing accredited HEV training to automotive professionals and businesses preparing for the future and looking to adapt to new market trends. 

“Mastering the latest technology is complicated and dangerous, its not something you can learn on the job, so its crucial for automotive professionals to complete the accredited course and gain the necessary skills before attempting to inspect or service a HEV.” 

This belief is evidently shared by many in the automotive industry, with the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set course growing in popularity. 

Since its inception, enrollments for the three-day course have come from automotive professionals around the country, as well as two from Singapore, demonstrating MTA Institute’s standing as a leader in training not just in Queensland, but nation-wide. 

Among the participants in the most recent course was Piero Pagano, who travelled to the MTA Institute from Perth where he runs Delta Autospark, an auto-electrical mechanical workshop. 

“I came over here to the MTA Institute because Western Australia doesn’t offer the education and training that we need to learn about hybrid cars,” he said. 

We’re at the stage where you can only gain by learning more in the trade, and we are at the point where we’re seeing hybrids – in taxis and a few various clients have got hybrid cars – and we know nothing about them. And I’m thinking, I’ve got to go somewhere, I’ve got to learn something. 

“So, I ended up here at the MTA Institute, and it’s been a great couple of days of learning.” 

Brenton George, a mechanic from Premier Auto Electrics in Perth who works predominantly on trucks and earthmoving vehicles, also travelled across the country to take part in the course. 

“Where I’m from, you can do stuff online, but its not Australian certified, whereas the course offered here is an accredited course,” said George.  

“In the trucking industry, companies are going into EVs and bringing them across, so we’ve been looking for training opportunities to do with de-powering and reinitialisation and the general overview of how electrics work.” 

As part of the course, learners are educated in how to diagnose and repair high voltage rechargeable energy storage systems in HEVs, a concept that can be completely foreign to professionals who have plied their trade exclusively on petrol and diesel powered vehicles. 

“Learning the nuts and bolts of pulling apart a battery pack and inverters has been really forward thinking,” said Pagano. 

“There are no stupid questions.” 

The Hybrid Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skills course is run over three-days and is provided by MTA Institute regularly throughout the year. It provides students the fundamental requirements for inspecting and servicing HEV systems and components in the automotive service and repair industry. 

“The MTA Institute is committed to our role as a leader of automotive training and we will continue to develop and provide future accredited courses designed for EVs and additional alternative fuel options to ensure automotive professionals are prepared for the future,” said Mr Kulpa. 

For more information on the AURSS00037 – Hybrid Electric Vehicle Inspection and Servicing Skill Set course click here.