Ford Motor Company and Universal Technical Institute (UTI) are collaborating to roll out a new program to train students to service and work on electric vehicles.
UTI is rolling out a new curriculum in its Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT) program. With substantial increases in EV purchases and ownership in 2021 and forecasts of significant additional growth over the coming decades, the need for EV-trained automotive technicians will only increase over the next few years. Ford’s FACT program and UTI plan to train students in the art of maintaining high-voltage batteries and electric vehicles, as they will become essential to Ford’s business model in the years to come.
The Ford EV program will include blended learning courses on high voltage system safety, hybrid vehicle components and operation, battery electric vehicle (BEV) components and operation, and an introduction to high voltage battery service , as well as a Ford instructor-led course on the hybrid. and electric vehicle operation and diagnostics, UTI said in a statement.
“Ford has worked with UTI for more than 20 years to ensure our students receive industry-leading training to prepare them for rewarding, lifelong careers in the transportation industry,” said UTI CEO Jerome Grant. about new additions to the program. . “Demand for our graduates remains strong, and by staying at the forefront of new technologies like electric vehicles, we are building the workforce of tomorrow and providing automakers like Ford with the skilled technicians they need to thrive. adapt to consumer demand.
Ford will send a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle to each campus in the program, which is currently available at nine of the fourteen UTI campuses. The PHEV will be a necessity for students receiving practical training, which will eventually lead to the acquisition of certification in high voltage systems. There will be eleven other certifications required to successfully complete the program, with three additional certification pathways that will require attendance at Ford’s training center.
The nine campuses are:
- Avondale, AZ
- Bloomfield, New Jersey
- Exton, Pennsylvania
- Houston, TX
- Lisle, IL
- Mooresville, North Carolina
- Orlando, Florida
- Rancho Cucamonga, California
- Sacramento, California
The course will last 15 weeks and students are immediately eligible to enroll in the FACT program after completing the basic automotive or diesel programs of a UTI. More than 25,000 students have graduated since the program began in 1999.
“Ford has invested in building a network of qualified technicians for years, and our alliance with Universal Technical Institute allows us to do this through the Ford FACT program,” said Elizabeth Tarquinto, Ford technical support operations manager. “The enhancements we are making to the program ensure that Ford and Lincoln dealerships across the country will be able to find certified technicians ready to work on the vehicles of the future and help them meet consumer demand for vehicle service. hybrid and electric.
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