Emerging Technician Jobs In The Electric Vehicle Market

Emerging Technician Jobs In The Electric Vehicle Market

Tue, 12/13/2022 - 11:19

The spectrum of job opportunities opening up in the Electric Vehicle Industry is very broad. It will take hardworking technicians of many types to propel the industry into the 2030s, when governments plan to eliminate new gas power vehicles completely. Car companies will require workers in their factories to build and put on the road approximately 19 million cars in the US by 2030. All new car sales in Canada will be electric by 2035. Thousands of trained EV automotive service technicians will be needed to maintain and repair these vehicles as they break down, require service and come off of warrantee. An army of workers and techs will be required to build, install and maintain the vast charging station networks required to power the expanding world of electric vehicles.

Here are some of the leading jobs categories, along with skills and experience requirements that typical employers are looking for now.

EV jobs for Auto Mechanics

Auto Mechanics

Graduates of our program who have a background as an auto mechanic will generally find employment in EV dealerships where vehicles are brought to be serviced by the manufacturer, or they may work in independent vehicle service facilities where they may be required to work on a variety of EVs from different manufacturers.  EV technicians not only repair EVs but they are also employed by companies who design and manufacture EVs.  These vehicles include everything from E-bikes to electric golf carts to automobiles to large trucks and buses

A sample of responsibilities of these jobs include

  • Install and validate parts & components on engineering electric vehicles
  • Provide feedback to design engineers related to Bill of Materials, installation, validation, accessibility and maintainability issues.
  • Support in-house or field testing of both low and high voltage DC electronics
  • Perform simple electrical assembly (i.e. wiring, connectors, circuit boards)
  • Support electric vehicle troubleshooting and testing
  • Assist engineering team lead in diagnosing failures during vehicle testing and provide back solutions to the team
  • Assisting technician team with service and repair of electrical, mechanical, and integration issues on electric vehicles and their equipment

EV jobs for Electricians

As electric vehicle sales increase there will be a corresponding investment in EV charging networks; public, commercial and residential and a increase demand for Electricians to install, service and repair them. Electricians and electrical technicians who complete our program can find employment installing, servicing and maintaining EV charging stations.  These stations may be situated in commercial facilities such as parking garages or may be located on the roadside of major roads, as well as interstate highways. EV technicians who work on commercial chargers are responsible for the onsite repair and maintenance of EV charging stations in a specific geographic region, including but not limited to site safety, electrical system maintenance/repair, site field reports, and other duties as required to maintain and operate the site as specified by the employer. 

A sample of responsibilities of these jobs include

  • Terminate both high and low voltage equipment and cable/wiring, and build automotive-style wire harnesses
  • Assemble, test, and troubleshoot electrical systems for a variety of EV applications
  • Perform OEM testing, repairs, and upgrades/ revisions to a broad range of charging equipment, ranging from Level 2 EV chargers to DC Fast Chargers
  • Troubleshoot EV charger performance issues and locate/isolate ground faults
  • Perform testing on EV components and devices, including but not limited to; insulation testing (megger testing), thermal imagery, torque tests, and performance evaluations
  • Work closely with the Planning and Scheduling team to ensure maintenance schedules are adhered to and work orders are completed accurately and on time
  • Conduct site safety assessments and identify all safety hazards on the job site, properly generate and complete JHA, LOTO, and other safety-related documentation as per OSHA and site-specific requirements
  • Perform installation, corrective maintenance, preventative maintenance, and software updates on EV charging units of various makes and models
  • Perform component level diagnostics, utilizing laptop, DMM, phase meters, and other tools, to diagnose failed units and determine required repairs
  • Review charging station site manuals and drawings to ensure proper service and maintenance of equipment

EV jobs for workers with general experience but not Auto Mechanic or Electrician

There are a wide range of employment opportunities for graduates of our program who have general experience but no prior background in the automotive or electrical industries.  These are often entry-level positions and in many cases the companies provide on-the-job training on specific products and services that they provide.  For these positions, the purpose of our program is to demonstrate to prospective employers that our graduates have achieved a level of knowledge and competency that will enable them to be a productive employee that is capable of learning even more complex tasks, and that they have achieved a fundamental understanding of safety procedures, problem solving, and troubleshooting techniques. 

A sample of responsibilities of these jobs include

  • Assemble sub-systems up to EV builds and maintaining strict adherence to sequence of operation, quality standards and work instruction(s)
  • Perform quality inspections and tests on EVs as required
  • Maintain company provided tools and equipment secured and in good working condition
  • Ensure that the shop is in excellent condition regarding cleanliness, safety, and equipment condition to minimize production down time and support Lean Manufacturing Initiatives
  • Apply sound problem-solving skills to achieve high quality standards for internal customers in a fast-paced work environment with minimal supervision
  • Builds and assembles mechanical components for EV prototypes and customer samples
  • Performs wiring and installation of electrical systems for commercial vehicle (both low and high voltage)
  • Maintains inventory of consumable components and requests re-stocking
  • Follows prescribed instructions to conduct various manual procedures
  • Utilizes electrical measurement equipment and documents results
  • Diagnose e-bikes and perform repair/replacement of motors, control electronics and batteries
  • Support the commissioning, modification, and repair of electric and hydrogen-electric vehicles in the Vehicle Engineering garage at the company's newly equipped garage

For more info about our EV program please contact a Program Consultants toll-free at 1-888-553-5333 or email us at info@gbctechtraining.com.  


Submitted by Adam Bilal (not verified) on Sun, 01/01/2023 - 19:56


I am a Pakistani resident and highly interested in the EV Technician program. The industry is at its juvenile stage in Pakistan. What are the perspectives of jobs and support from the college to secure a job in Canada, after graduating from the program. Kindly advice.

Thank you.

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