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New course will train heavy duty mechanics in battery-electric vehicle maintenance

Cambrian College in Sudbury will start offering the course this fall
Cambrian College in Sudbury will offer a course teaching battery-electric vehicle maintenance to heavy duty equipment technicians. (Supplied photo/Cambrian College)

Cambrian College in Sudbury has developed a course to train heavy duty equipment technicians in fixing battery-electric vehicles (BEVs).

The course, offered through the school’s corporate training division, is geared toward employees already working in the mining sector.

“An often overlooked, yet critical component, in the adoption of new techniques and technologies in the mining sector is ensuring the workforce is adequately trained,” said Stephen Gravel, manager of Cambrian R&D’s Centre for Smart Mining, in a Sept. 17 news release.

“A major barrier to getting new technologies like BEVs into mines is the lack of familiarity and comfort among heavy duty equipment technicians in the field.

"The Centre for Smart Mining is looking to address this problem through targeted technology upskilling in a number of important high-tech areas, the first of which being BEVs.”

Areas covered by the course include fundamentals of battery electric vehicle safety, introduction to battery electric mobile equipment, introduction to battery electric vehicle communication and troubleshooting, and practical battery electric vehicle training.

The course will begin this fall.

This is the second such course to be offered in Sudbury.

Collège Boréal announced last February it would offer a course in battery-electric vehicle maintenance, in conjunction with Mayhew Performance, starting this fall.