The Automotive Industry in Australia is undergoing a dramatic change. Right at the forefront of this change is the rise of Electric Vehicles. As more and more Australians move to prioritise sustainability and purchase electric vehicles, the demand for maintenance and servicing of electric vehicles are rising to unthinkable levels.
With this ever-growing surge there is a massive rush to train and hire new electric vehicle skilled mechanics in Australia. You might be thinking… How can I become an electric car mechanic in Australia?
Workshop Mate has put together the comprehensive guide to becoming an Electric Car Mechanic in Australia and what you need to do.
Let’s get into it.
1. The Educational Foundation: Laying the Groundwork for Excellence
The first step to becoming an electric car mechanic in Australia is education. Like everything, you will need to learn the ins and outs of servicing and maintaining electric cars as they will greatly differ to your regular petrol and diesel vehicles.
I am sure you are thinking, do I need a degree to be an electric car mechanic? The short answer is no, however, to build your knowledge and familiarity with electric cars you should consider enrolling in an automotive program at TAFE. TAFE courses will equip you with all the knowledge you need to service and repair all types of electric vehicles successfully and more importantly safely.
2. Gaining Hands On Experience
Yes, education is important but the only way that you are going to learn and understand the ins and outs of servicing and maintaining Electric Cars is by gaining hands on experience. There are a number of ways that you can do this, firstly if you enrol in a Tafe course you will gain hands on experience. However, another popular way to gain experience is by applying for an apprenticeship with a current electric car mechanic. Doing this will help you gain the knowledge and hands of experience of what is needed to service and maintain Electric Cars.
3. Gaining the Relevant Certifications
To give yourself the best opportunity to gain employment as an Electric Car Mechanic it is best and always recommended that you gain all the relevant certifications. Gaining the relevant certifications not only shows that you know what you are doing it shows that you have gone above and beyond to understand everything about the job you are looking to undertake.
The main certificate that most electric car mechanics will hold is the Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology. To take it one step further, another certificate that you should look to gain an Automotive Air Conditioning (AAC) Handling License as most Electric Vehicles in Australia need servicing or repairs for their sophisticated air conditioning systems.
4. Continuous Learning
One of the biggest problems but most exciting things about the Electric Vehicle industry is it is continuously evolving. We are only just scratching the surface when it comes to Electric Vehicle technology, can you imagine where we will be in 5 years?
With that being said, the only way that you will be able to be a successful electric vehicle mechanic is by constantly continuing your learning and education. Stay on top of the latest trends and releases in the industry. The more you stay on top of electric vehicle technology, the better you will be when it comes to servicing and maintaining vehicles.
5. Mastering Electric Vehicle-Specific Skills
While there are some similarities between servicing and repairing petrol cars and electric cars, you will need to realise that there are many unique skills that you need familiarise yourself with that only apply to electric vehicle servicing and maintenance.
For example, some of the unique skills that you will need to have to service and repair electric vehicles can include, battery management, diagnosing electric vehicle specific issues and handling high voltage systems which are not applicable on other car types.
6. Building Bridges in the Industry
Once you understand the ins and outs of electric car servicing and maintenance it’s time for you to carve a reputation and build your presence in the industry. Start to reach out to local workshop seeking opportunities in the field. Talk about your experience, knowledge, and drive to learn. As the industry continues to explode, there are and will continuously be an abundance of electric vehicle mechanic positions available no matter where you live in Australia.
Electric Vehicle maintenance is an industry that is only going to keep growing. If you are looking to become an electric vehicle mechanic, the 6 tips presented are proven ways you can get your foot in the industry and set yourself up for a successful career.
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