Brookdale Community College’s Automotive Technology Department and the STEM Institute will start incorporating EV technology into their courses so graduates will be better prepared to maintain and repair the vehicles.
The New Jersey college received federal funding to buy a Chevy Spark that will be used in the department laboratories “to demonstrate and teach EV fundamentals and practices,” says STEM Dean James Crowder.
There is a shortage of automotive technicians nationwide and as more EVs hit the road the need for people able to safely maintain and repair these vehicles will increase. The decision by Brookdale and STEM Institute will help to fill those gaps.
The two institutions also are seeking additional funding to support the recruitment of potential students from populations not historically represented in the automotive industry. For example, about 1 percent of dealership technicians are female.