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SMCC Launches EV Repair Program

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Dec. 10, 2021—Southern Maine Community College on Thursday announced it launched the state's first EV repair certification program.

The class trains students to diagnose and service EVs and hybrids, according to a news release from the school. Students will have to do 32 hours of online instruction before completing a week-long, hands-on course in the school's Automotive Technology Center.

"The lack of trained technicians is about to become an international crisis," SMCC Automotive Technology Chair Ruth Morrison said. "There are a lot of electric and hybrid vehicles being produced, and we don't have enough people who know how to work on them." 

The first section of the class will start this month and is already full. More sections of the course will be offered in 2022. The course is designed specifically for technicians who work at auto shops or dealerships.

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