With hybrid-electric vehicles becoming commonplace on Canadian roads, more and more auto technicians and drivers are curious about what goes on under the hood of these gas-saving cars and trucks.
To that end Centennial College, in collaboration with the Canadian Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) Council, is offering a new training course on hybrid vehicle technology — the first of its kind to be offered in Canada.
The 16-hour training course is designed to give participants an understanding of hybrid-electric technology, including critical safety issues and how to perform routine maintenance and service on current production hybrid component systems from leading manufacturers such as General Motors, Honda and Toyota.
The part-time course is intended for practicing automotive technicians that want to offer aftermarket service. It is also an invaluable aid to service advisors, autobody repairers or tow-truck operators who may be first at an accident scene involving a hybrid.
Hybrid vehicle owners and enthusiasts can also enroll, although the level of technical information may be high for many laypersons.
Centennial’s hybrid technology course begins Sept. 17 at its Ashtonbee Campus in Scarborough. The course is scheduled on Wednesday evenings in four-hour blocks over four weeks.