Electric Drive Vehicle Fundamentals | St. Clair College

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Program Code: T131
Status: Open
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One Year - Ontario College Certificate
Starts: September
Dillon McLachlan
519-972-2727 ext. 4362

Program Overview

This program will introduce students to the aspects of Electric Vehicle (EV) fundamentals, both theory and practical. Students will study Electric/Electronic fundamentals, electrified vehicle systems and components, High Voltage safety, and Electric Vehicle maintenance. Students will learn vehicle architectures and the Low Voltage (LV)/High Voltage (HV) electrical power fundamentals which dictate the operation and diagnostics of systems used on EV (Electric Vehicle) - PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) - HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicles). Students will study how to properly select and use testing tools and equipment by using approved industry standards while performing system fault analysis.

Students completing this program will have the opportunity to continue into the 2nd year of the Electric Drive Vehicle Technician diploma program.

Students will be able to obtain SAE Electrified Vehicle Certification Level 1 - In school/theoretical accreditation and an applied/practical portion of certification would be acquired based on completion of the 1-year St. Clair College program.

Students will be engaged in project-based learning through a capstone EV-focused project which could include but is not limited to hardware, software, introduction to programming/coding, build/fabrication and system testing.

Students will apply various project strategies, methodologies and technologies throughout the Capstone project. The learner will also gain extensive hands-on experience and interpersonal skills development reinforcing their theoretical knowledge through practical learning experiences in conjunction with potential local Automotive Repair community partners. (i.e. Windsor Professional Automotive Repair Association).

Career Opportunities

Graduate employment opportunities will exist throughout the private and public vehicle service/repair sectors. These roles may be found within automotive dealership pre-delivery inspection and electric vehicle regular maintenance service helper positions.

Students can continue into the Automotive Service Technician apprenticeship program (NOC 7321). Some examples of employers are automotive repair facilities, and major OEMs (Ford/GM/Stellantis/Honda/Toyota). Several additional employment description examples are: NOC 7334 (forklift, all-terrain, scooter EV vehicle configuration, troubleshooting and repair), NOC 1522(EV vehicle parts specialist) and NOC 9522( motor vehicle assemblers and install prefabricated motor vehicle parts and components to form subassemblies and finished motor vehicles.)

Laddering Opportunities

Students coming from Motive Power diploma programs or motive power apprenticeships would ladder well into this program

Students can go into the Electric Drive Vehicle Technician college diploma program from here or enter into an apprenticeship.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level, plus:

  • Grade 11 Math (C) or (U)

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Vehicle Fundamentals
Applied Vehicle Fundamentals
Automotive Operation
Applied Automotive Operation
Electronic and eDrive Technology I
Applied Lab Electronic and eDrive Technology I
Choose 1 Elective Course
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Arduino Microcontroller Basics
Electronic and eDrive Technology II
Applied Lab Electronic and eDrive Technology II
SAE Level 1 Electrified Transportation
Applied SAE Level 1 Electrified Transportation
Professional Development For The Transportation Industry

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2024-2025 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses are at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found on the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Electric Drive Vehicle Fundamentals (Ontario College Certificate) (MTCU Code 46405)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Identify and test basic faults in motor vehicle electrical systems and subsystems by applying fundamental knowledge of vehicle electrification, components, and their interrelationships.
  2. Identify, inspect, and conduct simple tests on basic engine systems, drive train systems, suspension, steering and brake systems on both internal combustion powertrain and electrified vehicles to manufacturer’s specifications.
  3. Remove and replace electrified vehicle components as specified by manufacturers.
  4. Assist in the assembly and testing of basic DC electronic circuits, vehicle systems and subsystems for internal combustion and eDrive vehicles using appropriate equipment.
  5. Communicate service information such as repair or part requirements with the necessary detail by accessing electronic data to appropriate standards.
  6. Complete work on electrified vehicles and components ethically and in compliance with occupational, health, safety, and environmental law, policy and codes.
  7. Analyze and solve simple technical problems using DC applied theory to basic electrical systems while preparing and interpreting electrical schematics in electrified vehicles.
  8. Test electrical and electronic circuits, equipment, and control systems in electrified vehicles by using established procedures and under the supervision of a qualified person.
  9. Code and build basic electronic circuits using a programmable logic controller according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
  10. Perform fault retrieval and fault identification on eDrive systems using appropriate diagnostic equipment.
  11. Use personal protective equipment in high voltage situations in compliance with manufacturer and governing body recommendations.