Learn about electric vehicle development and maintenance. Electric Vehicle students are prepared for product development positions in the automotive, communications, solar, wind turbine, and smart grid industries and service positions in the automotive industry.
Electric Vehicle Technology — NSC STEM Pathways
- What students will learn
- Learning objectives by module
- Course assessments, activities, and outline
- Other course details
- System requirements
- Included instructor tools
What students will learn
The NSC Electric Vehicle Technology certificate program has learning outcomes in the categories of Vehicle Systems, Safety, High Voltage Systems, Battery Systems, Control Systems, Electronic Systems, Thermal Systems, System Integration, Engine Systems, Tool Usage, and Technical Math. These outcomes are broad themes of the program, achieved in one or more of its courses:
- Diagnose, repair, and test HEV, PHEV, BEV vehicles and subsystems.
- Safely store, handle, and dispose of high voltage battery systems.
- Diagnose, repair, and test high voltage battery systems.
- Diagnose, repair, and test HEV, PHEV, BEV battery controls.
- Use software for HEV, PHEV, BEV control systems (e.g., MatLab, Simulink, LabVIEW, and CANalyzer).
- Diagnose, repair, and test DC/DC converters.
- Diagnose, repair, and test vehicle charging interface/infrastructure.
- Diagnose, repair, and test regenerative braking.
- Diagnose, repair, and test power electronic circuitry for electric drive systems.
- Diagnose, repair, and test motor control electronic hardware.
- Diagnose, repair, and test thermal systems management and control.
- Integrate automotive systems, include mechanic certification and testing requirements.
- Diagnose, repair, and test high voltage electric distribution systems.
- Diagnose, repair, and install engines.
- Diagnose, repair, and test cylinder heads.
- Test and diagnose engine performance.
- Diagnose, test, and repair electronic systems.
- Use tools in automotive and electronic learning environments.
- Use technical math to solve for unknown values.
Learning objectives by module
Pathway 1: Electric Vehicle Technology
- Course 1: Advanced Energy Storage
- Analyze how the ordering of elements in the periodic table relates to valence electrons, chemical bonding, and stoichiometry in chemical reactions.
- Course 2: Automotive Systems
- Check sizes and pitch on both American standard and metric threads.
- Read an outside metric micrometer in 0.01 mm increments.
- Course 3: Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology 1
- Identify Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) components and their function.
- Identify safety hazards of, and safe work practices for, electric and hybrid electric vehicle components.
- Course 4: Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology 2
- Describe the function of an inverter in electric and hybrid vehicles.
- Describe the operation of CVT in electric and hybrid vehicles.
- Course 5: Electric Vehicle Data Acquisition, Sensors and Control Systems
- Analyze the variables of distance, speed, and acceleration as a function of power, energy, and time
- Determine the value, product, and result of Boolean operators.
- Interconvert numbers between the binary, decimal, and hexadecimal number systems.
- Course 6: Electronic Technology 1
- Apply Ohm’s Law to electronic technology
- Apply the Maximum Power Transfer Theorem to DC circuits.
- Course 7: Electronic Technology 2
- Apply Ohm’s Law to AC circuits.
- Mathematically convert time and voltage values of a sine wave into their other mathematical forms.
- Course 8: Engine Fundamentals
- Describe the fabrication and function of engine blocks.
- Identify systems found in an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) and their function.
- Course 9: Engine Performance 1
- Describe fuel pressure regulator function.
- Describe how an automotive ignition coil generates high voltage from a 12-volt source.
- Course 10: Introduction to Electric Vehicle Propulsion Systems
- Classify hybrid electric vehicle power flow.
- Identify the basic components of a planetary gear set and explain its operation as it relates to hybrid propulsion power interface.
- Course 11: LabVIEW Basics 1
- Apply common debugging methods to discover program errors in LabVIEW software.
- Use array tools in LabVIEW functions palettes.
- Course 12: Motors and Controls for Electric Vehicles and Industrial Applications
- Convert between English and metric units.
- Explain the relationship of an electromagnetic field.
- Course 13: Principles of Alternative/Renewable Energies
- Identify internal combustion engine components.
- Identify the components found in a hydrogen fuel cell and describe their function.
- Course 14: Technical Math – RCL Analysis
- Calculate all the electrical unknowns of a DC Parallel Circuit
- Calculate all the electrical unknowns of a DC Series Circuit
Course assessments, activities, and outline
PATHWAY 1: Electric Vehicle Technology
Course 1: Advanced Energy Storage
Course 2: Automotive Systems
Course 3: Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology 1
Course 4: Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Technology 2
Course 5: Electric Vehicle Data Acquisition, Sensors and Control Systems
Course 6: Electronic Technology 1
Course 7: Electronic Technology 2
Course 8: Engine Fundamentals
Course 9: Engine Performance 1
Course 10: Introduction to Electric Vehicle Propulsion Systems
Course 11: LabVIEW Basics 1
Course 12: Motors and Controls for Electric Vehicles and Industrial Applications
Course 13: Principles of Alternative/Renewable Energies
Course 14: Technical Math – RCL Analysis
Other course details
One-year, 30-semester-credit. The OLI modules accompany face-to-face instruction, described in the downloadable course Program Guide (pg.1) and Teaching Toolkits (on the last page of each module).
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This course’s system requirements:
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