TACC and TasTAFE driving a safe electric future

Published on: 11 Nov 2022

2 people standing in an automotive workshop with a car jacked up with it's bonnet popped in the background

The Tasmanian Automotive Chamber of Commerce is working with TasTAFE to deliver a nationally accredited course to ensure the safety of automotive industry personnel working on battery electric vehicles (BEV).

The course was designed by the TACC who have also donated learning resources, vehicles, equipment, and safety gear to ensure it is current and relevant to industry needs.

There is a growing demand for electric vehicles which means many automotive businesses need to adjust to dealing with systems they are unfamiliar with and are potentially dangerous. Like working on any car, electric vehicle maintenance requires a thorough knowledge of automotive mechanics, electrical systems, and safety precautions.

To instil this knowledge, TasTAFE hosted the training at its Alanvale Campus in Launceston and at the Southern Central Trade Training centre at Bridgewater.

TasTAFE CEO Grant Dreher is pleased that TasTAFE is delivering this training, which he says is reflective of the wider digitisation journey TasTAFE is on.

“With digitisation and the increased popularity and demand for electric vehicles in recent years, the industry is moving at a rapid pace. This training is a great way for TasTAFE and the TACC to support the emerging needs of the automotive industry and ensure people have the skills they need as the transition to electric vehicles increases,” Mr Dreher said.

TACC State Manager, Bruce McIntosh, said it was great to see the long and productive relationship between TACC and TasTAFE continue.

“With electric cars having up to 800 volts, the risk of injury is very real. It’s imperative all automotive industry trades and personnel working on these vehicles know how to operate safely, so they can service and repair these vehicles correctly and deliver them safely back to motorists who, in turn, can trust in their own safety,” Mr McIntosh said.

“It’s great to be working with TasTAFE on this important project. TACC operates the largest automotive group training scheme in Tasmania and has had a long-running relationship with TasTAFE”.

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