OEM High-Voltage Technician Levels

OEM High-Voltage Technician Levels

As electric-only, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles are increasing in sales, they are becoming more commonplace in repair facilities. Along with the unique powertrains that come with these vehicles, also comes unique safety concerns. Regardless of vehicle maker, high-voltage systems pose a threat of injury or death if not handled properly. Only personnel with the proper training, PPE, tools, equipment, and service information should perform work on the HV systems.

Many OEMs have specific training requirements for different levels of high-voltage technicians. Typically, these levels range from no interaction with any high-voltage part of the vehicle (even after the high-voltage battery has been disconnected/isolated), to the ability to work on the vehicle under live conditions at the highest OEM EV education level you can earn. The number of levels in between these two ends varies by OEM. Always check the OEM requirements before attempting to disable a high-voltage system.

As the RTS team has been researching these high-voltage technician levels, we are putting together a series of articles identifying which OEMs have these technician requirements. As OEMs produce more electric vehicles and as technology advances, technician requirements may change or be added.

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