By Staff Writer - October 31, 2023


[Santa Barbara, 12/1/2023] — The American transportation landscape is in the midst of a transformative shift, driven by the escalating demand for electric vehicles (EVs). Recognizing the urgency for a skilled workforce, UC Santa Barbara Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) partners with George Brown College to unveil an innovative EV Technician program.

Launching in January 2023, the fully online EV Technician certificate program, developed in collaboration with George Brown College, pioneers a response to the burgeoning demand for skilled professionals in the U.S. EV industry. Tailored for working professionals, such as automotive mechanics or electricians, the unique part-time program allows self-paced learning. The curriculum covers EV diagnosis, service, and repair, utilizing cutting-edge simulation technology. A focal point is the installation and maintenance of EV charging stations, crucial for the industry's future.

As the U.S. mandates a shift to EVs, challenges in infrastructure and a skilled workforce arise. Clean Energy projections predict a significant increase in EV industry employment by 2030, underscoring the vital need for targeted training and education.

The U.S. electric vehicle sector experiences exponential growth due to government regulations, substantial investments in EV infrastructure, manufacturer initiatives, rising consumer demand, and competitive salaries. With an anticipated rise in the U.S. EV market size, aspirants entering the industry are presented with diverse career opportunities.

UC Santa Barbara PaCE, committed to substantial investment in the EV sector, witnesses a surge in demand for skilled workers. The EV Technician certificate program, aligned with UC Santa Barbara PaCE, signifies the commitment to meeting this demand. Graduates position themselves at the forefront of the electric revolution, contributing to the sustainable future of American transportation.

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