Specialised certificate course in EV to upskill the automobile workforce

The automobile industry is at the cusp of a technological transformation. Keeping in view the future demand IIT Madras has launched a certificate programme on e-mobility. Working professionals with a Bachelor’s degree in an allied Engineering or Science domain (BTech/BE/BSc) are eligible to apply and accentuate their industry-specific skills by completing the course.
The online course will be offered through the institute’s Centre for Outreach and Digital Education (CODE) for re-skilling as well as upskilling automobile employees.
Talent building towards transition
“The course is an overview of the market, technology, supply chain, and policy of the e-mobility, Electric Vehicles (EVs). Assignments, followed by commercial training on the economics of the e-mobility solutions will good exposure to specific engineering areas, and disciplines dealing with EVs. These include gaining a grasp of power electronics, battery engineering, motor performance, EMI-EMC, vehicle engineering and development,” says, Karthick Athmanathan, professor of practice, IIT Madras.
Being a first-level course, it helps students to understand EVs and e-mobility. Athmanathan says, “At the next stage, students need to choose power electronics/ motors/ batteries/ vehicle-system integration/controls as their specific field to undertake training in the chosen field.”
Athmanathan further adds that the course is not suitable in terms of skills for ITI and diploma students.
Both battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) technologies are generating a huge demand for a skilled talent pool across domains. Explaining the scope of innovation and required manpower for the same, Jaideep Kewalramani from TeamLease EdTech, head of employability business & COO, says, “Battery chemistry is the most critical skill for which EV manufacturers are constantly looking to push the range boundaries. An EV with a range of 200 km, usually fits the weekday driving needs of nearly about 50 per cent of drivers in India. If this can be pushed further to 400 km, it will decrease the frequency of charging the battery to once a week. And, for achieving this, the required skills have to be incorporated into the base curriculum.”
Accentuate job benefits
Employment opportunities and better job roles at higher levels of compensation are the positive sides of gaining this certificate. Talking about career advancement, Kewalramani says, “EV jobs give 30% to 50% more salary than the equivalent ICE jobs. With specialised training, the salaries for entry-level EV engineers are about Rs 3 lakhs per annum, the experienced professionals with frequent reskilling and upskilling having specialist skills for niche areas including battery chemistry, R&D, software patching can easily earn a minimum of Rs 25 lakhs.”
Counting the same favourable factors, Athmanathan added that the course will be value added skill for students and can move from their current roles to elevated job profiles in the EV domain will be easier.