WARRENDALE, Pa. (December 8, 2022) - Between 2020 and 2026, the global electric vehicle (EV) market is expected to increase significantly. This will require a robust and reliable EV charging infrastructure – supported by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021, a $7.5 billion investment that will help U.S. States deploy EV chargers along interstate highways – along with trained service technicians to keep them operating at the required 97%. The recent U.S. Department of Transportation announcement indicates that all 50 states, including Puerto Rico, have been approved to begin deploying their projects and will need to consider workforce development to meet high uptime.
To help address this need, ChargerHelp! and SAE International’s Sustainable Mobility Solutions have partnered to share knowledge and best practices related to workforce development in these new job categories, such as Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Technician. This partnership joins the ChargerHelp! mission to enable disadvantaged communities access opportunities in the clean tech, electronic equipment repair industry and to promote economic mobility with good paying jobs and SAE Sustainable Mobility Solutions, which serves as the technically informed source for initiatives that help lead industries to a net-zero emissions future for transportation.
As new roles and associated needed skills emerge in the technical field of electronics repair, which includes EV charger software, firmware, and hardware, ChargerHelp! has demonstrated that sourcing for these technical and low risk electrical roles can be from communities typically under-represented in technology-forward jobs and those transitioning from dissolving industries. Considering the basis of the internal electronic equipment components and its incidental low risk electrical nature, a curriculum specialized in electronics repair is one that could be readily available. It is imperative this line of work remains open to the public, limit additional prerequisites, and limit creating bottlenecks for people in low income, disadvantaged communities, or a community of people transitioning from industries like nuclear, coal, oil, gas, and even traditional automotive mechanics into the clean energy industry.
This new partnership will help to:
• Define these new roles and their industry context
• Consider how to build, test, and certify knowledge and skill
• Explore the career pathing, lifelong learning, and upskilling
“Sustainable mobility means moving people and goods without compromising the future of the planet. A new infrastructure and category of jobs are being born in this transformation and ChargerHelp! is redefining who has access to these clean tech jobs. SAE’s Sustainable Mobility Solutions is delighted to partner with ChargerHelp! to lead the way in constructing a sustainable, equitable and accessible electric vehicle infrastructure.”- Frank Menchaca, president, Sustainable Mobility Solutions
“The growth, development, and utilization of Internet of Things (IoT) assets in the transportation sector is seen every day. The EV Supply Equipment is a very unique product that combines innovative technology for the charging of electric vehicles. It is crucial that specialized maintenance technicians are well trained to help inform the industry how the software works together with the hardware, and support high uptime of the chargers, while practicing maximum safety.” - Kameale C. Terry, chief executive officer, ChargerHelp!
“People are excited that they can make a positive impact on the future. Working with EV Supply Equipment manufacturers and software companies has truly surfaced workforce opportunities within the EV Supply Equipment/charging electronic equipment industry. We believe that the industry of repairing electronic equipment opens opportunities to individuals with different backgrounds and different skill sets. That is why it is important to highlight pathways that will make the transition to electrification that more successful.” - Evette Ellis, chief workforce officer, ChargerHelp!
Certification curriculum is expected to be ready for enrollment by mid-2023.
To download the complete whitepaper, “The Electric Vehicle Infrastructure: New Opportunities in Learning, Certification and Human Development in the EV Charging Industry,”
About SAE International
SAE International is a global organization committed to advancing mobility knowledge and solutions for the benefit of humanity. By engaging nearly 200,000 engineers, technical experts and volunteers, we connect and educate mobility professionals to enable safe, clean, and accessible mobility solutions. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including award-winning programs like A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™. More at http://www.sae.org.
ChargerHelp! is a technology company that enables on-demand maintenance and repair of electric vehicle charging stations. ChargerHelp! operates at the intersection of clean technology and workforce development with the mission to remove barriers so that people in disadvantaged communities have access to opportunities in the operations and maintenance of the electronic equipment repair industry, ChargerHelp! has partnered with workforce development agencies throughout the U.S. to recruit candidates from all skilled backgrounds and train them to become industry experts as EVSE Technicians and to promote economic mobility by providing good paying jobs. ChargerHelp! is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with service across the United States. Learn more about our commitment to reliability and workforce development at http://www.chargerhelp.com.