As automobile technology changes, the knowledge needed to teach changes too.
Rich Cregar of Clayton, who teaches automotive technology at Wilson Community College, is keeping up with the industry by earning his Advanced Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Diagnostic Credential from the Society of Automotive Engineers International.
Last year, SAE International focused on the operation and diagnoses of hybrid and electric vehicle systems by launching credential training that is unprecedented in the automotive industry.
When referring to the five-day training held last month at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, Cregar said: “To get through the training, you have to successfully complete a 20-question quiz every night and then an 80-question final at the end of the week. Plus you have to demonstrate hands-on competency in six different service operations on the vehicle. It’s intense.”
As hybrids age, the industry will need technicians more than ever, and SAE International is filling the credentialing void. Cregar’s newest credentials allow him to teach SAE’s high standards to students in WCC’s Alternative Transportation Technology program.
WCC is among the few N.C. community colleges with the SAE International Advanced Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Diagnostic credential. Additionally, Cregar holds Master Technical Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
Cregar seeks out current and trending technologies and brings them back to his students. He has made WCC the leading resource for alternative transportation training in Eastern North Carolina.
For more information on Advanced Transportation Technologies, call Cregar at 252-246-1308 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.