Empowering New York'S

Electric School Bus Workforce

No-Cost Familiarization Training

WDI has developed a no-cost familiarization training on the basics of electric school buses.

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The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) is a statewide non-profit that works to increase opportunities for all New Yorkers to succeed in the workforce while earning family-sustaining wages.

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Electric School Bus Familiarization Training

WDI has developed a no-cost familiarization training on the basics of electric school buses. The course introduces the battery-electric school bus technology to all pupil transportation workers and helps them prepare for the transition to electric school buses before they receive product-specific training from manufacturers, unions or their employers.

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Module 1: Basics of Electrical Theory

This module provides student transportation workers with a foundational understanding of electrical theory. After taking this course, workers will become familiar with electrical concepts that they generally encounter every day and understand how these concepts specifically relate to battery-electric school buses. The module will cover the basic characteristics of DC and AC circuits including the relationship between voltage and current flow, the way in which voltage is induced, and the principles of induction motors.

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Module 2: Battery-Electric School Buses 101

This module provides an introductory understanding of the major components in EV school buses, how they are similar to and different from traditional buses, and how the work will change for pupil transportation workers. After taking this course, workers will get a basic understanding of the new technology so that they are better prepared to […]

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Module 3: Charging Considerations

The module provides an overview of battery-electric school buses battery charging methods and considerations for all pupil transportation workers. After taking this course, workers will become familiar with concepts include charging options, battery management systems, charger-bus communication, charging level standards, and maintenance and safety considerations. The module will cover existing and future charging technologies, charging […]

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Module 4: Safety Around Electric School Buses

This module introduces safety hazards and risks on electric school buses and how workers can be prepared to mitigate any safety issues. After taking this course, workers will become familiar with in-built safety features, accident/incident protocols, the use of personal protective equipment, and skills necessary to safely operate and maintain EV school buses.

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Demystifying Electric School Bus Technology to New Yorkers

This introductory video provides an overview of battery-electric school buses to pupil transportation workers in New York State and how the transition will affect their work. The video serves as a platform to launch WDI’s familiarization course on battery-electric school buses that will demystify the technology to drivers, bus aides, mechanics, technicians, dispatchers, and administrators.

This subsequent familiarization training is designed to inform and prepare drivers, bus aides, mechanics, technicians, and dispatchers for this new technology. It will demystify the basics of battery-electric school buses through engaging content on key topic areas like electrical theory, fundamentals of battery-electric motor systems, charging considerations, and more importantly, safety. WDI’s battery-electric bus familiarization training will complement other learning offerings from unions, manufacturers, and school districts.

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