On September 20–24, Ramūnas Ignatavičius, a Lecturer at the Department of Transport Engineering, and dr. Donatas Dervinis, Lecturer of the Department of Engineering Sciences, participated in the training visit to Automotive Xpert GmbH / Junior-Talents company in Germany under the Erasmus+ programme.

Lecturers visited Germany alongside colleagues from other Lithuanian higher education institutions: Vilnius College of Technologies and Design, Kaunas University of Applied Engineering Sciences and Klaipėda State University of Applied Sciences. A total of 10 participants improved in the courses.

Junior-Talents, a German company that organizes internships and courses in the automotive field, planned the classes. The training took place in Markranstädt, a town near Leipzig, and Lecturer Heiko Peter led the theoretical and practical training at the newly equipped premises of Automotive Xpert GmbH.

The courses were conducted according to the established plan: electric cars, electrical hazards, risks and behaviour in the event of an electric accident, first aid, tools and measures for protection against electric shock and failures, electrical work according to DGUV-V A3, ECE R 100, DIN VDE 0105-100. Only those who acquired basic knowledge could have real access to an electric car with a system voltage greater than 400 volts.

Course participants got introduced to 5 different electric and hybrid cars: Peugeot, BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai. Participants performed practical works with the mentioned cars: marking and preparation for repair, insulation of power supply systems, inspection, diagnostics, removal, disassembly, and repair of the battery pack.

At the end of the practical training, participants took an exam. All 10 participants successfully passed the questions and received certificates "Expert in Automotive High-Voltage (HV) Systems For Work On Vehicles With Intrinsically Safe HV Systems Level 2 And Level 3". The certificates provide an opportunity to perform repair and maintenance works of 2nd and 3rd (highest) level electric vehicles for four years, to train and certify other specialists for the 2nd level certificate.

These courses greatly expanded the opportunities for cooperation with other Lithuanian higher education institutions and German representatives. The theoretical and practical knowledge gained during the training will be shared with students. It is delightful that students have the opportunity to do internships in German companies.