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SAE Celebrates the First Cohort of the SAE/ChargerHelp EVSE Training Program

Posted: February 8, 2024

On Friday, February 2, SAE International joined partners ChargerHelp, Detroit at Work and Michigan Central, for an Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Technician Training Showcase and Fireside Chat in Detroit, Michigan.

The meeting featured Michael Paras, Business Development, Partnerships, Product & Sales, SAE Sustainable Mobility Solutions, discussing the critical need for qualified technicians to service EV charging stations and SAE’s certification program.

Frank Menchaca, President, SAE SMS, participated in a panel discussion with Clarinda Barnett-Harrison, Director of Skills, Michigan Central, Clyde Ellis, Field Service Manager, ChargerHelp, and Marcus Long, a trainee and recent graduate of the six-week training course that was developed based on SAE’s Body-of-Knowledge.

In addition, Sarah Hipel, Standards and Reliability Program Manager for Joint Office of Energy and Transportation, attended and stressed the importance of the training and shared her support in a post on LinkedIn which was reposted by the Joint Office.

The graduation of the first cohort and presentation of certificates of completion rounded out the program. The next step for these graduates is to acquire SAE’s EVSE Technician Certification, which is expected to be available in April 2024.

Detroit’s local Fox affiliate attended and featured a story on the 5 p.m. newscast:  Black-owned company working to improve EV charging ( In addition, Automotive Engineering produced an article from the event on SAE's efforts to train and certify EVESE technicians.

This all comes as SAE also launched its Introduction to EV Infrastructure: Standards, Regulations & Safety Practices professional development course - Introduction to EV Infrastructure: Standards, Regulations & Safety Practices - SAE Training.

For more information about this session and SAE’s EV workforce development, contact Michael Paras at or visit