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The electrification of the car is one of the largest system innovations in automotive technology in the last 100 years. For professionals in the automotive industry, these developments have a direct impact on the execution and raip of their work.The electrification of the car is one of the largest system innovations in automotive technology in the last 100 years. For professionals in the automotive industry, these developments have a direct impact on the execution of their work. MIEP aims to map out the seemingly obvious yet crucial view of car mechanics themselves on the impact of electrification on their work and working experience.

                    

Previous major research projects such as Werkplaats van de Toekomst and Werkplaats op Weg have now provided tools for entrepreneurs in the automotive and transport industries to coordinate their (investment) agenda and business operations. At the heart of these projects is the need for change: adapted business strategies, more innovative workshop equipment, and new work for mechanics.

However, the vision of car mechanics on these developments has rarely been explored, whereas it is precisely they who have to work with such new technologies the most. It is therefore important to better understand their experiences and expectations regarding electric cars. Because of the successful integration of work on electric vehicles into the car company, a new collective of consortium partners and other stakeholders will work in project MIEP to map out the seemingly obvious yet crucial view of car mechanics on the impact of electrification on their work and working experience. 

To investigate this, qualitative research methods are used, including workshop visits and interviews with trainee technicians and technicians, their managers and teachers, and business leaders. These interviews and observations will then be analysed and lead to an advisory document for managers and trainers outlining the key characteristics of mechanics' vision on the impact of electrification, and providing opportunities for SMEs and vocational education to engage in conversation with mechanics themselves to promote day-to-day work practice. In addition, this exploratory research will lead to a number of publications and a new consortium that will write a more extensive research application on the impact of other innovations on the professional practice of mechanics.

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