Dungannon, Automotive students at South West College have made history by becoming the first in Northern Ireland (NI) to complete a City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Knowledge of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles and Components.

The cutting-edge course, utilizing the college's new Toyota Mirai rig, is the first of its kind in further education in NI and has been praised for providing students with the skills and expertise needed to work safely on and around Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs). The qualification, validated by City & Guilds, covers everything from hydrogen system understanding to component removal and replacement, making it a crucial step in preparing students for the future of automotive technology.

Speaking about the innovative course Craig Black, business owner at CB Auto Repairs, shared that the course has provided him with the essential knowledge and skills required to work safely with hydrogen vehicles, and views the qualification as extremely valuable.

Craig said: β€œI have obtained valuable knowledge about hydrogen fuel cells and the mechanics of hydrogen vehicles, which I can now bring into the workplace. I am delighted to be among the first recipients of this qualification, as I believe it will only grow in significance in the future.”

Patrick Loughran, owner of Loughran Commercials, also completed the course and emphasized the importance of training with the latest technology, specifically the first hydrogen engine rig on campus.

Patrick said: β€œIt was great to be able to train using this new technology, which major manufacturers are already transitioning towards.”

Pat O'Hanlon, Deputy Head of Department for Sustainability, Construction, and Transport at SWC, emphasizes the importance of preparing students for the future of hydrogen infrastructure.

"As the automotive landscape evolves, hydrogen-powered vehicles are at the forefront of sustainable transportation.For instance, in Germany there are currently 100 hydrogen fuelling stations, Holland has around 20-30, and Belgium also has around 20-30. This indicates that hydrogen infrastructure will eventually come to our area as well.

Hydrogen-powered cars are already being produced, making it important for students to familiarize themselves with this technology. This course provides students with the opportunity to do just that. We congratulate all participants and believe that this qualification will help them stay ahead in their careers and excel in the industry."


Be among the first in the UK to train on a hydrogen fuel cell engine rig.