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Serge Gauthier, directeur de l'École des métiers de l'équipement motorisé de Montréal


Under the hood of electric cars
Published on
November 3, 2017
The École des métiers de l’équipement motorisé de Montréal (ÉMÉMM), in Plateau–Mont-Royal, is an enduring centre of mechanical instruction that is celebrating its 100th birthday this year! Here’s a look inside this century-old—and very modern—institution.

The days of fixing a car with just a wrench and a bit of oil are long gone. Mechanics is now hi-tech! And ÉMÉMM teaches its students how to meet the latest challenges under the hood.

With over 1,000 students per year from here and abroad, ÉMÉMM’s workshops prepare future specialists to handle the technological progress sweeping the car industry.

Étudiante à l'École des métiers de l'équipement motorisé de Montréal

“I’ve put a lots of effort into developing new technology skills since I came on board in 2008,” says Serge Gauthier, ÉMÉMM’s director. “Since Canada offered no training in hybrid or electric cars, the faculty had to take classes in the States. We are now training our students and employees in such firms as General Motors Canada and Kia, along with municipal and provincial employees, in low-emission vehicles.”

Burgeoning Reputation

Benjamin Ranger and Clara Marcoux, originally from Montérégie, decided to enrol in ÉMÉMM for different reasons.

“I came here because I wanted to learn from the best,” says Benjamin, who is specializing in car mechanics. Eighty percent of his training is devoted to electricity. “I never imagined it would be so comprehensive!”

Clara Marcoux says it was her friends and family that encouraged her to enrol.

“I’d heard a lot about the school,” she says. “My friends said they learned a lot, the instructors were friendly and there was a great atmosphere in the shop, as I saw when I arrived.”

Mondial de l'Automobile de Paris

The establishment is well known outside Québec. “We have students from North Africa and Europe, thanks to the fame of our school, as well as of Montréal, which attracts carmakers,” says the director.

The advent of these new technologies poses multiple challenges for the auto industry.

“There’s no limit to what can be done with computers,” says Serge Gauthier. “The future holds startling, intriguing and exciting possibilities.”


Téo Taxi, Canada’s first fleet of fully electric taxis, asked ÉMÉMM to set up its repair shop. An instructor from the school spent almost a year equipping the garage and training its technicians. Some of the school’s students are now working there as trainees.