June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
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A University and Community College Partnership to Meet Industry Needs for Future Workers in Advanced Automotive TechnologyThe automotive industry has been one of the largest and most important industries in the UnitedStates, employing more than 3.3 million Americans. Today the automotive industry is engaged ina transformational change that incorporates a technological shift from the petroleum-poweredengine that drove the transportation economy of the 20th Century to the renewable resource-based electric powered motor that will sustain the dynamic global economy and environmentalassets of the 21st Century. The primary developments are Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEV), Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Electric Vehicles (EV), Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV)including common rail diesels, and Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCV). The impact today and in the longrun is an increasing need for trained automotive engineers, engineering technologists andtechnicians prepared to support every stage of the product life cycle of these new automotivetechnologies, which requires acquisition of an expanded skill set for each sector of the industry.To keep pace with the demand for new technologies, the university and community collegepresenting this paper have responded to the changing needs by strengthening communicationswith industry to clearly define future workforce requirements, and developing and offeringtechnologically progressive training programs. To support the training, the Department ofEnergy (DOE) has provided funding for developing industry needed vehicle education programs,the Department of Labor (DOL) has provided funding to sponsor training programs, and theState of Michigan workforce development agencies (WDA) has collaborated with industry toestablish Michigan Academy for Green Mobility Alliance (MAGMA). Through funding from theNational Science Foundation (NSF), a Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT)was established as an Advanced Technological Education (ATE) center to support the partneringwork and leading systemic curriculum reform. This paper reviews the education and trainingprograms provided by the University-Community College Partnership in meeting industry needsfor future workers in advanced automotive technology.
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