CAAT's 2018 Accomplishments and Activities

2018 saw the CAAT transition to a NSF ATE Resource Center. Our primary mission continues to be the development of a prepared technical workforce for the advanced automotive industry, a critical initiative to continued national economic growth. To this end, we engage with stakeholders in education, business and the community to proactively address the emerging and growing hiring and educational needs of the automotive industry. CAAT was also awarded supplemental NSF funding to continue its work with industry and educational partners to create curriculum related to connected/automated vehicles and cybersecurity, attend and present at important automotive and educational conferences and events, and mentor and collaborate with other ATE Centers to ensure that technicians are prepared for automotive cybersecurity, automotive infrastructure, materials technology, etc.

Technician Curriculum Development

HEV students gathered around a vehicle

Developed and enrolled students in two new technician degree programs

Vehicle Development Technician (VDT) Associate Degree

  • To equip students with mechanical, electronic, and software skills for product development in electrified and automated/connected vehicles and experimental vehicle testing
  • Two seed-funded courses approved for inclusion in the VDT program:
    • AUTO 2000 – Connected, Automated, and Intelligent Vehicles
    • ELEC 2310 – Vehicle Experimental Testing

FCA Automotive Manufacturing Program

  • Develop your leadership, problem-solving and communication skills as a Production Supervisor while earning your associates degree


Professional Development

CAAT Conference audience

Offered professional development opportunities that were attended by more than 400 automotive educators


STEM Outreach to Middle and High School Students and Parents

Girls working on STEM project

Provided STEM outreach opportunities to more than 7,000 middle and high school students and parents


Educational Leadership


Participated in various opportunities to engage with leading educational organizations to further the education of technicians and engineering technologists in advanced automotive technologies


Industry Engagement

Crowds at the Battery Show trade expo

Attended important industry events to keep the CAAT on top of the expanding workforce needs of the automotive industry


Marketing and Communications

CAAT Tracks Newsletter

Maintained website for students, educators, and industry representatives that was visited more than 45,000 times by more than 36,000 unique visitors

  • The website had more than 175,000 pageviews this year
  • Added a new Automotive Cybersecurity page to the CAAT website
  • Added 58 new resources to the CAAT's free library, from which more than 1,800 resources were downloaded
  • Created a new brochure for the CAAT
  • Provided 1,700 social media posts to more than 1,000 followers
  • CAAT Director mentioned in Automotive News article “ Fixed on the Future” (February)

Developed ten CAAT Tracks newsletters distributed to 1,500 subscribers