• 2022 CAAT Conference - Preparing Technicians for Electric Vehicle Technology
  • September 30, 2022

    8:30 AM – 12:45 PM

    Macomb Community College
    South Campus - John Lewis Center
    Room K301

    14500 E 12 Mile Road
    Warren, MI 48088

  • Conference Overview

    The 2022 CAAT Conference was held on Friday, September 30 at Macomb Community College in Warren, MI, for automotive industry representatives as well as secondary and postsecondary auto educators, counselors, and administrators.

    In addition to the conference this year we offered a Professional Development Workshop on Electric Vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems immediately following the conference Friday afternoon and finishing on Saturday. Attendees at all three sessions received a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University.

    Preparing Technicians for Electric Vehicle Technology

    networking Michele Economou Ureste - presenter STEM display Bernard Swiecki - presenter audience Carla Bailo - presenter audience Ben Cruz - emcee

    Friday, September 30, 2022
    8:30 am — 12:45 pm

    Don Hutchison

    Dean of Engineering & Advanced Technology

    Macomb Community College

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Carla Bailo

    President & CEO, ECOS Consulting LLC

    Former President & CEO, Center for Automotive Research

    The Future of Electric Vehicles and eMobility

    Bernard Swiecki

    Director of Research

    Director, Automotive Communities Partnership (ACP)

    Center for Automotive Research

    Electric Vehicle Jobs Market Report

    Michele Economou Ureste

    Executive Director

    Workforce Intelligence Network

    Rollout of EV Jobs Academy

    Paul Bowser

    Director, Garage Service Operations

    Roush Industries

    Technician Skills Gap

    New This Year

    Two optional post-conference tracks:

    Professional Development Workshop

    Friday, 1:00 pm – Saturday, 3:30 pm

    - OR -

    Guided Building Tours

    Friday, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

    Professional Development Workshop

    Friday 1:00 pm — Saturday 3:30 pm

    The CAAT offered a professional development workshop for automotive and technical education instructors. The workshop consisted of three sessions, held Friday afternoon and Saturday. Those who attended all three sessions received a certificate of completion:

    Friday, September 30
    1:00 pm — 4:00 pm

    Electric Vehicles - Part 1

    Ben Cruz
    K Building, Room 324

    Topics include:

    1. Overview electrified vehicles and their characteristics.
    2. Motor drives and power electronics for electrified vehicles.
    3. Advanced battery systems for hybrid and battery electric vehicles
    Saturday, October 1, 2022
    9:00 am — 12:00 pm

    Electric Vehicles - Part 2

    Nelson Kelly
    K Building, Room 324

    Topics include:

    1. Fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen as an energy carrier.
    2. Fuel cells versus batteries for electric vehicle energy and power
    3. Coupling renewable energy to the advancement of fuel cell and other electric vehicles
    Saturday, October 1, 2022
    12:30 — 3:30 pm

    Advanced Driver Assistance Systems

    Nelson Kelly
    K Building, Room 324

    Topics include:

    • How sensors such as cameras, radar, and Lidar, along with computer-controlled devices can assist the driver at different levels of automation.
    • How adding wireless connectivity to other vehicles, the infrastructure, and precision global positioning information can increase the level of automation to the level that the vehicle can drive itself.
    • The need for cybersecurity as vehicles use wireless technology and become increasingly connected to the outside world to reduce vulnerability to hackers.

    Building Tours

    Friday, September 30, 2022
    1:00 — 2:30 pm

    Automotive Technology (M Building)

    Home to our Automotive, Facilities, Design and Construction, and Climate Control Programs. The tour took participants through our Brakes and Engines classroom lab spaces and our Service Bays. Learn about how Macomb is meeting the needs of current students while planning on adapting to industry requirements in the future. Macomb Community College Engineering and Advanced Technology has an Automotive Technology program, as well as the GM-ASEP co-op program onsite. The tour will be led by Mark Jewett, Associate Dean of Applied Technology, Automotive, and Technical Education.

    Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC)

    Home to Macomb Community College’s workforce and continuing education department and focuses on engineering and advanced technology. Specifically designed to support the region’s economic development through education and enrichment services to students, the department strives to provide education to individuals and industry at the pace of technological advancement by creating customized training to meet their needs. The M-TEC’s high-bay was designed and equipped to train individuals in a real manufacturing setting. Equipment includes various levels of trainers, robots large enough to manage quarter panels, and various automation with vision sensing equipment. The tour was led by Patrick Rouse, Director, Workforce & Continuing Education, Engineering & Advanced Technology.


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