• 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 will be held on Friday, September 30 at Macomb Community College in Warren, MI. This FREE event offered by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology will be held at Macomb Community College's South Campus in Warren, MI is targeted towards automotive industry representatives as well as secondary and postsecondary auto educators, counselors, and administrators.

    In addition to the conference, this year we will be offering a Professional Development Workshop on Electric Vehicles and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. This 2-day course will start immediately following the conference Friday afternoon, and finish on Saturday. Attendance at all three sessions is required to receive a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University.

    Preparing Technicians for Electric Vehicle Technology

    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

    We will be offering 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 will offer a professional development workshop for automotive and technical education instructors. The workshop will consist of three sessions, and will be held Friday afternoon and Saturday. Those who attend all three sessions will receive a certificate of completion:

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

    Electric Vehicles - Part 1

    Ben Cruz
    K Building, Room 324

    The automotive industry is undergoing dramatic change as it moves from internal combustion engines and fossil fuels and to energy-efficient electric vehicles that can use renewable energy. These advances create new challenges for engineers and engineering technicians who design the vehicles, and service technicians who maintain and repair them. This Workshop provides an overview of the reasons why every major automotive manufacturer and many start-ups are committing to electric vehicles.

    Specific topics include:

    • Topic 1. Overview electrified vehicles and their characteristics.
    • Topic 2. Motor drives and power electronics for electrified vehicles.
    • Topic 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

    Professional Development Workshop on Electric Vehicles, Part II Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles generate power from the reaction of hydrogen and oxygen and emit water. The State of California is committed to promoting fuel cell electric vehicles by financing the building of hydrogen fueling stations, and Michigan’s American Center for Mobility test track at Willow Run will be getting a modular hydrogen production system in 2023. Hydrogen fuel cells requires additional training for technicians. This Workshop provides an overview of the reasons that fuel cells will be an important component in the electric vehicle initiative.

    Specific topics include:

    • Topic 1. Fuel cell electric vehicles and hydrogen as an energy carrier.
    • Topic 2. Fuel cells versus batteries for electric vehicle energy and power
    • Topic 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

    A major in the automotive industry is the increasing ability of a vehicle to sense and communicate with its surroundings and to use that information to control important vehicle functions. Using cameras, radar, wireless technology, and powerful computers to control steering, braking, and acceleration, the vehicle can assist the driver or even drive itself.

    Topics of discussion 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 will take participants through our Brakes and Engines classroom lab spaces, as well as 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. To expedite training a short-term accelerated training program is offered in a cohort fashion, 40 hours per week. Completion rates are above 80% and continued employment after one year continues to be above 74%. The tour will be led by Patrick Rouse, Director, Workforce & Continuing Education, Engineering & Advanced Technology.

    While the conference is free to attend, registration will be required. Stay tuned for additional information on this free professional development opportunity!


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