• Professional Development Opportunities

    The CAAT supports and funds academic, general public, and industry outreach education and professional development. This page will list the CAAT’s recent and upcoming professional development efforts for educators. These may include conferences, instructor training, workshops, and more. If you are interested in professional development for industry, please visit our Professional Development Opportunities page for industry.

    2019

    2019 Summer Professional Development Course
    Electric-Drive Vehicle Technology

    June 27 - 28, 2018
    9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
    New York Automotive and Diesel Institute (NYADI)
    College of Automotive and Diesel technology
    178-18 Liberty Avenue                                                                                      
    Jamaica, NY 11433

    Explore the state-of-the-art advanced automotive technology including electric-drive vehicles, fuel cell vehicles, connected and autonomous vehicles, energy storage systems, power electronics and traction motors

    This workshop is designed for:

    • Community college instructors
    • 4-year college/university engineering and technology faculty
    • High school science and technology teachers
    • Automotive industry professionals

    Workshop Content

    • Topic 1: Overview of HEV/PHEV/EV/FCV
    • Topic 2: Advanced Battery Systems for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
    • Topic 3: Power Electronics and Traction Motor for Electric-drive Vehicles
    • Topic 4: Cooperative Connected Vehicle

    Those attending this workshop received a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University, course materials, and a $150 stipend.

    Download the flyer and application form


    2019 CAAT Conference
    2019 CAAT Conference Is Electrification the Future?

    May 10, 2019

    Join us for the 2019 CAAT Conference Is Electrification the Future? The conference will be held the morning of Friday, May 10, at Macomb Community College's south campus in Warren, Michigan. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required due to limited seating. Register now to save your seat!

    The conference is targeted to automotive industry representatives and secondary and post-secondary automotive educators and administrators. Representatives from automotive-related government and professional organizations are also encouraged to attend.

    For detailed information about the conference and to register, please visit our  2019 CAAT Conference web page today!

    The event will feature keynote speaker, Jeff Lowinger, President, eMobility, Vehicle Group, Eaton.

    And includes presentations by:

    • Megan Schrauben, MiSTEM Network Executive for the State of Michigan
    • Student Panel on STEM Experience & Pathways
    • Stephanie Beckhorn, Director, Workforce Development Agency

      Conference Information


    2019 Spring MATA Conference

    March 14, 2019

    The 2019 Spring Michigan Automotive Teachers Association (MATA) Conference was held at Lansing Community College in Lansing, MI on Thursday, March 14. The free event included technical training classes, a trade show, raffles and live demonstrations.

    Approximately 110 educators and administrators attended the event. Educators attending the technical training sessions received certificates with 6 NATEF hours at the end of the conference.

    Technical training presentations were provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Tesla, Atech, ASE, Jim Halderman, Joliet Junior College, Snap-on, CDX, Heimstadt-Wilson, Goodheart-Willcox and the CAAT. Nelson Kelly, CAAT Assistant Director, presented on Connected, Automated, and Intelligent Vehicles.

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    2018

    DMA Fall Conference
    Technical Career Pathways and Options — Putting the 'T' in STEM

    Design and Manufacturing AllianceNovember 2, 2018

    The conference featured CTE success stories and highlight currently available best practices. The keynote speaker for the event was Mandi Damman, Chief Engineer for Autonomous Vehicles, General Motors. Other speakers discussed Michigan’s Marshall Plan for Talent, the  MI Bright Future program and best STEM practices in Genesee County. The event also featured an area-wide student panel.

    The DMA conference is free, but registration is required.

    DMA Conference Sponsors


    2018 Fall SEMATA Conference

    October 4, 2019

    The 2018 Fall Southeastern Michigan Automotive Teachers Association (WEMATA) Conference was held at Macomb Community College's South Campus in Warren, MI on Thursday, October 4. The free event included technical training classes, a trade show, raffles and live demonstrations.

    Approximately 130 educators and administrators attended the event. Educators attending the technical training sessions received certificates with 6 NATEF hours at the end of the conference.

    Technical training presentations were provided by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Tesla, Atech, ASE, Jim Halderman, Joliet Junior College, Snap-on, CDX, Heimstadt-Wilson, Goodheart-Willcox and the CAAT. Nelson Kelly, CAAT Assistant Director, presented on Connected, Automated, and Intelligent Vehicles.


    2018 Fall Professional Development Course
    Electric-Drive Vehicle Technology

    October 2-3, 2018
    9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
    Automotive Technology Department 
    Sinclair Community College   
    444 West Third Street                                                                                      
    Dayton, OH 45402

    The workshop provided fundamentals of electric-drive vehicle powertrain configurations, electric propulsion components, energy storage systems, power electronics and electric machines to:

    • Community college instructors
    • 4-year college/university engineering and technology faculty
    • High school science and technology teachers
    • Automotive industry professionals

    Workshop Content

    • Topic 1: Overview of HEV/PHEV/EV/FCV
    • Topic 2: Advanced Battery Systems for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles
    • Topic 3: Power Electronics and Traction Motor for Electric-drive Vehicles
    • Topic 4: Cooperative Connected Vehicle

    Those attending this workshop received a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University, course materials, and a $150 stipend


    2018 CAAT Conference - Testing Tomorrow's Autonomous Vehicles Today

    2018 CAAT Conference
    Testing Tomorrow's Autonomous Vehicles Today

    April 20, 2018

    The conference targeted automotive industry representatives and secondary and post-secondary automotive educators and administrators. Representatives from automotive-related government and professional organizations attended.

    The event will featured keynote speaker, Carla Bailo, President and CEO, Center for Automotive Research, speaking on the Future of Mobility.

    And included presentations on:

    • Testing Autonomous Vehicles
    • Autonomous Vehicle Simulation Testing
    • Impact on the Workforce
    • STEM Activities in Southeast Michigan

      Conference Information


    2018 STEM Success for Women Telesummit

    April 17-26, 2018

    2018 Women Telesummit The 2018 Telesummit was a can't miss event for educators—particularly at the community college level—who are serious about broadening participation for female students and enrolling up to 25-50% female students in their STEM programs, and ensuring high retention rates.

    This free online Telesummit was filled with secrets and strategies from 15 of the country's top experts and practitioners in the successful recruitment and retention of women and underserved populations in STEM and CTE.


    2018 MATA Spring Conference

    April 12, 2018

    The inaugural Michigan Automotive Teachers Association (MATA) Conference was held on April 12, 2018 at Lansing Community College’s west campus. The event expanded the reach of the Southeast Michigan Automotive Teacher's Association (SEMATA) Conference to accommodate teachers from all over Michigan.

    The conference began with a networking breakfast for approximately 120 attendees representing high-schools, community colleges, and universities with automotive educational programs. This was followed by a welcome and a discussion of industry updates by Kurtis LaHaie, an automotive instructor from Macomb Community College.

    Eleven 70-minute technical training sessions were then offered. Attendees were able to select the three sessions that best met their training needs. CAAT Assistant Director, Nelson Kelly, was on hand to present two of the training sessions, which were:

    1. The Road to Autonomous Vehicles
    2. Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: The Chemistry, the Cars, the Careers

    During breaks and lunch participants attended a trade show featuring 15 exhibitors who showcased their educational training materials and tools. The meeting ended with a round table discussion and a raffle of many prizes which were donated by the generous exhibitors.

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    2017

    DMA Fall Conference
    Resources for 21st Century Jobs

    Design and Manufacturing AllianceNovember 3, 2017

    The world is changing very rapidly. What the future holds for education and future jobs is a mystery. This conference attempted to provide clues for educators and students. Additionally it featured the world premiere of the “Ford Piquette Plant Documentary”. This film was funded by the DMA and is a gift to the museum.

    One of the major initiatives of the DMA is to help students understand what careers are available to them via museum and industry tours. The documentary is intended as a teaching tool for students prior to visiting the Piquette Plant.

     

    DMA Conference Sponsors


    NACAT 2017 Conference
    Drive-in' the Motor City

    July 17-20, 2017

    The CAAT and Macomb Community College hosted the 2017 North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) Conference at our South Campus in Warren, MI.

    The conference offered quality training sessions and workshops, a trade show,  and opportunities to meet some of the best trainers and educators in the automotive industry.

    NACAT collage
    Conference Information


    2017 Summer Professional Development Course
    Advanced Automotive Technology

    Wayne State University July 10 & 11, 2017
    9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Advanced Technology Education Center (ATEC)
    Wayne State University
    14601 E Twelve Mile Road
    Warren, MI 48088

    This workshop was designed to provide fundamental concepts of the emerging technology in advanced automotive technology to:

    • Community college instructors
    • 4-year college/university engineering and technology faculty
    • High school science and technology teachers
    • Automotive industry professionals

    Those attending this workshop will

    • Explore state-of-the-art advanced automotive technology including fuel-cell systems for vehicles, cooperative connected vehicles, and lightweight materials for automotive applications.
    • Discuss the emerging automotive technologies, course curriculum and lab development with professionals and peers
    • Receive a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University, course materials, and a $200 stipend

    Download the Course Flyer and Application Form.

    If you have any questions, please contact Marsherry Jarrett at 313-577-9410 or yeh@wayne.edu.


    2017 CAAT Conference
    Driverless Cars, but What is Driving the Workforce?

    April 28, 2017

    2017 CAAT ConferenceThe event featured keynote speaker, Kay Stepper, Vice President, Head of Regional Business Unit Driver Assistance & Automated Driving at Robert Bosch LLC.

    The conference included:

    • Technology updates on connected and automated vehicles, fuel cells, and lightweighting. (Macomb Community College)
    • Workplace Reports from Oakland Workforce Development/Oakland County Michigan Works! and Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN)
    • A panel discussion on workforce needs with representatives from industry and academia
    • Curriculum development updates by Macomb Community College

     

    Participants earned 2 NATEF Credits for attending the 2017 CAAT Conference.

    Conference Information

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    2016

    2016 Summer Professional Development Course
    Electric-Drive Vehicles Technology

    Erie Community College

    July 21 & 22, 2016
    9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Vehicle Technology Training Center
    Automotive Technology
    Erie Community College
    5885 Big Tree Road
    Orchard Park, NY 14127

    This workshop was designed to provide the fundamentals of electric-drive vehicle powertrain configurations, electric propulsion components, energy storage systems, and light weighting materials to:

    • Community college instructors
    • 4-year college/university engineering and technology faculty
    • High school science and technology teachers
    • Automotive industry professionals

    Those attending this workshop will explore state-of-the-art advanced automotive technology including electric-drive vehicles, connected vehicles, energy storage systems, and light weighting materials.

    Workshop participants will receive a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University, course materials, and a $200 stipend.

    Download the Course Flyer and Application Form.

    If you have any questions, please contact Chelsea Dundas at 313-577-0800 or FZ6043@wayne.edu.


    2016 CAAT Conference
    The Road to Autonomous Vehicles

    May 6, 2016
    Macomb Community College
    South Campus, K building

    CAAT Conference Audience

    This FREE event, offered by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), was held at Macomb Community College's South Campus in Warren, MI, on Friday, May 6, 2016.

    Participants learned about the many complexities involved in the development of automated and connected vehicles, including the infrastructure needed to support these high tech vehicles. There are also many legal, insurance and cybersecurity concerns that must be addressed by the industry and government before full implementation of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles can occur.  The conference included a keynote presentation on the future of the automotive industry by Jeff Klei, President of Continental North America, and three Tech Talk sessions on the Challenges, Infrastructure and Cybersecurity of automated and connected vehicles.  Our impressive lineup of Tech Talk speakers and panelists provided insights on these complex issues from industry, government and educator perspectives, providing attendees with the information necessary to assess the technical training needs of future workers in advanced automotive technology.

    Visit our conference page for complete details.

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    2015

    2015 Fall Professional Development Course
    Electric-Drive Vehicles Technology

    December 17 & 18, 2015
    9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Department of Industrial Systems and Technology
    Jackson State University
    Jackson, MS 39217

    Jackson State University Entrance with Presenters

    This workshop was designed to provide the fundamentals of electric-drive vehicle powertrain configurations, electric propulsion components, energy storage systems, and light weighting materials to:

    • Community college instructors
    • 4-year college/university engineering and technology faculty
    • High school science and technology teachers
    • Automotive industry professionals

    Those attending this workshop explored state-of-the-art advanced automotive technology including electric-drive vehicles, connected vehicles, energy storage systems, and light weighting materials.

    Workshop participants received a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University, course materials, and a $200 stipend.

    Download the course materials.

    If you have any questions, please contact Joshua Routhier at 313-577-5386 or joshua.routhier@wayne.edu.


    2015 CAAT Conference
    Future Cars, Future Workforce

    2015 CAAT Conference a Great Success!

    2015 CAAT Conference Presentation

    The CAAT hosted its annual conference this year on May 1, 2015.  We were pleased to have approximately 130 attendees representing 11 States and 2 Countries, 11 universities, 18 community colleges, 9 School Districts, and 25 industry employers.

    Last but certainly not least, we would like to send a very special "thank you" to our conference speakers, who shared a wealth of information with our conference attendees on the current direction of the automotive industry, and the workforce needed to support the many new and emerging advances in automotive technology.

    • Jeff Gilbert, Reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBS Radio News
    • Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure, BMW NA
    • Matt Smith, Program Manager, Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Kristin Dziczek, Director, Industry and Labor Group, Center for Automotive Research

    We hope this year's CAAT Conference was both enjoyable and informative!  Check out the conference presentations, they are all posted on the CAAT website so you can explore the information or share it with colleagues and friends. Download the presentations from the 2015 CAAT Conference, and visit the CAAT website.

    Thank you to our conference sponsors for their participation and ongoing support of this annual event.

    Last but certainly not least, we would like to send a very special "thank you" to our conference speakers, who shared a wealth of information with our conference attendees on the current direction of the automotive industry, and the workforce needed to support the many new and emerging advances in automotive technology.

    • Jeff Gilbert, Reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBS Radio News
    • Robert Healey, Head of EV Infrastructure, BMW NA
    • Matt Smith, Program Manager, Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Kristin Dziczek, Director, Industry and Labor Group, Center for Automotive Research

    STEM Success for Women - Telesummit

    STEM Women

    The CAAT joined IWITTS and several other NSF ATE Center partners to promote a FREE STEM Success for Women Telesummit on Empowering Educators to Recruit and Retain More Women in STEM. The event was held April 13-16, 2015. In this virtual telesummit, funded by the National Science Foundation, some of the country's leading experts shared best practices for increasing the number of female students in STEM career pathways.

    Deans, administrators, instructors and counselors left this virtual conference with immediate action steps to jumpstart their recruitment efforts and help their female students succeed. Focused exclusively on solutions backed by hard data and demonstrated outcomes, this was a can't-miss event for educators--particularly at the community college level --serious about achieving balance in their STEM programs and securing high retention rates for their female AND male students.

    Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, joined 10 other top experts and practitioners to discuss recruiting and retaining women in STEM Education. Other ATE Centers partnering to promote the event included Mentor Connect, SpaceTEC, TeachingTechnicians.org, Weld-Ed and EvaluATE. For more information about this free event, please visit the event web page.

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    2014

    2014 Summer Professional Development Course
    Electric-Drive Vehicles Technology

    June 7 & 8, 2014
    9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Lorain County Community College
    1005 N Abbe Road
    Elyria, OH 44035

    Liao presenting at Lorain County Communithy College
    Gene Liao

    This workshop was designed to provide the fundamentals of electric-drive vehicles’ development, design, manufacturing, and marketing to:

    • Community college instructors
    • 4-year college/university engineering and technology faculty
    • High school science and technology teachers
    • Automotive industry professionals

    The workshop focused on vehicle electrifications, road load, hybrid powertrains and components, future trends, power electronics such as traction motors and invertors, controls, and hands-on exercises.

    By attending and completing this workshop, participants received a certificate of completion accredited by Wayne State University, course materials, and a $200 stipend.

    Download the presentations from the course.

    If you have any questions, please contact Joyce Lien at 313-577-5386 or joycelien@wayne.edu.


    2014 CAAT Conference
    You Can't See the Future in the Rearview Mirror

    2014 CAAT Conference
    2014 CAAT Conference

    This free conference by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) was held at Macomb Community College's South Campus on May 2, 2014. The event was targeted towards automotive industry workforce development representatives as well as secondary and postsecondary automotive educators, counselors, and school administrators.

    The conference theme You Can’t See the Future in the Rearview Mirror was inspired by how the rapid pace of change in the automotive industry will continue and, in many ways will accelerate in part due to increasing fuel economy standards and the new technology needed to meet them. This conference examined the coming era for vehicle manufacturers and suppliers and what these changes in technology mean for educating and training the talent needed to support the industry now and in the future. Presentations were provided by representatives from government, industry, and education in a keynote session and technical session.

    To learn more about this conference, visit its page on our website or download the presentations from it in our Resource Library.

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