Vehicle Connectivity for Automotive Technicians, Michigan Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group, April 11, 2019

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 This presentation provides the new skills required and the courses used to educate Service and Vehicle Development technicians who will be working with wireless vehicle technologies. It was shown to the Michigan Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group meeting, held on April 11, 2019.  Continue to the bottom of the page for the Resource Line.

"Connectivity for Improved Safety" was the theme of the Michigan Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group meeting held on April 11, 2019.

This presentation shows the educational pathway for two types of automotive technicians:
• Service Technicians who maintain and repair existing vehicles
• Vehicle Development Technicians who work with engineers to design future vehicles and systems

Both types of automotive technicians need new skills as vehicles become increasingly connected to each other and the surrounding infrastructure.

Service technicians must understand how vehicles communicate with their surroundings. Currently, a service technician must understand communications systems such as radios, cell phones, and global positioning to maintain and repair such systems.

The Vehicle Development Technician (VDT) Degree recently introduced at Macomb Community College has a deeper background in connectivity. A VDT will have the skills in wireless communications, digital signals, and sophisticated diagnostic tools needed to help develop a vehicle that can drive itself.

Two courses in the degree program focus on this skill set:
• ITNT 1500, "Principals of Networking"
• AUTO 2000, "Connected, Automated, and Intelligent Vehicles

A new comprehensive textbook was released that has chapters on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that are beginning to include vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1801150 Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Connected and Automated Vehicles
HEV/EV System Technologies (HEV, EV, and Plug-in HEV)
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Resource Type:
Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT), Macomb Community College
Author & Title:
Nelson Kelly, Assistant Director, Energy and Automotive Technology
Date Developed:
Thursday, April 25, 2019
advanced driver assistance systems,autonomous vehicles,connected car,education,Vehicle Development Technician (VDT),vehicle to vehicle (V2V),vehicle to everything (V2X),workforce
Education Level:
High School (9-12)
Undergrad Students (13-14)
Undergrad Students (15-16)
Graduate Students
Industry Professionals/Practitioners