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Macomb Community College’s electric vehicle technology certificate prepares students for emerging jobs in a growing field

– Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00AM

Program tuition-free to qualified students

In 2013, nearly 600,000 hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles were sold in the U.S., a 21 percent increase over 2012, according to, which tracks sales of green vehicles. That kind of growth creates opportunities for those with the skills to design and maintain electrified cars and components. Macomb Community College’s electric vehicle (EV) development technology certificate trains students to enter the emerging field as development, electrical test and manufacturing technicians.

Information sessions about the program will be held on May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. and June 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.  at Macomb Community College’s South Campus in Warren.  Tuition free   to qualified students, the EV certificate program is funded through a U.S. Department of Labor grant, with priority given to unemployed veterans and displaced workers.  The 28-credit program takes one year to complete and includes in-class and online instruction, as well as hands-on projects.  Those who don’t qualify for the tuition-free cohort program may sign up to take coursework toward the certificate on their own.

“The courses are focused on getting students the skills they need to enter the growing EV and clean energy fields quickly and with the tools they need to succeed,” said Joseph Petrosky, dean, Engineering and Advanced Technology at Macomb Community College. “EVs are still a small segment, but sales are growing a lot faster than the overall vehicle market. By 2020, the worldwide electric vehicle value chain will likely be greater than $250 billion.”

 The certificate can be applied to Macomb’s associate of applied science degree in manufacturing technology, which can transfer to Wayne State University toward a bachelor of science degree.

The information sessions will be held in Room 301 at the John Lewis Student Community Center (K Building) on the college’s South Campus in Warren. Attendees will get an overview of the courses, job opportunities, program admissions process and funding. They also will hear the perspective of a current student. To register or get more information, visit or call 586.445.7432. To view a video about the program, click here.

The EV certificate is endorsed by the Michigan Academy of Green Mobility Alliance (MAGMA), which also provided the impetus for its development.  MAGMA is a partnership between the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and automotive manufacturing industry employers.

“The electrified vehicle segment will be increasingly important as fuel-economy standards get tighter,” said Tony Tisler of MAGMA. “That means the need for people trained in EV technology will increase. If Michigan wants to remain competitive in green mobility, we’ll need the people to fill emerging jobs in fields such as battery cell/battery pack development, high voltage safety, electric motors, power electronics, controls, calibration and vehicle maintenance in all of these areas.”

Redford resident Jonathan Burt, 33, who previously worked in post-secondary education, said he enrolled in the EV program “because it is a cutting-edge field” and because he likes working with his hands. He also sees a career in EVs as a chance to improve the world. Burt is completing an internship with Fanuc Robotics and is expected to graduate in August 2014.

“The EV program has afforded me the opportunity to work as a corporate trainer/robotics instructor with a leading robotic company in Rochester Hills,” Burt said. “It is a career with a handsome salary, [and] benefits.”

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

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