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New vehicle development technician associate degree program introduced at Macomb Community College

– Tuesday, June 12, 2018 9:00AM

Information session planned for June 19 with registration beginning in July

Macomb Community College is introducing a new associate degree program to prepare students to assist in the development of highly automated and electrified state-of-the-art vehicles. The new vehicle development technician program will begin in fall 2018 and train students to assist building and testing prototype vehicles and vehicle systems. Graduates could ultimately work with automotive manufacturers and equipment suppliers in engineering, and research and development.

“We’ve heard from our industry partners time and again that they need technicians with mechanical, electronic and software skills to assist their engineers in developing new, highly automated vehicles,” said Joe Petrosky, dean, Engineering and Advanced Technology. “They are looking for people with a unique skill set; people who can build and test prototype vehicles and vehicle systems when there is no service manual to consult.”

A vehicle development technician needs to be mechanically-inclined, understand electronics and able to build wiring harnesses, while at the same time understanding vehicle networks and software and able to work with sensor output and data acquisition.

“The driver assistance and automated development programs are moving very quickly,” said Simon Price, manager, Engineering Technical Services, Robert Bosch LLC, one of the industry partners who provided expertise and feedback to Macomb. “Automotive technology is also growing and changing very quickly, and we need associates with the skill sets to not only be able to handle the current technological demands, but to adapt quickly with the advancements of tomorrow.”

Macomb’s new vehicle development technician program will be run as a four-semester cohort-style program meeting three days per week, with 15 to 25 students per cohort. Course work will be a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on training, including automotive technology, engineering technology and information technology courses focused on building mechanical, IT and electronics skill sets.  A minimum of 66 credits, including 15 to 17 general education courses, are required for graduation. Two new courses were developed for the program, including one focused on connected, automated, intelligent vehicles and another on laboratory testing and data acquisition from vehicle systems.  The new courses were developed with the assistance of Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts and the University of Alabama.

The ideal attributes for program candidates are individuals who like working with their hands, have a keen automotive interest and who would enjoy bringing engineering concepts to life.

Those interested in the vehicle development technician program are urged to attend an information session on Tuesday, June 19, 6 to 7 p.m., on the college’s South Campus, Building K, Room 301. Registration for the program begins in July. For more information, visit www.macomb.edu/AutoTech2 or call 586-445-7117.

The new program has been designed to meet industry needs identified by members of the college’s Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) Advisory Board.

“Bosch has been a member of Macomb’s CAAT Advisory Board, networking with professionals from the automotive sector and providing industry-experienced feedback towards the program,” said Price. “What is important to note is that partnerships between academia and industry help to address market needs and prepare students for the exciting opportunities available to them.”

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu) is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is 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.

Media contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271, patricks28@macomb.edu