Automotive

Engaging Students with Hands-On Learning

About five years ago, I noticed it was getting more and more difficult for my students to retain the information presented in my CNC Machining Program. You see, at that time, I was making widgets in class that demonstrated the basic processes performed on CNC machines. These widgets, though, had no meaning to my students because they weren’t part of anything real or usable.

The result? Students were disinterested.
One day, while shopping for a remote control (RC) car, it occurred to me these cars are like an actual vehicle, with four-wheel, independent suspension and transmissions with front and rear differentials. As a CNC manufacturing engineer, before I entered teaching, I machined driveline components for agricultural and military applications. So, as a teacher, I knew the driveline components on the remote-controlled cars were machined and closely represented a real-life driveline. A closer examination of the RC car revealed to me I could use the resources in my CNC lab to design, re-engineer, set up, program and run almost the entire RC car as a class project.
Hands-On Learning

NATEF Introduces Guide for New Automotive Instructors

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) has developed an online guide targeted toward automotive technicians who are interested in transitioning to an instructor role. The guide covers such teaching topics as lesson planning, lesson delivery, student assessment and useful resources for new instructors. The NATEF New Instructor Guide, which is available free to all instructors, was developed through a grant from Ingersoll Rand.

NATEF said it created this guide to help new automotive instructors be more successful in making the transition from doing to teaching. It also provides resources for instructors already in the field.


Automotive Technicians in High Demand at General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Toyota

100% Job Placement, $16.50/hr Starting Pay in Community College Auto Tech Programs

Parents, guidance counselors and other influencers need to understand how great the opportunity is for students with an interest in technology. In all 50 states, the demand for trained, professional automotive technicians has never been higher. “With the cost of college the way it is, the idea of enrolling in college is daunting,” says FCA’s John Fox, in an interview with Craig Fitzgerald of Bestride.com,  “The value equation relative to a career in automotive technical training combined with the earning potential is hard to beat.”

Manufacturer supported programs include:

BMW STEP Program: http://www.bmwstep.com/ 

GM ASEP Program: https://gmasep.org/  

Ford ASSET Program: https://www.newfordtech.com/  

MOPAR CAP Program: http://www.moparcap.com/  

Toyota T-TEN Program: http://www.toyota.com/usa/tten/ 

Mercedes-Benz’s Automotive Systems Technical Program: http://www.mbusi.com/employment/training/71-mechatronics-training-program-2  

Mercedes-Benz Mechatronics Program: http://www.mbusi.com/employment/training/109-mechatronics-program 

Auto Tech Jobs in Demand

Michigan's Governor Snyder to Increase Spending on Technical Education by $36 Million

Car production is booming, Michigan's skilled tradesmen are getting older and there aren't enough qualified people to replace them in a labor pool that has started to shift away from industrial jobs. So in a change of course, the state is going back to its roots and putting renewed emphasis on training welders, machinists, electricians and other blue-collar workers. Gov. Rick Snyder says the pendulum has swung too far toward encouraging students to get a four-year degree when they should also consider an apprenticeship or a community college program. "Big mistake," he said.


Automotive Industry Future will Require Innovation, Advanced STEM Education

David Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, in remarks to the Lansing Chamber of Commerce Economic Luncheon and interview with the Lansing Journal, said "the automotive workforce is aging and doesn’t have enough younger talent with skilled trades or expertise in technical fields to replace retiring employees".

"That will be problematic in an industry that has had to adapt to be leaner, more globally competitive and more technologically advanced after surviving what essentially was an economic depression," said Cole, who has spent decades studying the industry as an engineering professor and researcher.

The auto industry is in the midst of a “revolution” that will require increased innovation and more employees with science, technology and engineering backgrounds,


Motorsports Classroom Program, Pre-Engineering for STEM Education

MechNet Inc. has developed a very unique educational opportunity for STEM education. One of the programs main goals is to pique the interest of the student, by studying engineering, math and physics concepts on a real world platform. The program also helps students who may have previously had issues in Math and Science, by better relating concepts to topics that can be understood with a real world application. This program brings math and engineering to life. Students will be required to use math and science as a tool to solve a problem. All of the letters in the equation will relate to something real. The course uses the approach of, " for today’s lesson we want to solve for X, and this in the formula we are going to use," along with the data to come up with the answer. The program is based around the popular 1/10th scale remote control racing vehicle and uses sophisticated research quality testing equipment to conduct experiments. It will require the use of mathematical formulas and science principles

Crash Test

American Auto Industry on Verge of Hiring Spree

The auto industry is about to go on a hiring spree as car makers and parts suppliers race to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles.

The new employees will be part of a larger, busier workforce. From coast to coast, the industry is in top gear. Factories are operating at about 95% of capacity, and many are already running three shifts. As a result, some auto and parts companies are doing something they've been reluctant to consider since the recession: Adding floor space and spending millions of dollars on new equipment.

"We're really bumping up against the edge," says Michael Robinet, managing director of IHS Automotive, which forecasts auto production. "So it really is brick-and-mortar time."


General Motors Donates 2014 CTS Vsport to Benefit STEM Education

Mary Barra, General Motors senior vice president, Global Product Development, was honored with the Society of Automotive Engineering Foundation’s 2013 Industry Leadership Award. Barra said GM would donate the first production 2014 Cadillac CTS Vsport, including a performance driving school package, to the SAE Foundation.

The CTS Vsport will be the first Cadillac model to offer an eight-speed automatic transmission. The car is built on the high-performance award-winning ATS architecture and is equipped with a Twin-Turbo V-6.

A live auction will be conducted by Barrett-Jackson later this year, and proceeds will be provided to the SAE Foundation for its science, technology, engineering and mathematics student outreach programs.


F1 in Schools World Finals in Austin Texas 2016

F1 in Schools has confirmed a return to Austin, Texas for the F1 in Schools World Finals 2016. This leading global educational initiative is celebrating its 12th World Finals event next year with the USA hosting the event for the second time, having first welcomed the World Finals to the country in 2013.

Partnering with the Circuit of the Americas (COTA), the premier motor racing circuit in the USA and host for the FIA FORMULA 1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GRAND PRIX, the announcement of the F1 in Schools World Finals returning to the USA was made at the F1 in Schools World Finals 2015, held at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore.

Speaking of the announcement F1 in Schools Founder and Chairman, Andrew Denford, said, “Securing the World Finals event in Austin, in conjunction with Circuit of the Americas is excellent news. We know all the students participating in Regional and National Finals all around the world, will be very excited to hear this news and I’m sure it will spur them on to win a place at next year’s World Finals.

Battelle CyberAuto Security Challenge

How do you persuade would-be, young hackers into taking their quests for electronic thrills and channeling them into something positive? You get them involved in the Battelle CyberAuto Challenge, a first of its kind event hosted by the world’s largest independent R&D organization.


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