If you’re in the market for a green job, there are a number of specialty programs in which you can enroll to get a step up in the renewable energy world. The courses and subjects being offered generally match real-world demand. Which is why its so exciting to hear that the nation’s first electric vehicle engineering graduate program will be offered this fall!
Electric vehicles (also known as EVs) are starting to roll out in greater numbers as both demand and supporting infrastructure have increased. One of the most anticipated electric cars, the Chevy Volt, will be available to consumers in November 2010.
Wayne State University in Detroit – the unofficial auto manufacturing capitol of the U.S. – is getting ahead of the curve to prep its graduate students for a world of electric cars. It claims to be offering the first graduate program (beyond a mere certificate or minor) in EV engineering.
According to the University’s webpage:
Funded by a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Wayne State’s Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering programs reflect a transformative shift in the automobile industry from petroleum-powered engines to renewable, resource-based, electric-powered motors.
The electric-drive vehicle industry has emerged as an important focus for Wayne State. An increase in consumer demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles and the auto industry’s efforts to comply with the 2020 CAFE standards have created a sense of urgency for electric-drive vehicle education. In addition, the U.S. auto industry is developing vehicle propulsion systems that will reduce emissions today and provide a platform for further technological advances in the future. The primary developments are hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles, all of which are covered by Wayne State’s new degree and certificate programs.
If you want to register for one of the new Wayne State University programs to advance a career in EV engineering, you can choose between a bachelor of science in Electric Transportation Technology (ETT), a master of science in Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering and a graduate certificate program in Electric-Drive Vehicle Engineering, a subset of the master’s degree.
In order to ensure the relevancy of the programs’ curriculum, private industry helped develop the courses so that their needs will be met by graduating students. Enthused Nancy Gioia, the Director of Global Electrification for Ford:
The program is an outstanding collaborative effort for the universities and the private sector, working together to create new curriculums required to transform our work force for the technologies of the future.”
At its inception the new electric vehicle engineering graduate program will only have space for several hundred students. Engineers seeking a new job or to gain additional skills may apply. Don’t delay – enrollment for fall 2010 is only open until July 1.
Beyond that, you’ll have to wait until the next term… or hope that additional EV engineering graduate programs are soon offered at other universities!
If you’d like information on graduate admissions for the School of Engineering at Wayne State University, click here.