SAE 2013 Hybrid Powertrain Complexity and Maintainability Symposium

Technical Session Schedule

Wednesday, October 23

Providing for Excellence in Electrified Vehicle Maintenance Training: What Needs to Done to Ensure Success
(Session Code: HPM600)

Room Superior  1:30 p.m.

Attendees will discover how both manufacturers and academia are addressing the operational challenges and systems complexity issues with technician training. There are only a small fraction of the trained technicians currently needed to repair the hybrid and electric vehicles. Speakers in this session will tell what is being done now to make sure that there are enough trained technicians to repair them in both the OE dealer and independent repair shops. College educators describe how they will be feeding more trained technicians in the repair shops.

Chairpersons - Jeffrey Minter, Automotive Research & Design LLC

Time Paper No. Title
1:30 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Talent Management Strategy to Meet the Challenge of Hybrid Powertrain Complexity
The plethora of hybrid powertrain choices as potential solutions to future fuel economy standards will challenge the organizational capabilities of OEM, suppliers, dealers, and other stakeholders. When combined with required technical advancements in associated vehicle systems, the resulting complexity will be dimensions beyond the means of traditional administrative approaches. The requisite innovations must be accomplished by a human capital pool recruited, developed, deployed and reprocessed in a compressed time scale under intense budget scrutiny even as market conditions remain in extreme flux. This presentation will introduce and describe some of the latest talent management concepts for securing a competitive advantage in such a complex environment.
Louis Wassel, Chrome Star Human Resource Advisors
2:00 p.m. ORAL ONLY
ASE's New Light Hybrid/Electric Vehicle Certification (L3)
This presentation will cover the latest information on a new certification test from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), due to be launched in January, 2015. Along with a detailed description of the proposed Content areas and Task Lists covered by the new L3 certification, we will examine the development process to date.
Tony Molla, National Inst. for Auto Serv Excel
2:15 p.m. ORAL ONLY
SAE Credentialing Vehicle Electrification (VE) Program
The presentation is to enlighten the audience on SAE International’s Professional Development initiatives to bring sector-wide credentialing programs to the industry. The topic of focus will be on the developing Vehicle Electrification program and product line, discussing how the process started and where the program is today.
Clinton Kehr, SAE International
2:30 p.m.
Networking and Refreshment Break
3:00 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Training the Technician for Hybrid Powertrains and Maintainability
This session will discuss local and national initiatives on training technicians at the college level to work in the field of hybrid and electric vehicles. Educational opportunities for all individuals will be discussed such as workshops, courses, certificates, degrees, and articulations to universities will be discussed.
Jennifer Seger, Macomb College
3:30 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Education and Training for Hybrid Electric Vehicle Engineering
With the increasingly stringent regulations on hazardous emissions and fuel economy, various electric and hybrid electric vehicles (xEVs) have attracted more and more attention from automakers, policymakers, and customers. xEVs not only use additional electrical and electronic components, but also could include a conventional internal combustion engine. The challenges presented by these advanced powertrains include power management and optimization, hybrid controller development, and safety-critical fault-mitigation algorithms, all of which require significant expansion and shifting of engineering design methodologies and thinking. Aiming to prepare the next-generation automotive engineering workforces, this presentation will share some curriculum development and improvement experiences from Wayne State University’s one-of-the-kind, multidisciplinary, and industry-oriented master’s degree program in Electric-drive Vehicle Engineering (EVE), as well as its xEV student design competition in EcoCAR2: Plugging In to the Future.
Jerry C. Ku, Wayne State University
4:00 p.m. Panel
Panel Discussion: When Will There Be Enough Adequately Trained Technicians to Service Advanced Electrified Powertrains?
This panel of experts will discuss what has to be done between industry and education to train enough confident and knowledgeable technicians to service the increasing numbers of advanced electrified powertrains that are being produced here in the US. The demand for trained technicians steadily increases each year, yet many technicians are not able to accurately diagnose and correct problems in electrified powertrains. When will we have adequate numbers of technicians able to work on these advanced electrified powertrains as if they were traditional ICE powertrains?
Moderators - Louis Wassel, Chrome Star
Panelists -
Jerry C. Ku, Wayne State Univ.
Jeffrey Minter, Automotive Research & Design LLC
Jennifer Seger, Macomb College
Louis Wassel, Chrome Star

5:00 p.m. ORAL ONLY
Closing Remarks and Adjourn
Jeffrey Minter, Automotive Research & Design LLC