Safe Handling of High Voltage Battery Systems C1019

Topics: Powertrain & Propulsion

This course will introduce participants to the risks encountered in handling high voltage battery systems and their component parts. With the understanding of these risks, the course will then address how to raise risk awareness and then methods of dealing with those risks. The outcome of this course should be improved avoidance of personal injury, reduced risk of reputation loss, product liability actions and reduced risk of loss of property and time. Participants will have an opportunity to participate in a real world battery handling case study scenario in which they will identify solutions for potential risk situations.

Learning Objectives

By attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the handling risks of the battery system
  • Respect the risks and work with them
  • Develop a safety program to manage the risks

Who Should Attend

This course is primarily intended for vehicle and battery engineers, battery system integration engineers, battery testing engineers, safety systems engineers, electrical engineers and thermal management engineers recently assigned to their roles or returning to hybrid or electric vehicle programs. It will also be beneficial to those involved in the specification, design, development, testing and planning of hybrid vehicle programs. Prototype shop staff will find the safety protocol aspects helpful.


SAE course C0626, Introduction to Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Battery Systems, is recommended as a prerequisite. Material presented will be practical in nature and is based on selected fundamentals of chemistry, materials science, and electrical and mechanical engineering. An undergraduate degree in electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering will assist in gaining maximum benefit from the material presented. Experience or training in battery electrochemistry is helpful, but not essential.

You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

Erik Spek or Kevin Konecky

ErikMr. Spek is an advisor and seminar leader for battery and cell manufacturers, vehicle OEMs and utility grid users of energy storage systems. He is also a consultant in the field of energy storage systems focusing on applications, verification testing, cell and battery production facilities safety and sodium ion battery development. His industrial work has been with GE, Black and Decker, ABB, Magna International and ThinkCoulombic Inc. Battery technologies development has included NaS, Zebra, NiMH and Li-Ion.  Mr. Spek is co-holder of a patent for next generation sodium metal chloride architecture for low cost and high energy density. He has authored articles on Weibull statistics for battery life and BEV range modeling and has been active in the battery industry since 1984. Mr. Spek is a member of SAE International and is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer with SME. He received an M.A.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, Canada.>

Kevin KoneckyMr. Kevin Konecky recently joined Byton Automotive as Director of Powertrain; responsible for all development and design activities for the high-voltage powertrain. Byton is a newer global company developing an innovative and connected long-range electric vehicle. Recently, as an Energy Storage Systems consultant for Total Battery Consulting, where he’s worked with a number of companies in the field of Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for automotive, stationary and consumer applications. Mr. Konecky has been a career-long proponent of strong product development and validation plans that ensures a robust product for production. Mr. Konecky has worked in the advanced vehicle and battery industry for 20 years at Fisker Automotive, General Motors, EnerDel, Cobasys and Lockheed Martin. Mr. Konecky has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University (Potsdam, NY) and a MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue (IUPUI-Indianapolis, IN).

Duration: 1 Day
CEUs: .7

Format: Virtual

Event ID: S-00596

Location: Live Online

Session Info:

  • Session 1 - March 19 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - March 21 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET)
    2 Sessions

  • Fees: $599.00

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