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In This Issue

Featured Resources in Automotive Technology

From Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT):

An Overview of a Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) Transmission

This module consists of a lab, PowerPoint presentation, and modified syllabus that all relate to Toyota's continuously variable HEV transmission. The PowerPoint discusses the following: the use of a dry dampener in place of a torque converter; the various roles and controls of each motor in the transmission; structure and efficiency of motor magnets by angle orientation; speed sensor operation through magnets and coils; and power flow through the internal combustion engine, electric motors, batteries, transmission, and inverter under various driving conditions. The lab is intended to familiarize technicians with common service point locations and procedures on a Prius Hybrid (2003-2011), such as coolant bleed and fill (engine and inverter), transmission fluid drain and fill, high voltage wiring, auxiliary battery and precautions, and activating Inspection Mode. For educators looking to modify current courses, the syllabus has highlighted fields where the HEV transmission was incorporated into an automotive transmissions and transaxles course at Lewis and Clark Community College.

From Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM):

Typical Automotive Manufacturing Technology Degree Requirements

This document from the Consortium for Alabama Regional Center for Automotive Manufacturing (CARCAM) provides the typical automotive manufacturing technology degree requirements. Actual classes will vary by institution. The requirements include general education classes as well as specialized automotive manufacturing coursework.

From ATE Central:


ATE Student Success Stories: Llew’s Story

Llew Powell worked at a succession of unsatisfying jobs, but he knew he liked problem solving and fixing things. Those skills have come in handy since he started his program at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology working on hybrid vehicles; now he feels more engaged in his day-to-day work and prepared for a career in the automotive industry. To download this video and/or captions, visit:

Community Connection


Archiving with ATE Central – An Interview with Kendra Bouda

The newest NSF ATE RFP stipulates that grantees funded under this solicitation archive appropriate materials and resources with ATE Central. Earlier this month, Kendra Bouda, ATE Central’s Metadata and Information Specialist, provided some very helpful information about what archiving in the context of ATE looks like and why it’s important for ATE projects and centers to think about archiving early in their funding cycle. She also touches on the new RFP requirements, outlines licensing protocols, and offers advice for grantees just getting started with the process.

ATE Central: There’s been a lot of talk about archiving lately. Could you tell me a little about what archiving is and why ATE projects and centers should archive their materials?

Kendra Bouda: While the most recent ATE RFP—the one released this past October—was the first to make explicit mention of archiving, NSF has been requiring that ATE applicants submit a data management plan, or DMP, for close to four years now. The purpose of the DMP is to ensure that data generated with ATE funds are stored and shared with broader audiences. Archiving serves much the same purpose; in fact, archiving with ATE Central may very well be a strategy outlined in a project or center’s DMP.

An archive, in the simplest of terms, is a collection of materials that is preserved for its enduring value. While archives come in all shapes and sizes, the ATE Central archive is a virtual space where deliverables and select administrative documents that have been created by ATE projects and centers are collected, stored, and made publically available in a digital format. By storing materials with ATE Central, projects and centers can rest assured that their materials will remain accessible after their funding cycle is complete.

ATE Central: ATE Central offers an archiving service specifically for members of the ATE community. Can you tell me a little about that?

Kendra Bouda: Sure. The ATE Central archiving service is available to all ATE projects and centers, both past and present. Essentially, we work individually with each project or center to navigate the archiving process, one step at a time. While the process itself can vary widely, we help in selecting materials for archiving, import and upload materials to ATE Central servers, and create unique resource records, similar to the library catalog records we’re all familiar with. Those resource records are freely available via the ATE Central resource portal. We’re also happy to provide any additional assistance that ATE projects or centers might need in archiving their materials with us.

For more from this interview, check out the complete post on the ATE@20 blog. Additionally, if you have specific questions about the archiving process, or have some success stories you would like to share, please email

ATE Success Tips: Effective Use of Email Outreach

Email is one of the most powerful techniques of effective outreach. As the base of most communication today, it serves as an essential platform to promote the work being done by your ATE project or center, to generate new ideas between your institutional and industry partners, and to simply get work done. However, studies have shown that the average attention span is a brief 8 seconds. To get the most out of an email message, try to make sure it’s short, simple, personal, intriguing, and conversational, while limiting the message to no more than 150 words if possible. If your recipient has to spend a minute reading your email, chances are it is already too long.

Did You Know?

According to the Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE), the skilled trades are the hardest jobs to fill in the United States. Recent data cites 806,000 jobs open in the trade, transportation, and utilities sectors and 293,000 jobs open in manufacturing.

ATE Events

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News & Reminders

Share your STEM-based solutions with NSF’s Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC)

The National Science Foundation invites teams of community college students to identify key problems and propose innovative solutions in the areas of big data, broadening participation in STEM, sustainability, improving STEM education, and infrastructure security in their Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC). CCIC Finalists will be invited to an Innovation Boot Camp and compete to win cash prizes. Deadline to submit: January 15, 2015, via the challenge website.

Check out this video for more information:

DOE Community College Internship (CCI) Program is now accepting applications for Fall 2015!

The DOE’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) supports workforce training programs designed to motivate students and educators in the pursuit of science-related careers. Each year the WDTS offers numerous internship opportunities for students, including the Community College Internship (CCI) Program. Instructions for applying and access to the online application can be found here. Mark your calendars- the deadline to apply is January 9, 2015 at 5:00pm ET.

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