Much of the hope for achieving green technology job growth must come from our Education sector. From solar to wind to electric transportation and more, we can only fill so many jobs as there are qualified candidates. Some schools are taking note of this. In fact, green technology and sustainable manufacturing are potential areas where government and educational organizations can and are arranging various programs that make economic sense.
The fact is working with green technology – especially the electric kind – demands a highly-skilled mechanical- or engineer-driven specialist.
The Michigan Academy for Green Mobility Alliance (MAGMA) is one such strategic partnership between government, schools and automotive employers that understands the need to train more students in designing, manufacturing and servicing hybrid and electric vehicles. The graduate courses or certificate programs that are approved by MAGMA currently include Hybrid Vehicle Engineering at Michigan Technology University, Advanced Electric Vehicles at University of Detroit Mercy, and Electric Drive Vehicle Engineering at Wayne State University.
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding is providing educational grants to help us transition to green technology transportation in the 21st Century. This makes sense since it was recently announced how the greatest threat to US Homeland Security is our country not utilizing its sufficient supply of energy resources so that we’re self-sustainable and energy independent. (Like my song says, “this is the hour and we’ve got the power”.)
Through MAGMA there are also non-credit Professional Development coursework for green technology jobs at SAE International, A & D Technology, Wayne State University, and the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology Center. Some subject highlights are the “Safe Handling of High Voltage Battery Systems”, “Selective Catalytic Reduction for Diesel Engines”, and “Advanced Energy Storage Fundamentals of Battery Systems”.
These course titles are quite a mouthful, don’t you agree?
With registration expected beginning fall 2012, faculty members from the University of Colorado at Boulder and Colorado Springs are collaborating to offer a progressive master’s program that includes both online and classroom instruction for students interested in learning to work with Electric Cars. The school is receiving a five-year $954,000 government grant, again from the DOE, for developing this program.
For people who are a bit technically challenged like me, don’t lose hope if you want a green job sans technology. Good Jobs, Green Jobs Regional Conferences in 2012 is organizing four events around the country, specifically in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Detroit. Now in its fifth year, this organization brings community leaders together with an emphasis on environmental, business, and labor relations.
For example, the Green Jobs South Atlanta agenda is extensive and includes topics such as Clean Transportation Manufacturing Action Plan, Building Eco-innovative Workforce Strategies for Youth Infrastructure and Cleaner, Greener Jobs through Improved Chemical Safety Best Practices, and E3 – Economy, Energy and the Environment: Supporting Manufacturing Leadership through Sustainability.
I especially like the latter title, “E3 – Economy, Energy and the Environment” as a new catch phrase for our times, reinforcing how educational training in green technology and the creation of green jobs are what the future holds in store. Clearly the E3 are key to sustainability. (Forgive the tongue-twister rhyme…remember, I write lyrics too!)
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