SIU expanding automotive course to focus on electric vehicle education

Julian Ortiz, a student this spring in an electric vehicle propulsion course offered by SIU...
Julian Ortiz, a student this spring in an electric vehicle propulsion course offered by SIU Carbondale’s automotive technology program, is removing a power-inverter from a donated 2016 Subaru Crosstrek hybrid vehicle as Justin Kucharski watches. The new course is one of the latest examples of nationally recognized program incorporating a focus on hybrid and electric vehicles. (Photos by Russell Bailey)(Rusty Bailey | (Source: Russel Bailey))
Published: May. 24, 2021 at 3:45 PM CDT
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CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale’s automotive technology program is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) education.

SIU has recently developed a 10-week, six-credit-hour course on electric vehicle advancements.

The nationally recognized program’s curriculum has incorporated a focus on hybrid and electric vehicles for several years.

“What we are learning here is the current technology, and we are also dipping into the future technology of electric vehicles,” said Joe Quattrochi, who earned his bachelor’s degree earlier this month and went to work as a repair technician for Rivian, an Irvine, California-based electric vehicle company with a manufacturing plant in Normal, Illinois. “What we are learning here is everything we are going to need to survive in the industry going forward into the next decades.”

With more attention on electric vehicles, the program is incorporating more emphasis on this with new coursework.

The course was first offered in the fall of 2020.

“This class, in particular, across the board, has been asking me to show them everything that I know so that they can succeed in the industry,” said Jessica Suda, an assistant professor. “They realize that this is the way in which the industry is going to go.”

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