Clemson University will launch a new automotive engineering certificate program for students and industry workers in August, citing the rapid growth of South Carolina’s automotive industry.
The program is a condensed version of the university’s master’s program that will allow workers to continue working at their jobs while also enrolled in the certificate program, according to a news release.
The program, which will cover automotive product innovation, automotive systems, vehicle dynamics and propulsion systems, will be announced to the public on Thursday.
Instructors will include Imtiaz Haque, founding chairman of the Automotive Engineering Department and first executive director of the Carroll A. Campbell Jr. Graduate Engineering Center, who will teach vehicle dynamics in the fall.
Students who complete the two-semester program based at the Clemson International Automotive Research Center in Greenville will earn a certificate in automotive engineering.
Classes will also be offered through technology installed at CU-ICAR which will stream to the main Clemson campus and the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston.
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“The certificate program will expand the scope of Clemson’s automotive engineering program and allow more of the community to take advantage of the CU-ICAR innovation campus,” said Zoran Filipi, chairman of the engineering department. automobile, in the press release.
Registration is now open for industry employees and Clemson undergraduates.
Industrial workers who enroll in the program must have an applicable bachelor’s degree, the university said.
The program is also open to undergraduate university students, primarily mechanical and electrical engineering graduates.
The first class will start on Friday August 25th.
South Carolina’s growing automotive industry has been cited as a motivating factor for Clemson’s new certificate program.
Since 2011, the SC Commerce Department says 14,000 auto jobs have been added, bringing the total number of jobs in the industry to around 66,000.
More than 400 automotive-related businesses are also located in South Carolina, including Michelin and BMW Manufacturing.
The German automaker announced plans in June to create an additional 1,000 jobs over the next four years at its Spartanburg production plant, adding to the 9,000 jobs already created since the company announced the construction of the factory in June 1992.
Through Clemson’s certificate program, Mark Hoffman, assistant research professor and program director, said the university can reach people already employed in the region, “infusing what we do best into local talent.” .
“Our industry partners continuously provide feedback on the skills engineers need to differentiate themselves and succeed in their careers,” Hoffman said in a statement. “As a result, there is no other program like Clemson’s in the country, and we bring that excellence to the certificate program.