“Battery U” – First of Its Kind Master’s Program in the U.S.

Posted on April 28, 2013. Filed under: education, manufacturing, science & technology | Tags: , , , |

From San Jose State University …

San Jose State University in collaboration with CalCharge, is launching “battery university,” a first-of-its-kind MS Degree program that seeks to expand the skilled workforce needed by this rapidly growing and changing industry. Course topics will range from the basics of battery technology and manufacturing to overviews of market dynamics and policy considerations. Designed to include opportunities for hands-on experience, students will be able to conduct research and market analysis projects with local battery firms. Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will contribute instructors to the program.

Classes start in August of 2013, with a course titled “Renewable Energy Systems”.  Prospective students can enroll at SJSU and earn an MSE, but can also enroll and complete certificate coursework, or just register for single classes of interest, as an Open University student.

NKS Info Services / Bosque Farms, NM / / 505-715-0607

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Manufacturing skills certification program announced

Posted on March 15, 2009. Filed under: education, manufacturing |

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and its non-profit subsidiary the Manufacturing Institute, in partnership with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and other industry groups, has announced a new skills certification system based on needed skills and competencies identified by manufacturers.

The NAM system will focus on core personal effectiveness skills, academic competencies, general workplace skills, and industry-wide technical skills required by manufacturing employers in all sectors, for entry-level manufacturing positions.

For positions beyond entry-level, the SME certification programs have been incorporated.  These are Certification for Manufacturing Engineers (CMfgE) and Certification for Manufacturing Technologists (CMfgT).

Learn more at

There are many ways out of the current economic crisis, and certainly developing a highly-skilled workforce in many industries is one path forward.  –nks

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