Battery Workforce Challenge

Battery Workforce Challenge

Naval Horizons

Powering the electric vehicle (EV) sector of the future starts with innovative public-private partnerships between industry, government and academia driving technology advancement through training and skills development. The Battery Workforce Challenge Program on behalf of the United States Department of Energy (DOE) is featuring the first-of its-kind Battery Workforce Challenge collegiate competition.

The competition tasks 12 selected universities, along with their vocational partners, to design, build, test and integrate an advanced EV battery into a future Stellantis vehicle. The three-year competition will culminate in 2026, with the winning teams receiving dozens of annual engineering and sponsor-related category awards; $100,000 in industry-provided prize money; and invaluable employment, collaboration, and networking opportunities with industry leaders.

The Battery Workforce Challenge Program will inspire a robust workforce within the EV battery sector through multiple educational platforms that will help DOE achieve net-zero emissions across industries by 2050. 

The competition is part of the broader Battery Workforce Challenge Program, which also includes regional training with vocational and community colleges; youth education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); and an online tool for career and technical education. The program is dedicated to cultivating a diverse cohort of skilled engineers, technicians, and workers to propel domestic battery technology forward.
The universities and vocational partners selected for the Battery Workforce Challenge are:  
  • California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California) and Cerritos College
  • Clemson University (Clemson, South Carolina) and Greenville Technical College
  • Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colorado) and Arapahoe Community College
  • Jackson State University (Jackson, Mississippi) and Hinds Community College
  • McMaster University and Mohawk College (Ontario, Canada)
  • The Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Ivy Tech Community College
  • University of Alabama and Shelton State Community College
  • University of California, Merced and Merced College
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn and Henry Ford College
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nevada) and College of Southern Nevada
  • University of Waterloo Ontario, Canada and Lambton College: Lambton Energy Research Centre
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