Torque Factor – Episode 16: Ben Cruz, Director, Macomb Community College

Aug. 9, 2021
In this episode of Torque Factor, Ben Cruz, director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) at Macomb Community College joins Scott Brown to discuss the new Vehicle Engineering Technician Degree program Cruz designed.

This episode’s featured guest is Ben Cruz who is the Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) at Macomb Community College (MCC) in Warren Michigan. Ben discusses with Scott his lengthy career as an engineer with GM which started out through an internship at the Mesa Proving grounds in Arizona. The discussion is primarily focused on the new Vehicle Engineering Technician Degree program he designed and is now being offered at Macomb. This new program will provide the graduate with additional skills which includes coding, cyber-security, artificial intelligence, and more. The demands for skills like this are coming due to the influx of advanced technologies being deployed on vehicles.

Recall: 21V-215, - American Honda Motor Co. is recalling 628,124 vehicles ranging from Model year 2018 - 2020. Vehicles being recalled are equipped with fuel pump modules containing impellers produced during specific periods under specific circumstances (lower density impellers exposed to production solvent drying for longer periods of time) may swell and either break or cause the pump to lock up resulting in a no-run condition.

Case Study from Diagnostic Network: 2017 Ford F-150 Remote Start inoperative along with an excessive parasitic electrical load.

Tech Tip on QR Codes on GM Vehicles

Industry Events: The IGO of North Carolina is hosting the Automotive Service Technology Expo in Cary NC, September 24-25,

MACS Training Event and Trade Show, MOBILE AIR CLIMATE SYSTEMS ASSOCIATION, September 30 - October 2, Orlando FL,

Automotive Service Association - ASA, CARS Executive Outlook, November 1, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas NV,

AAPEX - SEMA, November 2-5, Las Vegas NV, https://www.aapexshow.com

Links: Macomb Community College E – Catalog

Applied Technology Department

Automated Systems Technology

Center for Advanced Automotive Technology

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This episode is sponsored in part by Milwaukee Tool

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