SIU hosts automotive instructors conference with training, trade show
Carbondale, Ill.—The Automotive Department at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in Carbondale recently hosted the Illinois College Automotive Instructors Association (ICAIA) conference on March 7-8, at the SIU Transportation Education Center. The 187,000-square-foot facility welcomed 157 secondary and post-secondary automotive educators from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Montana, and Ohio for the conference.
The first day of the conference included a trade show with 24 vendors displaying the latest information on tools, equipment, and resources to help in the classrooms and labs. Suppliers of hand tools, parts, diagnostic equipment, shop equipment, service information publishers, trade organizations, franchised operations, and training equipment were in attendance.
The two-day conference hosted 40 training sessions covering 26 different topics such as “Autonomous/Advanced Driver Assist Systems”, “Jatco/Nissan CVT,” “Automotive Cybersecurity,” “FCA 48V Belt Starter Generator,” “Cummins Lithium-Ion Battery Systems,” and best “Paint Practices” for various materials.
The evenings between the two days included a dinner banquet at Giant City State Park Lodge where four SIU Automotive students interested in becoming automotive educators/trainers were presented scholarships. The keynote speaker at the dinner banquet was SIU Automotive graduate John McShane, who is an automotive cyber security expert ETAS Inc.