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Powertrain Electrification (Capstone)

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Broaden your skill set and deepen your knowledge of engine-electric hybridization with UW–Madison’s online Capstone Certificate in Powertrain Electrification.


Is this program right for you?

Deepen your knowledge and enhance your skill set with the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Powertrain Electrification. This 100% online certificate program was created for engineers with a mechanical engineering background, but who want to expand their ability and document their expertise of engine-electric hybridization.

With problem-based and application-oriented courses, you learn skills you can use in your day-to-day work immediately. Coursework is focused on developing control systems for electrified powertrain systems, and how to comprehend and analyze each component within the system. You’ll develop systems-based thinking at both vehicle level and drive cycle analysis by learning to recognize energy flows and losses in a vehicle. The program also covers topics like quantifying the impact and losses specific technologies have on vehicle fuel economy.

UW–Madison is one of the world’s premier research and teaching universities. For more than 50 years, we have been synonymous with leadership in engine research. The UW–Madison Capstone Certificate in Powertrain Electrification is based on a coursework from our Engine Systems master’s program, which is widely recognized for advancing knowledge and taking an innovative approach to distance learning. Our courses are taught by senior faculty and experienced professionals in the engine industry. We draw on research from the UW’s Engine Research Center and rapidly adjust to changes in technology and in employers’ needs, providing instructional services not offered by any other institution.

Is this program right for you?

Deepen your knowledge and enhance your skill set with the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Capstone Certificate in Powertrain Electrification. This 100% online certificate program was created for engineers with a mechanical engineering background, but who want to expand their ability and document their expertise of engine-electric hybridization.

With problem-based and application-oriented courses, you learn skills you can use in your day-to-day work immediately. Coursework is focused on developing control systems for electrified powertrain systems, and how to comprehend and analyze each component within the system. You’ll develop systems-based thinking at both vehicle level and drive cycle analysis by learning to recognize energy flows and losses in a vehicle. The program also covers topics like quantifying the impact and losses specific technologies have on vehicle fuel economy.

UW–Madison is one of the world’s premier research and teaching universities. For more than 50 years, we have been synonymous with leadership in engine research. The UW–Madison Capstone Certificate in Powertrain Electrification is based on a coursework from our Engine Systems master’s program, which is widely recognized for advancing knowledge and taking an innovative approach to distance learning. Our courses are taught by senior faculty and experienced professionals in the engine industry. We draw on research from the UW’s Engine Research Center and rapidly adjust to changes in technology and in employers’ needs, providing instructional services not offered by any other institution.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a BS in Mechanical Engineering or the equivalent.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on the last 60 credits of degree or a master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

To apply:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Transcripts

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Program highlights

  • The Powertrain Electrification program is completely online, so you can complete your certificate from anywhere in the world.
  • Credits can be applied toward UW–Madison Engine Systems master’s degree.

How you'll learn

  • Fully online curriculum; you choose when you do most of your work each week.
  • Participate in online group projects designed to encourage teamwork, insightful discussion, and learning from your instructors and classmates.

Sample curriculum

  • Electrified Powertrain Systems
  • Batteries for xElectrified Vehicles
  • Powertrain Systems and Controls
  • Electrified Vehicle-Level Modeling

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