Automotive Engineering Technology School and Training Program Info

Automotive engineering technology training is available at a wide variety of program levels, from certificate programs to master's degree opportunities. Education at lower levels focuses on learning the automotive trade and engine repair, while education at higher levels includes instruction in physics, engineering theory and vehicle dynamics.

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Programs in automotive engineering technology are available at community colleges, technical schools and universities. Students who want to become automotive engineers should consider bachelor's or master's degree programs.

Automotive Engineering Schools

These schools offer automotive engineering programs at varying levels, and many include hands-on training.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016
University of Michigan, Dearborn Dearborn, MI 4-year, Public Master's $11,280 in-state, $20,026 out-of-state*
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Certificate, Associate's $2,830 in-state, $9,944 out-of-state*
Miami Dade College Miami, FL 4-year, primarily associate's, Public Associate's $2,945**
Colorado State University, Pueblo Pueblo, CO 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,282 in-state, $21,616 out-of-state
Indiana State University Terre Haute, IN 4-year, Public Bachelor's $8,580 in-state, $18,708 out-of-state
Brigham Young University-Idaho Rexburg, ID 4-year, Private not-for-profit Associate's, Bachelor's $3,830
Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI 4-year, Public Bachelor's $10,970 in-state, $17,562 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics; **School website

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School and Training Program Selection Criteria

Students should take these things into consideration when choosing an automotive engineering technology program:

  • Students with a specific interest can look for schools that offer specialty courses, such as motorcycles, small engines, heating and air conditioning.
  • Both night and day programs are available for students desiring a flexible schedule, and while undergraduate degree programs usually require on-site training and education, some master's degree programs offer distance-learning options in addition to on-campus courses.
  • Many bachelor's and master's degree programs include affiliations with professional societies that offer internship opportunities where students can gain work experience while associating with industry professionals.
  • Some programs may require internships or capstone projects.

Automotive Engineering Technology Certificate

Certificate programs in automotive technology generally offer one year of training, which can give a student the fastest route to basic automotive technology knowledge. Most of the courses can be applied to associate's degree programs should a student wish to obtain more education.

Associate of Science in Automotive Technology

These 2-year degree programs offer education that is most likely transferable to bachelor's degree programs. Some programs may require an internship.

Bachelor of Science in Automotive Engineering Technology

Automotive engineering technology bachelor's degree programs typically take four years to complete. Students may be required to complete a capstone project during their final year, or they may need to complete an internship.

Master of Science in Automotive Engineering

These 2-year programs focus on the theory and practice of vehicle dynamics. Students may be able to work with faculty members to design their own curricula based on their individual interests. Some programs allow students to choose from thesis and non-thesis program options.

Automotive engineering programs are available at the certificate, associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree levels. Prospective students should consider things such as a program's specialty courses, schedule, online availability and internship opportunities.

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