Automotive Engineering Technology
Automotive Engineering Technology prepares graduates for careers in product research, design, and development, along with manufacturing in the original equipment and aftermarket industries. Fields include passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, vehicle emissions, safety, fuels and lubricants, construction, industrial, and agricultural equipment.
Thesis Plan - 32 credits
Alternative Plan Paper - 34 credits
|Program||Locations||Major / Total Credits|
|Automotive Engineering Technology MS||MS - Master of Science||
||32 / 32|
Policies & Faculty
Students seeking admission to the Automotive program must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies and Research and in addition must have completed undergraduate coursework which includes: Calculus I, Calculus II, a Computer Science programming language, Electronic Circuit Analysis, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Materials Processing and Metallurgy, Statics, Strength of Materials, Machining, Automotive Design, Chassis Design, Automotive Thermodynamics, and Automotive Systems.
Applicants who do not have the prerequisites completed will be conditionally admitted to the program with the undergraduate courses listed as deficiencies. Please see the department website for more admission and policy information.
205 Trafton Science Center E
Department of Automotive Manufacturing Engineering Technology
College of Science, Engineering, and Technology
FAX (507) 389-5002
Credits: 1-4Involves designing and building of prototype vehicles. Topics include: vehicle design decisions, rules, budgets, chassis design, body and aerodynamics, drive train choices, construction techniques, and test procedures. An actual experimental car will be built in this class. May be repeated.
Credits: 3This course covers advanced vehicle propulsion systems within the electric and hybrid electric category. Fundamentals of the operation of electric motors, controllers, inverters, and batteries utilized in electric and hybrid platforms will be covered. In addition a significant focus will be placed on the application, modeling, integration, testing, and optimization of the systems in electric and hybrid electric vehicles.
Credits: 4Automotive research techniques and equipment form the basis for this course. Environmental measurement, air flow testing, engine dynamometer testing, and vehicle performance measurement are covered. Emphasis is placed on research procedures, data acquisition and interpretation, and technical report writing. Current research projects from the automotive industry are also examined.
Credits: 1-4Selected automotive topics.
Credits: 1-3An in-depth laboratory experience involving the evaluation of existing automotive emission control systems and the design or modification of those systems. Emission testing using chemical analysis and chassis dynamometer as required in state and federal test procedures is also included.
Credits: 1-3This course is intended for individuals wishing to be employed in professional automotive racing as a product development engineer, technical representative for a race product supplier, or race engineer. An in-depth study of vehicle dynamics and engine design utilizing on-board data acquisition, air flow measurement, and the engine dynamometer.
Credits: 1-3A continuation of AET 637.
Credits: 1-3A continuation of AET 638.
Credits: 2The course is the first in a three course sequence focused on the specific skills important for the design of research and development programs. This course will primarily focus will be on four areas: the US Code of Federal Regulations as it relates to mobile source air quality; the measurement of evaporative emissions from vehicles; the process of measuring diluted emissions; and the measurement of raw gas emissions. A research question will be identified and students in the course will work as a research team and carry out the activity.
Credits: 2This course is the second of a three course sequence in applied research methods. The course will focus on the specific skills important for the design of research and development programs. The course will specifically cover the following areas: US Environmental Protection Agency testing standards for vehicles and engines; the calibration procedures for chassis and engine dynamometers and the calibration procedures for exhaust gas analysis equipment. A research question will be identified and students in the course will work as a research team and carry out the activity.
Credits: 2This course is the third of a 3 course sequence in applied research methods. The course will focus on the specific skills important for the design of research and development programs. The topics covered in this course relate to the management of research projects including: research plan development; budget development; scheduling and time management; leadership; and report preparation. A research question will be identified and students in the course will work as a research team and carry out the activity.
Credits: 2The course will focus on the specific skills important for the design of research and development programs. A research question will be identified and students in the course will work as a research team and carry out the activity. The primary activity will be the creation of a mathematical model that can be used in relation to the applied research activity. The course is an elective and would be taken after the AET 661, AET 662 and AET 663 sequence.
Credits: 1-2A minimum of 2 credits is required.
Credits: 1-5Automotive work experience in an area pertinent to the student's objective. Registration required prior to beginning employment.