Automotive Engineering Minor


Automotive Engineering prepares students for careers in product research, design and development, manufacturing, and technical sales 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. Graduates from the program are currently working for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as Cummins, Toro, General Motors, Polaris, John Deere, AGCO, and Ford along with aftermarket companies such as QA1, Bosch, and S&S Cycle. 

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Program Requirements


This course is designed to provide students new to the major an opportunity to explore issues relevant to the university, department, and career field. The goal is to provide an open forum for discussion about transitioning to college life, and to promote greater self-awareness, growth, and understanding as a scholar, individual, and global citizen. Over the course of the semester, the student will investigate college and department experiences holistically, which will allow them the ability to make informed decisions paving the way for a richer, fuller college career.

Prerequisites: none

This course is centered on the theory, operation and service of the systems found in modern automobiles. Lectures and demonstrations cover the course topics and open lab sessions allow students to practice procedures on their own vehicles in the completion of course assignments.

Prerequisites: none

This course focuses on the functionality of an engine's mechanical, ignition, fuel, and emission systems using a systems approach to diagnose problems. Test equipment used in the course includes: fuel and fuel system; emission system; ignition; and mechanical diagnostic equipment.

Prerequisites: none

This course is centered on the theory, components, and diagnostic procedures related to modern automobile electrical and electronic systems. The major emphasis of the course involves the computer, sensors, and actuators as used in vehicles to control the ignition, fuel, emission, ABS, and chassis systems.

Prerequisites: EET 113, AE 160, AE 261

Unrestricted Electives


GPA Policy. A GPA of 2.5 or higher in the required and elective courses for the minor in Automotive Engineering is required.

Department Grade Policy. All courses required for the AE minor (Core and Electives) must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better.

Residency.  A minimum of 75 percent of the credits for a minor in Automotive Engineering must be taken from the AMFE department.

Prerequisites and co-requisites must be observed unless written permission is obtained from the instructor and the Department of AMFE.