Automotive Engineering Technology (BS)


The Automotive Engineering Technology degree prepares graduates 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. 

Catalog Year



Bachelor of Science

Major Credits


Total Credits




Career Cluster

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics


Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET

Accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Program Requirements

Required General Education

This course is an introduction to general chemistry. It is a non-laboratory class designed to prepare students for CHEM 201 or to be utilized as a general education course. This course will address more mathematical relationships than CHEM 106. Credit will not be given to students who have previously taken a chemistry course at or above Chem 111 and received a passing grade.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-03

Examines decision making by the individual firm, the determination of prices and wages, and current problems facing business firms.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05

Introduction to learning the written and oral communication of technical information. Assignments include writing and presenting proposals, reports, and documentation. Emphasis on use of rhetorical analysis, computer applications, collaborative writing, and usability testing to complete technical communication tasks in the workplace.

Prerequisites: ENG 101

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-13

An introduction to statistical concepts and methods that is applicable to all disciplines. Topics include descriptive measures of data, probability and probability distributions, statistical inference, tests of hypotheses, confidence intervals, correlation, linear regression, and analysis of variance. The use of statistical software will be emphasized. Prereq: ACT Math sub-score of 19 or higher, successful completion of MATH 098 or appropriate placement scores (see Placement Information under Statistics) Fall, Spring, Summer GE-4

Prerequisites: Satisfy Placement Table in this section, or MATH 098 with grade of P.

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-04

Prerequisites to the Major

* ENG 101, COMM 100/102, MATH 121, and PHYS 211 will also count toward General Education requirements.

An overview of careers, technology and requirements of the Automotive Engineering Technology program. Careers in engineering technology are examined along with professional organizations and ethics.

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 engine's mechanical, ignition, fuel, and emission system using a systems approach to diagnose problems. Test equipment used in the course includes: fuel and fuel system; emission system; ignition oscilloscopes; valve refurbishing 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: AET 160, AET 261, EET 113

A study of DC electrical circuits, Kirchhoff's laws, series and parallel circuits, inductors, capacitors, circuit response to RL, RC and RLC circuits. Thevenin's equivalent circuit theorem, and other network analysis theorems. Use of dependent sources in DC circuits. MATH 112 or 115 may be taken concurrently.

Prerequisites: MATH 112 or MATH 115

Students in this course approach writing as a subject of study by investigating how writing works across a variety of contexts.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1A

Limits, continuity, the derivative and applications, transcendental functions, L'Hopital's Rule, and development of the Riemann integral.

Prerequisites: Satisfy Placement Table in this section, MATH 115 or both MATH 112 and MATH 113 with "C" (2.0) or better.

Goal Areas: GE-04

The course covers a process of developing and analyzing solid parametric models for mechanical applications. Course includes solving technical design problems based on real-world applications as well as creating technical documentation: working and assembly drawings.

Prerequisites: none

Fundamentals of machine technology and metallurgy. Students learn to perform machining on a lathe, mill, and drill press, and also assemble the products. Basics of heat treatment, welding and machining are discussed. Extra lab time is required.

Prerequisites: CHEM 104 and MET 142

General background in physical concepts for those who do not plan advanced study in physics or engineering. Topics include mechanics, fluids, heat and thermodynamics. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: Either MATH 112 and MATH 113, or MATH 115

Goal Areas: GE-02, GE-03

Communication - Choose 3 Credit(s).

A course designed to improve students' understanding in communication, including the areas of interpersonal, nonverbal, listening, small group and public speaking.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1B

A course in communication principles to develop skills in the analysis and presentation of speeches.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-1B

Major Common Core

This is an introductory course to graphical programming and data acquisition using LabVIEW®. Fundamental programming concepts are introduced including variables and data types, conditions, loop structures, functions, and data file input/output. Students will learn how to use data acquisition equipment, acquire and analyze signals, and present results.

Prerequisites: EET 113, MATH 121

Course provides a fundamental understanding of the physical principles of fluid power, along with a practical working knowledge of the components utilized in designing, installing, operating, and maintaining hydraulic and pneumatic power systems.

Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 211

This course is an exploration of the theory and design of chassis systems, in addition to evaluation of these designs. Research tools include software design simulators, chassis geometry gauges, and dynamometers.

Prerequisites: MATH 121, PHYS 211

This course focuses on the study of thermodynamics as it relates to internal combustion engines and their design. Static and dynamic engine measurements are thoroughly covered along with an introduction to fuel cell and hybrid application. Thermochemistry topics are covered including fuel characteristics, mixture ratios and emission characteristics.

Prerequisites: CHEM 104, MATH 121, PHYS 211

An examination of automotive design and research along with a review of topics such as ethics, professionalism, measurement, statistics, and career development/placement. This course prepares the student for AET 488, Senior Design Project I, where the design proposal, design project and final report are completed.

Prerequisites: ENG 271W, STAT 154

This 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.

Prerequisites: AET 280, AET 366

This course is designed to provide experience in management, organization, supervision, and maintenance in a laboratory environment. Enrollment is limited. Sign up at least two semesters ahead.

Prerequisites: AET 364, Permission required

Automotive research techniques and equipment form the basis of this course. Environmental measurement, air flow testing, dynamometer testing, emissions measurement and fuel efficiency testing is covered. Emphasis is placed on research procedures, data acquisition and interpretation.

Prerequisites: AET 366, PHYS 211, STAT 154

The first of a two course sequence where students carry out their capstone design project. Weekly meetings are scheduled where the design team carries out the tasks required for completion. Formal design presentations and research papers are presented at the end of the course.

Prerequisites: MET 341, AET 364, AET 387

The second of a two course sequence where students build upon the first semester's work. This course culminates with the completion of the capstone project with a formal technical paper following SAE format that would be ready to be submitted for publication.

Prerequisites: AET 468, AET 488W, MET 324

Techniques of integration, applications of integration, improper integrals, numerical integration, the calculus of parametric curves, and infinite series and sequences.

Prerequisites: MATH 121 with "C" (2.0) or better or consent

This course covers principles of statics, force equilibrium, analysis of structures, friction, centroid, centers of gravity, and moment of inertia.

Prerequisites: PHYS 211 and MATH 121

This course covers stress and strain, torsion, bending of beams, shearing stresses in beams, compound stresses, principal stresses, deflections of beams, columns, connections, and pressure vessels. Topics also include kinematics and kinetics of rigid bodies, work, energy, and power.

Prerequisites: MET 323

The course emphasizes the use of parametric modeling in design, analysis and manufacturing. Topics include component design, assembly, mechanism, animation, EFX and rapid prototyping using computer technology.

Prerequisites: MET 142

Advanced manufacturing processes including casting, forging, sheet metal forming, and powder metals are discussed. Topics also include materials treatment, preparation, and design for manufacture. Extra lab time is required.

Prerequisites: MET 275

Techniques of developing safety practices in an industrial environment. Topics include OSHA, current legislation, cost analysis, personal protection, employee selection, psychological aspects, product safety, hazard materials and catastrophe control.

Prerequisites: none

Planning, management, and economic justification of projects are supported by computer tools for scheduling, staffing, and economic analysis.

Prerequisites: STAT 154

Includes waves and sound, electricity and magnetism, light and optics, and topics in modern physics. Lecture and laboratory.

Prerequisites: PHYS 211


Admission to the major is granted by the Department of AMET. Admission to the major is required to register for 300 and 400-level courses. Minimum requirements for acceptance into the AET major include a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher and the completion of the courses listed in the Prerequisites to the Major in the AET section of this bulletin with a grade of "C" (2.0) or higher.

GPA Policy. A GPA of 2.5 or higher in the required courses for the major or minor in Automotive Engineering Technology is required in order to proceed in the program sequence and graduate. This GPA calculation is based on the following areas: Required General Education, Prerequisite to the Major, Major Common Core and Major Restricted Electives. Refer to the College of Science Engineering and Technology Student Advising Center regarding required advising for students on academic probation.

Department Grade Policy. All courses required for the AET major (Required General Education, Prerequisite to the Major, Major Common Core and Major Restricted Electives) must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better except for AET 387, AET 488W, and AET 489W.

P/N Grading Policy. No more than 1/4 of all undergraduate credits may be P/N, except those courses offered P/N only.

Residency. A minimum of 50 percent of the credits for a major or minor in Automotive Engineering Technology must be taken at Minnesota State Mankato.

Prerequisites and co-requisites must be observed unless written permission is obtained from the instructor and the Department of AMET. A flow chart of prerequisites is available at the Department Office and on the AMET website.