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Automotive Engineering Technology

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Engineering Technology

Why Choose Automotive Engineering Technology?

The AET program is a four year degree program that concentrates on engineering skills required by the automotive industry. Students receive hands-on laboratory experience in engineering processes, mechanical testing, metallurgy, emission and dynamometer testing. In addition, an on-the-job engineering internship is an important part of the program.

AET is an instructional program that prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing, manufacturing and testing self-propelled ground vehicles and their systems. Includes instruction in vehicular systems technology, design and development testing, instrument calibration, test equipment operation and maintenance, and report preparation.

Career Opportunities

Every global automotive manufacturer doing business in America requires engineering development with the precise skills offered by this program, many graduates are faced with the difficult decision of choosing from several highly desirable and lucrative job offers.

Admission Requirements

Students entering the Automotive Engineering Technology program from high school must have a 2.75 cumulative GPA along with an 18 ACT composite and a math sub-score of 19 or 950 SAT16 Total and a SAT16 math sub-score of 500.  Students close to the requirements are encouraged to apply and will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Students transferring into Automotive Engineering Technology must also have a minimum 2.75 GPA in automotive courses and a minimum 2.5 GPA overall. A transfer student expecting to enter the AET program as a junior must have completed the equivalent of the following Ferris State University courses: AUTO 111, AUTO 112, AUTO 113, AUTO 114, AUTO 115, AUTO 117, AUTO 200, AUTO 213, ENGL 150, ENGL 250, MATH 116, PHYS 211, MATL 240, CHEM 114, three credits of Cultural Enrichment and three credits of Social Awareness.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

The Automotive Engineering Technology program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. 

Students must

  • maintain a 2.00 cumulative FSU GPA
  • have 40 credits at the 300/400 level
  • have 30 credits of Ferris classes (FSU Residency requirement)
  • have a minimum 120 total credits to earn a bachelor degree
  • complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website.

More Information

Automotive Programs Office
708 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2281
Phone: (231) 591-2655

College of Engineering Technology
Ferris State University
1009 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2280
Phone: 231-591-2890

The College of Engineering Technology Automotive Engineering Technology, BS program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ETAC-ABET)
The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2018-2019.

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major Requirements

Manual Transmission-Drivelines
Automotive Brake Systems
Auto Electricity - Electronics
Automotive Engines
Suspen-Steering-Alignment Serv
Electronic Fuel Mgmt Systems
Service Area 1
Chassis Electrical-Electronics
Engine Air Flow Analysis
Dynamometer Testing
Automotive Fuels and Lubes
Emissions Systems
Alternate Fuel and Vehicle Sys
Technical Related
Intro to Material Science
Material Selection Metals
Kinematics of Mechanisms
Quality Science Statistics
Statistical Proc Engineering
Design of Experiments 1
Model - Prototype Development
Applied Fluids - Thermodynam
Advanced Solid Modeling CAD