Automotive Engineering Technology (BS)


The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in automotive engineering technology.

The Automotive Engineering Technology Program is focused on educating automotive industry professionals who make decisions based on sound management practices and a thorough understanding of automobile technology.

The program emphasizes managerial skills while assuring students receive a firm understanding of automotive operations, learn to solve technical problems through analysis—and gain knowledge in computer applications and information management skills.

Coursework includes studies in the following areas:

  • Automotive electronics
  • Body computer systems
  • Diesel engine theory
  • Engine theory and service
  • Fixed operations management
  • Fluid power technology
  • Fuels and lubes analysis
  • Industrial supervision
  • Physics and chemistry
  • Service facility organization and management
  • Steering and suspension systems
  • Survey of power systems
  • Technical drawing with CAD
  • Transmission and drivelines

In addition, students complete the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills. Although a minor is not required for completion of this degree, many students pursue a minor in a related area of interest such as business, manufacturing, mechanical engineering, packaging, or safety.

An important feature of the program is the blending of theoretical, laboratory, and practical learning experiences. Course work is centered in the University's John T. Myers Technology Center, which has more than 20 state-of-the-art laboratories. Students gain hands-on experience in testing, diagnosis, and repair of the modern vehicle. Laboratory experiences also include engine performance testing utilizing chassis and state-of-the-art engine dynamometers.

In addition, students can gain real-world experience through participation in the Co-op / Internship Program, which combines on-campus study with actual work experience off campus. Companies that have sponsored co-op experiences include: Allison Transmission, Buick Motor Division, Cummins, Inc., Electronic Data Systems, Honda, Jasper Engine, Mel Kenyon Racing, Toyota Motor Co., TRW, and United Parcel Service.

A number of activities and organizations are available that enable students to interact with other students and professionals in the industry. These include the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)—and Epsilon Pi Tau (the international honorary for professions in technology).

Required Courses


Our graduates are prepared for technical and managerial positions related to automobiles, trucks, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, and a number of other closely related fields—and are employed in a variety of positions, including the following:

  • Business owner
  • Customer service assistant
  • Field service representative
  • Performance testing engineer
  • Quality control engineer
  • Service manager

Listed below are a few of the employers who hire our graduates:

  • Cummins, Inc.
  • Daimler Chrysler
  • Detroit Diesel
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Franchised automotive dealerships
  • General Motors
  • Honda of America
  • Navistar-International
  • Toyota Motor Company of North America
  • United Parcel Service

The Automotive Engineering Technology undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, In addition, the program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Bailey College of Engineering and Technology offers a variety of scholarships and awards.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Bailey College of Engineering and Technology
Indiana State University
888-478-7003 (toll free)


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Bailey College of Engineering and Technology
Indiana State University
888-478-7003 (toll free)