Automotive Engineering Technology (BS)

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Gain the knowledge and skills to design, develop, and maintain today’s most advanced automobiles, with a bachelor’s degree in automotive engineering technology from Indiana State.

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Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Automotive Engineering Technology at Indiana State?

Today’s globally competitive automotive industry must meet demand for increasingly smart, safe, cost-efficient vehicles.

Indiana State’s Automotive Engineering Technology Program prepares you as an industry professional who makes decisions based on sound management practices, fundamental engineering principles, and a thorough understanding of automobile technology to succeed in this rapidly evolving field.

Gain Experience in the Field before Graduation

Our program emphasizes managerial skills while assuring you a firm understanding of automotive operations. You will learn to solve technical problems through analysis and acquire knowledge of computer applications and information management skills.

You will gain real-world experience through participation in the Department’s Co-op/Internship Program, which combines on-campus study with 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., and United Parcel Service.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Our faculty’s mission is to prepare application-oriented graduates with the technical and managerial skills necessary to enter globally competitive automotive careers. Courses in the major are taught by full-time professors who have extensive work experience in the field. The department offers small class sizes that allow for individual attention.

Enrich Your Learning with Great Resources and Opportunities

Your coursework will be 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 modern vehicles. Laboratory experiences include engine performance testing utilizing chassis and state-of-the-art engine dynamometers.

You may also participate in activities and organizations to interact with other students and industry professionals, including the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE); the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME); and Epsilon Pi Tau, the international honorary for professions in technology.

What You’ll Learn in the Automotive Engineering Technology Program

As an automotive engineering technology major, you will learn about various disciplines within the automotive and wheeled transportation industries. In classroom and lab experiences, you will explore the design, theory of operation, and testing of modern automotive components used in road and off-road vehicles.

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.


Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

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Career Possibilities for Automotive Engineering Technology Majors

The Automotive Engineering Technology Program prepares you for technical and managerial positions related to automobiles, trucks, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, and related fields.

Our graduates are employed in a variety of positions with major auto manufacturers, including Daimler Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, Honda of America, Toyota Motor Company of North America. 

Gloria (left) and Steve (right) Bailey stand smiling in the Bailey College of Engineering & Technology Building. She is wearing a beige business casual suit with a black scarf that has large white circles on it. He is wearing a dark blue sport coat with light blue shirt, beige khakis, and brown belt. The visible interior of the building is dark, with outdoor sunlight visible through windows in the back of the building

The Bailey College of Engineering and Technology

In 2022, Indiana State University announced its largest individual donation ever — $8 million from Steve and Gloria Bailey — and the ISU Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Bailey College of Engineering and Technology (BCET).

Steve Bailey is a 1970 Sycamore alumnus who graduated with a degree in automotive technology and went on to lead Diesel USA Group as CEO until his retirement in 2019. He serves on the BCET Dean’s Advisory Council and the ISU Foundation Board of Directors.

Steve attributes much of his success in his career to his time at Indiana State.

Learn more about Steve and Gloria Bailey.


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