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Automotive Engineering Technology

at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Program Details

  • Award: Bachelor of Science
  • Credits: 128
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

The Automotive Engineering Technology (AET) degree program awards a Bachelor of Science degree (BS) to successful students through a four-year curriculum. Engineering technology has been defi ned as the part of the technological field which requires the application of scientifi c and engineering knowledge and methods combined with technical skills in support of engineering activities; it lies in the occupational spectrum between the craftsman and the engineer at the end of the spectrum closest to the engineer. Engineering technology is oriented less toward theory and more toward practical applications. - American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

The Automotive Engineering Technology degree program 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. Graduates from the program are currently working for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), such as General Motors, Polaris, John Deere, AGCO, and Ford along with aftermarket companies such as Competition Cams, OTC, and S&S Cycle. A more complete reference to companies employing (AET) graduates may be obtained from the Department Chair.

The Society of Automotive Engineers ( and National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence ( are the lead professional societies used in developing program criteria, guiding program relevance, and making continuous improvement.

The primary goal of the (AET) program is to provide all graduates with the
solid technical foundation necessary to insure their success in a wide variety of employment opportunities. To accomplish this goal, program outcomes and objectives are defi ned and assessed for continuous improvement.

The Automotive Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of (ABET),

Program Locations

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato 56002

Labor Market Information

  • Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairers of Transportation Equipment

  • Median wage: $28.19/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

  • Median wage: $19.06/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • Motor Vehicles Electronic Equipment Installers and Repairers

  • Median wage: $16.13/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Shrinking
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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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