If you work well with your hands, especially under the hood of a car and on a computer, you may want to consider a career in automotive technology management. Automotive technology management majors work within the automobile industry using technology to manage and solve problems. The job outlook for automotive technicians as a whole is expected to grow as fast as the average job growth rate over the next ten years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are approximately 20 colleges nationwide that offer a degree in automotive technology management.

Ferris State University

Ferris State University's highly specialized automotive engineering technology program allows students to major in automotive engineering technology and minor in automotive management. Students in this program are trained to work with engineers in automotive design and production. They also work with engineers who are developing and testing new vehicles. Course work includes classes in mechanical engineering, automotive manufacturing and testing, automotive culture, and automotive marketing and distribution. As part of their course work, students complete an internship prior to graduation.

Kansas Schools That Offer Automotive Technology Management

Located in Pittsburg, Kansas, Pittsburg State University's degree program in automotive technology has two different tracks for management: manufacturing management, which emphasizes automotive production and engineering, and service management and marketing, which emphasizes automotive service and repair. Pittsburg State also has a bridge program for students who have an associate degree in automotive service who want to obtain a bachelor's degree. Kansas State University, in partnership with Barton Community College, offer a Automotive Technology Management bachelor's degree. The student begins at Barton Community College in Great Bend, Kansas, and completes an associate degree in automotive technology. The student then completes a bachelor's degree in technology management at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.

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Other Midwestern Schools That Offer Automotive Technology Management Courses

The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg's bachelor's program in automotive technology management allows students to specialize in three areas: automotive technology, design technology and management technology. Students must also complete an internship in an automobile manufacturing company, which is arranged by the university. Southern Illinois University in Carbondale also has an automotive technology management program with an internship requirement, but its students may also continue on towards a master's degree in science or a master's degree in business administration. Pine Technical College in Pine City, Minnesota, and Minnesota State University in Moorhead, Minnesota, have a dual associate/bachelor's degree program in automotive technology management. Many of the classes are available online.

Automotive Technology Management Schools In The East

The Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, offers a bachelor's degree in automotive technology management for students who have already obtained an Associate in Applied Science in automotive technology. The final two years are built on management courses, including supervision and management, customer service, and sales. Students at Farmingdale State College in Farmingdale, New York, graduate with skills necessary to work with vehicles on the land, the sea and the air. The college offers courses for full-time or part-time students.

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