Constantly improving technology and a global automotive industry require familiarity on the part of automotive managers with the production, manufacturing and design aspects of vehicles as well as the business, technology and financial management side of the industry. Undergraduate automotive technology management programs introduce students to the fundamentals of vehicle design while improving communication and general business skills. Some of the top programs offer a low student-to-faculty ratio and access to internships, scholarships, highly trained faculty and top-notch technology.
Ferris State University
Ferris State University, located in Michigan, offers a bachelor’s degree program in automotive management. Students complete several industry-specific courses, including dealership operations, automotive materials, automotive technology, warranty administration and product distribution. Students can obtain industry-funded scholarships and complete paid internships to reinforce classroom learning. FSU ranks as the 16th best Midwestern school in “U.S. News & World Report” because of its financial aid availability, quality of courses and tuition costs.
University of Central Missouri
The University of Central Missouri School of Technology’s undergraduate automotive technology major includes specialization options in service management or design technology. UCM has a student-to-faculty ratio of 19-to-1 and a total enrollment of nearly 9,000, the Princeton Review states. The Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering and the National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation accredit UCM’s program. Students experiment at The Gaines Technology Complex and complete hands-on internships at various automotive facilities. The Society of Automotive Engineers provides networking and performance development opportunities. UCM awards over $7 million in scholarships each year. “U.S. News & World Report” lists UCM in its top 100 colleges in the Midwest due to its variety of programs, high acceptance rate and low tuition rate, ranking 92nd overall.
Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania College of Technology’s bachelor’s degree in automotive technology allows students to complete either automotive or collision repair courses for the first half of their 4-year program. The second half is dedicated to management skills conducive to the automotive industry, such as personnel management, problem-solving methods, customer service and automotive sales. Graduates pursue careers in various fields, such as automotive business management, service and parts sales, fleet management or field service engineering. PCT’s program is accredited by the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering. “U.S. News & World Report” ranks PCT 29th best college in the northern United States because of its student-to-faculty to ratio of 17-to-1 and relatively low tuition rate. Nearly 70 percent of PCT’s classes have less than 20 students.
Pittsburgh State University
Pittsburgh State University, located in Pittsburgh, Kansas, offers an undergraduate automotive technology program with specialization options in manufacturing management, service management or collision repair and insurance management. PSU’s curriculum includes two years of general education courses and two years of more specialized, technical courses such as service techniques, quality control, collision technology fundamentals and structural analysis. PSU ranks 77th among all Midwestern colleges by “U.S. News & World Report,” due to its low tuition cost, high admissions rate and student-to-faculty ratio of 19-to-1.
- Ferris State University: Automotive Management
- University of Central Missouri: Automotive Technology Management
- The Princeton Review: University of Central Missouri
- Pennsylvania College of Technology: Automotive Technology Management (BAU)
- Pittsburgh State University: Automotive Technology
- The Princeton Review: Pennsylvania College of Technology
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