Program Spotlight: Automotive Engineering Technology

Program Spotlight: Automotive Engineering Technology


the automotive engineering technology program at Ferris is heavily involved with automotive it starts out with the technical automotive service courses and then it branches out into more advanced automotive our program is unique because we offer a mixture of technical as well as engineering which gives that engineering technology flare to the program it’s really nice how you get to see other people have different backgrounds on automotives I mean some of them really are experts in the automotive field and having some of these as my lab partners was really amazing not just because we got through the labs easier about they actually taught me in addition to the professor’s teaching me first is unique in that we are like engineering used to be long ago hands-on to lab portion of it it’s basically hands-on and you get to deal with real issues that happen in the car and especially for the surface floor you get to see real cars of customers and work on real problems that happen we’re taught more of the diagnose diagnostics of the car customer will come in and say I hear a clunking noise when I break or I hear a hum when I’m accelerating and you know so we have to one go on a drive test-drive with the instructor to verify the problem then we get into scanning it making sure there’s not a sense of breath being bad more more of the shop life other than just one little thing we concentrate on in our whole classes this is like everything all thrown so it’s really a nice spot for a student to come out it’s a hands-on student because they like to work with their hands and not only that but those are things that typically a student that’s gone through all the rigor of going through a research engineering institution it’s not necessarily wanting to come out and and not all of them want to get their hands dirty our students they’ll go in and they’ll tear apart an engine and they’ll analyze the componentry and they can go ahead and put that back together with something modified and run another test I also get to network out because of how many people you’re meeting and all the professors and all the companies that they know as well we have quite a few major companies both original equipment manufacturers such as Ford General Motors Chrysler we have a number of contract companies that come in and interview students we’ve had General Motors here Fiat Chrysler just came General Motors just came last week Ford has been here in the past and Toyota’s been here in the past we did have it was Ferrari that’s a rowdy come last life semester and try to have people interview for them actually our program has to be a back certified so they come here a lot to check in on our lab stuff the AET program at Ferris does require an internship it’s ten weeks long minimum of 400 hours typically students will complete that during the summer but we do have some students that opt to take a semester and do their internship I wasn’t sure my freshman year and being third year I’m really excited and meeting these companies I feel good about myself I feel good about my education and good about people backing me up my goal is to really achieve a full-time job as a chassis engine tester engine dyno tester automotive engineering technology guys can go to work in a dealership the court on the service floor and the dealership they can work in the technical side of the house anywhere I mean you can work for Toyota you can work for General Motors you can work for Fiat Chrysler the sky’s the limit as long as you know you have the drive to put yourself out there


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