Not afraid of getting your hands dirty with automotive grease? Then consider enrolling in any of these top automotive engineering schools. Here is the list of top 10 universities that offer high-quality education in Automotive Engineering, but also do well in competitions such as the Formula SAE. Most graduates from these schools have gone on to have promising careers in the automotive industry.
Here are the top 10 Automotive Schools:
# 10: Kettering University – Michigan
Kettering University offers a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Automotive Engineering. They have close ties with the automotive industry because the university was owned by General Motors until 1982. Graduates of Kettering’s automotive programs can expect to work closely with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
# 9: Clemson University – South Carolina
South Carolina is home to almost all of the NASCAR teams. Clemson, therefore, is a good choice to learn Automotive Engineering because its campus is within 160 miles of the NASCAR shops. Clemson also boasts of the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR).
# 8: California Polytechnic State University – California
Cal Poly actually has two campuses that offer Automotive Engineering—in San Luis Obispo and in Pomona. Both Cal Poly schools have the winning records to justify their inclusion in this list. San Luis Obispo has a team that won the Supermileage competition, and Pomona has consistently placed in the Formula SAE Collegiate Design competition.
# 7: University of California – California
University of California in Davis has been praised by a lot of car manufacturers as a school that produces very competent automotive engineers. This school also places consistently in the touchstone competitions held annually.
# 6: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Sate University – Virginia
Virginia Tech is another school that consistently places well in the Formula SAE competitions. They have racked up a 3rd place finish and 1st place finish in the last five years. Virginia Tech’s campus is also close to the racing teams that call North Carolina home.
# 5: University of Texas—Austin, University of Texas—Arlington, and Texas A&M University – Texas
Texas is another hotbed for auto racing. And the three schools listed above are the best in producing quality automotive engineers. These three Texas schools have won championships in a number of competitions–including the Formula SAE, the Formula SAE West, and Formula SAE Japan.
# 4: Georgia Institute of Technology – Georgia
Georgia Tech has a long history of Formula SAE success. Their success in the competition dated back in the 60s and 70s. In addition to their Automotive Engineering program, Georgia Tech also has a very competitive Automotive Design course.
# 3: Cornell University – New York
Based in Ithaca, New York, Cornell is more known for its business and hotelier programs. But it also has a top-notch Automotive Engineering program. Proof of this is their eight Formula SAE championships. Aside from the Formula SAE, Cornell also regularly competes in the Automotive X Prize contest and the DARPA Driverless Vehicle event.
# 2: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis – Indianapolis
Indiana is the home of the Indy 500. So it’s no surprise that IUPUI produces top-caliber automotive engineers. In fact, IUPUI is the alma mater of NASCAR driver Ryan Newman. He actually holds an engineering degree from Purdue. IUPUI automotive engineering graduates also seem to be the choice of a lot of car manufacturers in Detroit.
# 1: University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University – Michigan
Go to any car manufacturer in Motown and you will find that 90% of their automotive engineers are graduates from the three schools listed above. These schools might not be consistent winners in the competitions, but their graduates’ hiring rate speaks for itself. An automotive engineering hopeful will do well in choosing any of the three universities.
You can’t go wrong with these top automotive engineering schools. They offer their students the much-needed education and the hands-on training vital in the field of Automotive Engineering. A degree from any of these schools will certainly boost your credentials once you start applying for a job in the automotive industry. But more important than academic credentials, it’s the passion for cars (and everything motorized) that separates the winners from the mediocre.