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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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For people who are fired up about Ford, passionate about Polaris, or hog wild about Harleys, Minnesota State University's Automotive Engineering Technology (AET) Program offers the opportunity to turn passions into a profession. Vehicle enthusiasts have been pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Automotive Engineering Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 1988. AET students also receive a minor in Manufacturing Engineering Technology.

Engineering technology has been defined as the part of the technological field which requires the application of scientific 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 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 defined and assessed for continuous improvement. They are as follows:


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