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Use Of An Automotive Technology Course In Engineering Technology

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

Publication Date

June 24, 2007

Start Date

June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

Interdisciplinary Education in Engineering Technology

Tagged Division

Engineering Technology

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12.1524.1 - 12.1524.11



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Sean Falkowski University of Dayton

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SEAN A. FALKOWSKI is an assistant professor at the University of Dayton. He holds a Masters degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. His interests include automotive research, materials engineering, and tooling design.

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Use of an Automotive Technology Course

In Engineering Technology


The automobile has been a source of engineering discoveries and employment for the last

century. Many different disciplines go into the manufacturing and design of the automobile.

The principles of the different engineering technology disciplines can be shown through the use

of a general automotive technology course.

At the University of Dayton the graduates of the engineering technology program have a good

chance of interviewing and possibly even taking a job in the automotive field. It was felt that the

students would benefit from taking a course in basic automotive engineering to allow them to

have knowledge of these principles before interviewing for a position in one of these companies.

This course would introduce them to basic systems, components, and terminology as it applies to

many engineering technology disciplines. Also the business aspect would be developed as well

as how government regulations influence automotive design. This paper will describe the

process of developing this class as well as some of the details and how it relates to a multi-

disciplinary engineering technology program.


Alan Greenspan in September of 2000 talked about the skills needed in automotive jobs. This

emphasized the importance of the automotive industry in the United States.1 Mercedes-Benz

has invested money into automotive education at the high school level.2 Tennessee is investing

Falkowski, S. (2007, June), Use Of An Automotive Technology Course In Engineering Technology Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1875

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