June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
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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. https://peer.asee.org/1875
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