The best automotive engineering schools

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The best automotive engineering schools
An automotive engineering education allows you to assemble and disassemble an engine like this one. (Vintage Car Engine image by itsallgood from

Automotive engineering entails designing and engineering the new generations of automobiles to go faster, get better fuel economy and provide more safety than the cars before them. According to, there are a number of automotive engineering programs at Universities around the United States that provide the best education in automotive engineering.

Michigan University

Tied for first place as one of the best automotive engineering schools in the nation by, Michigan University provides hands-on training on how automobiles work and are engineered, as well as in-depth explanations as to how the automobile industry works. A majority of the graduates from Michigan's automotive engineering program go on to work in major automotive factories in Detroit or elsewhere around the world. This is a 30-credit-hour degree once students have received a bachelor's degree in engineering.

The University of Michigan - Dearborn 4901 Evergreen Rd. Dearborn, Michigan 48128 313-593-5000

Michigan State University

Also tied for first place in the Edmunds ranking, Michigan State University consistently churns out graduates who go on to work in Detroit and or other major automotive manufacturers around the world. While this focus is folded into the overall graduate studies program at Michigan State University, the university recently opened a £6 million automotive engineering and energy studies laboratory on campus, giving students to one of the best facilities of any university in the nation.

Michigan State University 3410 Engineering Building East Lansing, MI 48824-1226 517-355-5113

Kettering University

Located in Flint, Michigan, the town where General Motors is located, and formerly known as the General Motors Institute, Kettering University is one of the top automotive engineering schools, despite having only 3,000 students total. The university not only offers automotive engineering degrees and funnels most of its graduates into major car companies, but also offers degrees in automotive industry management, sending students into business positions within the upper management levels of the automotive industry.

Kettering University 1700 W Third Ave. Flint, Michigan 48504-6214 810-762-9500

Purdue University

With a school mascot of the Boilermakers and a steam engine on its seal, Purdue University has long had a tradition of producing some of the best engineers in the country who have gone north to Detroit and its many automotive factories and made waves within the industry. It even has a few automotive-oriented celebrities to come out of its automotive engineering program, such as Randy Newman, one of the very few NASCAR drivers who graduated from college.

School of Mechanical Engineering Purdue University 585 Purdue Mall West Lafayette, IN 47907-2088 765-494-6900

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