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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Automotive Engineering Technology

Page address: https://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/aet.html

College of Science, Engineering & Technology
Department of Automotive & Manufacturing
Engineering Technology

205 Trafton Science Center E
Phone: 507-389-6383
Fax: 507-389-5002

The MS Automotive Engineering Technology degree program prepares graduates for careers in product research, design, and development, along with manufacturing 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.

Thesis – 32 Credits
Alternate Plan Paper – 34 Credits

Common Core
AET 661 Automotive Experimental Research I 2    
AET 662 Automotive Experimental Research II 2    
AET 663 Automotive Experimental Research III 2    
MET 600 Manufacturing Research Methods 2    
MET 625 *Advanced Project Management 3    
MET 627 *Six Sigma from an Industrial Perspective 3    
MET 654 *Design of Experiments 3    

Restricted Electives
Choose 3 to 15 credits from the courses listed below.  
AET 535 Automotive Design & Construction 1-4    
AET 568 *Automotive Research Methods and Design of Experiments 4    
AET 592 Seminar: Automotive 1-4    
AET 637 Automotive Emission Design and Measurement 1-3    
AET 638 High Performance Engineering 1-3    
AET 647 Advanced Automotive Emissions and Measurement 1-3    
AET 648 Advanced High Performance Engineering 1-3    
AET 664 Automotive Experimental Research IV 3    
AET 677 Individual Study 1-4    
AET 697 Internship: Automotive 1-5    
MET 507 Manufacturing Resource Planning and Control 3    
MET 525 Project & Value Management 3    
MET 526 Logistics & Transportation 3    
MET 527 Quality Management Systems 3    
MET 528 Lean Manufacturing 3    
MET 628 Advanced Quality Tools 3    
MET 645 CAD Applications 1-3    

Unrestricted Electives
A total of 11 credits from the list of courses below can be taken. Only 8 credits of the 11 can be from MBA courses  
ENG 574 Research and Writing Technical Reports 4    
ENG 675 Technical Communication for STEM Professionals 3    
MBA 612 Data Analysis and Statistics for Managers 2    
MBA 614 Economic Analysis for Managers 2    
MBA 642 Management of Human Resources 2    
MBA 645 Information Technology and Systems Management 2    
MBA 651 Managing Behavior in a Changing World 2    
MBA 657 Managing Service and Manufacturing Operations 2    
MBA 665 Leadership 2    
MBA 667 Organizational Development and Change 2    

Emphasis: Capstone
Three (3) credits of Thesis, or two (2) credits of Alternate Plan Paper plus three (3) additional credits of Automotive or Manufacturing coursework.  
Capstone
Choose 2-3 credit(s):
Two (2) credits of Alternate Plan Paper or three (3) credits of Thesis.
 
AET 694 Alternate Plan Paper 1-2    
AET 699 Thesis 1-3    

* Course has prerequisite courses

  

Course Descriptions

AET 535 (1-4) Automotive Design & Construction

Involves designing and building of prototype vehicles. Topics include: vehicle design decisions, rules, budgets, chassis design, body and aerodynamics, drive train choices, construction techniques, and test procedures. An actual experimental car will be built in this class. May be repeated.

AET 536 (3) Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

This course covers advanced vehicle propulsion systems within the electric and hybrid electric category. Fundamentals of the operation of electric motors, controllers, inverters, and batteries utilized in electric and hybrid platforms will be covered. In addition a significant focus will be placed on the application, modeling, integration, testing, and optimization of the systems in electric and hybrid electric vehicles.

AET 568 (4) Automotive Research Methods & Design of Experiments

Automotive research techniques and equipment form the basis for this course. Environmental measurement, air flow testing, engine dynamometer testing, and vehicle performance measurement are covered. Emphasis is placed on research procedures, data acquisition and interpretation, and technical report writing. Current research projects from the automotive industry are also examined.

Prerequisite: AET 366, STAT 154

AET 592 (1-4) Seminar: Automotive

Selected automotive topics.

AET 637 (1-3) Automotive Emission Design and Measurement

An in-depth laboratory experience involving the evaluation of existing automotive emission control systems and the design or modification of those systems. Emission testing using chemical analysis and chassis dynamometer as required in state and federal test procedures is also included.

AET 638 (1-3) High Performance Engineering

This course is intended for individuals wishing to be employed in professional automotive racing as a product development engineer, technical representative for a race product supplier, or race engineer. An in-depth study of vehicle dynamics and engine design utilizing on-board data acquisition, air flow measurement, and the engine dynamometer.

AET 647 (1-3) Advanced Automotive Emissions and Measurement

A continuation of AET 637.

AET 648 (1-3) Advanced High Performance Engineering

A continuation of AET 638.

AET 661 (2) Automotive Experimental Research 1

The course is the first in a three course sequence focused on the specific skills important for the design of research and development programs. This course will primarily focus will be on four areas: the US Code of Federal Regulations as it relates to mobile source air quality; the measurement of evaporative emissions from vehicles; the process of measuring diluted emissions; and the measurement of raw gas emissions. A research question will be identified and students in the course will work as a research team and carry out the activity.

AET 662 (2) Automotive Experimental Research 2

This course is the second of a three course sequence in applied research methods. The course will focus on the specific skills important for the design of research and development programs. The course will specifically cover the following areas: US Environmental Protection Agency testing standards for vehicles and engines; the calibration procedures for chassis and engine dynamometers and the calibration procedures for exhaust gas analysis equipment. A research question will be identified and students in the course will work as a research team and carry out the activity.

AET 663 (2) Automotive Exprimental Research 3

This course is the third of a 3 course sequence in applied research methods. The course will focus on the specific skills important for the design of research and development programs. The topics covered in this course relate to the management of research projects including: research plan development; budget development; scheduling and time management; leadership; and report preparation. A research question will be identified and students in the course will work as a research team and carry out the activity.

AET 664 (2) Automotive Experimental Research 4

The course will focus on the specific skills important for the design of research and development programs. A research question will be identified and students in the course will work as a research team and carry out the activity. The primary activity will be the creation of a mathematical model that can be used in relation to the applied research activity. The course is an elective and would be taken after the AET 661, AET 662 and AET 663 sequence.

AET 677 (1-4) Individual Study

AET 694 (1-2) Alternate Plan Paper

A minimum of 2 credits is required.

AET 697 (1-5) Internship: Automotive

Automotive work experience in an area pertinent to the student's objective. Registration required prior to beginning employment.

AET 698 (2) Professional Science Masters Capstone Experience

An integral part of every Professional Science Masters degree, regardless of field, is the Capstone, develop a workforce project, produce a written report, and present it as an oral report. The capstone project is developed and supervised collaboratively by faculty and employers, and evaluated or graded by faculty with input from the employer. For a student who is not already employed, a semester-long internship with a private firm or public agency is established. The intent of the Capstone is to integrate the practical application of scientific and professional knowledge, behavior, and skills.

AET 699 (1-3) Thesis