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Automotive Technology Management
Area 2: Design Technology, Bachelor of Science Degree
Central Missouri's program in automotive technology management is designed to produce leaders to meet the increasing demand for skilled managers in industry. The School of Technology has some of the finest facilities available to prepare students for positions in automotive technology and the transportation industry. UCM students learn from experienced, highly qualified faculty members who are thoroughly familiar with the conditions and needs of modern industry and business.
The automotive technology management program provides specialized training for students entering the automotive industry in three areas of study: automotive technology, design technology, and management technology. UCM is one of only 20 institutions nationwide offering a full-range bachelor's degree in automotive technology. The Automotive Technology Management program has received dual program accreditation through the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) and the National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation (NATEF). The ATM program at UCM is the only B.S. degree in automotive technology across the country to have achieved both accreditations. A certificate in Advanced Vehicle Systems as well as minor in Business Administration can also be completed as part of this degree.
All automotive technology management students must complete an internship to utilize classroom and laboratory principles and theories in actual work situations. Internships are normally scheduled during the last half of an undergraduate program. Students earn from three to nine semester hours of credit upon completion of an internship. Internships are arranged through General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Honda, Cummins, Smith Electric Vehicles, and other employers.
Facilities and Equipment
The Gaines Technology Complex provides some of the most advanced classroom and laboratory facilities in the nation. Over one-third of the 66,000-square-foot area is devoted to the automotive technology management program. Special environmentally controlled areas include rooms devoted to fluid power instruction in hydraulics and pneumatics, as well as for alternative fueled and hybrid/electric vehicles. Separate areas are designed for complete engine and transmission diagnosis and overhaul. The facilities are equipped with a dynamometer/ computer diagnostic center and two sophisticated out-of-chassis FWD/ RWD transmission testers.
Several student organizations exist in the department to enhance the development of special interests and talents of students. The Society of Automotive Engineers (student chapter) provides ample opportunity for professional and performance development to students seeking degrees in automotive technology management.
Depending on their areas of specialization, graduates have a variety of job opportunities. Career opportunities for automotive graduates frequently include employment with one of the major automotive manufacturers, as well as OEM and aftermarket suppliers. Automotive-related career paths include customer service representatives, field service engineers, product improvement specialists, engineering technicians, transportation planners, sales representatives for manufacturers and distributors, insurance claims adjusters and automotive instructors.
UCM offers nearly $7 million in merit-based scholarships to its students each year.
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