Technical Job Skills, Applied
The Advanced Vehicle Systems Certificate was developed as part of a $750,000 Department
of Energy grant received by the Automotive Technology Management program at the University
of Central Missouri. This certificate prepares recipients for a high-tech career in
the automotive industry, where new technologies are already in the past and future
technologies are already here! With an emphasis on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle technology,
advanced driver aids, and autonomous vehicles, this certificate brings UCM graduates
up to speed with the latest advancements for tomorrow in the automotive industry.
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Advanced Vehicle Certificate
Driving the Future of Automotive
The Advanced Vehicles Certificate in the UCM Automotive Technology Management Program
prepares you for the future technology of upcoming production vehicles. Incorporated
into all 3 of the major concentration areas, the Advanced Vehicle Certificate is obtainable
via a 20 hour course curriculum that will cover Hybrid and Electric vehicles, alternative
fuels, and autonomous vehicles and advanced vehicle systems.
UCM’s Automotive Technology Management Program has a storied history of alumni support.
With several alumni making up the program advisory board, and external support from
graduates representing manufacturers like GM, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, MHC Kenworth, Cummins,
Tesla, and others, UCM’s Automotive Program receives vital equipment and monetary
donations from the same companies that will recruit you as a graduate.
The UCM Automotive Technology Management Degree maintains the mission of UCM as a
student-focused degree program. Class enrollments are limited to 20 to ensure adequate
one-on-one time between students and their instructors in the laboratory and classroom
settings. Many of the courses incorporate several hours of weekly lab time in which
the students diagnose and service program-owned vehicles, as well as those belonging
to faculty, staff and students.
Dedicated Faculty and Staff
The faculty and staff of UCM’s Automotive Program are dedicated and passionate about
their student’s success. UCM was founded on the principles of effective teaching
practices and a student-focused approach and the Automotive Technology Management
Program is no exception! Together the faculty represent nearly 50 years of automotive
industry and teaching experience that can be incorporated into their classrooms every
day. In addition to teaching, faculty members provide industry connections that put
students in touch with representatives from many sectors of the automotive manufacturing
and service world allowing them to build their career from the ground up.
Established in 1968
The long history of UCM’s Automotive Program means corporate-level alumni support
and a solid record of success.
Unique and in-demand
One of only 20 programs nationwide offering a full-range bachelor's degree in Automotive
Technology. Graduates are highly sought after for corporate-level positions with companies such
as Chanje EV, Cummins, Enterprise Fleet Management, Fiat/Chrysler, Ford, Tesla, MFA
Oil, MHC Kenworth, and Orange EV, among others. Over $1.5 million dollars in grants and external donations has been received by the
program since 1999.
Accredited and accountable
UCM's Automotive Technology Management program is the only bachelor's degree in automotive
technology to achieve dual accreditations from the Association of Technology, Management
and Applied Engineering (ATMAE), and the National Automotive Technicians Educational
Gaines Technology Complex dedicates more than one-third of its 66,000-square-foot
area to the program, conveniently located on the northeast side of campus.
Value packed degree
A certificate in Advanced (EV/Hybrid) Vehicle Systems and a minor in Business Administration
is incorporated into the Area 1, 2,and 3 curriculum with no additional coursework.
Hands-on, real-world training
In addition to Business, Marketing, Design/Engineering, or Management courses, the
program delivers applied job skills focusing on all Automotive Systems from Engine
Repair through Autonomous Vehicles.
Program Objectives and Outcomes
Improvement through Accreditation
National Automotive Technician Education Foundation
Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering