10 Best Automotive Colleges and Universities
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the auto industry, you might be wondering which schools offer the best programs. To simplify your search, Edmunds has put together a list of top automotive institutions in the U.S. Edmunds staff interviewed automaker representatives as well as browsed the results from car-building competitions, as they compiled the list. Here are just 10 of these quality colleges and universities, to kick off your search for the perfect school.
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The Top 10
Whether you’re more interested in car mechanics or the budding field of cybersecurity, these institutions provide solid training for auto industry professionals.
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Tips for selecting an undergrad program
Picking the right school is just the first step, however. It’s equally important to find the right program to jump-start your auto-focused career. Raj Nair, Ford’s vice president of global product development and an alumnus of Kettering University in Flint, concurs. “Find a program that has courses specifically tailored to automotive engineering — for example, suspension design or powertrain controls—it gives you a big advantage.”
Whatever niche you’re interested in, search for programs that cater to that specific topic. For example, if you prefer automobile restoration, look for a program that will provide hands-on experience rebuilding drivetrains and restoring sheet metal. If you’re passionate about automotive marketing, pick a program that offers a foundation of accounting and statistics, as well as courses about dealerships and the aftermarket environment.
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