The Bachelor of Science Degree - Advanced Vehicle Systems emphasis listed here is a totally new degree option for the Automotive Technology B.S. degree. This new option is a result of input from our National Advisory Committee and potential employers of our graduates.
Recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions regulations, EPA Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) along with rising fuel costs, are driving new advanced vehicles to the market today. Because of all these technological changes, the automotive industry is experiencing a severe shortage of qualified technical research and development support professionals, field service engineers, technical support professionals, customer service professionals, technical instructors, technical sales professionals, etc. who are educated in the latest advanced vehicle systems and technology.
This degree option is intended for students who have a strong technical background in automobile diagnosis and repair from their A.A.S. degree and from work experience. We are predicting that students who will do well in this emphasis area will also possess strong computer, math, and science skills, along with interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.
Graduates with this degree option will be preparing for a career as technical research and development support professionals, field service engineers, field technical specialists, technical support professionals, customer service professionals, technical instructors, technical sales professionals, etc
Although there may be employment opportunities in your own home state, new or prospective students need to realize that some jobs require them to move to another state for employment.
Students in this program will be recruited for technical assistance, technical research assistance, customer service, and managerial training internship positions between their junior and senior years with a possibility of being hired upon graduation by the following industries:
- Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) dealerships such as Toyota, Honda, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, etc.
- Independent parts suppliers and manufacturers.
- Private and public schools or industries for technical training positions.
- Automobile Auction Centers such as Manheim's Auto Auctions in their vehicle reconditioning programs.
- Government, state, county, city, and private vehicle fleets.
A double major or a minor in Technical Sales is also available and highly recommended for those seeking automotive technical sales and/or managerial positions for a career.
- Minor requires 19 additional credit hours of school work
- Double major requires 23 additional credit hours of school work.
2010 BS Degree - Advanced Vehicle Systems graduate David Nalder, Field Support Engineer for Tesla Motors, Inc. in Palo Alto, California. David helps develop service procedures, train service technicians, troubleshoot customer concerns on Tesla vehicles from all over the world, and write technical service bulletins. David is grateful for the advanced vehicle systems training he received at WSU as well as the technical writing, advanced Excel and advanced Powerpoint classes that were part of his degree requirements.
2010 BS Degree - Advanced Vehicle Systems graduate Mia Bevacqua, Volvo Application Specialist for Snap-On Diagnostics in San Jose, California. Mia helps develop Volvo specific diagnostic software for Snap-On scan tools. Mia loves her job and is grateful for the advanced vehicle systems training he received at WSU as well as the Quality Concepts and Statistical Applications, advanced Microsoft Excel, and Business Communication classes that were part of her degree requirements. Mia also stated that being Master ASE certified helped her get her job.