Vehicle Engineering Concentration

What is Vehicle Engineering?

Vehicle engineering is more than just automotive engineering! The concepts and technologies in vehicle engineering are applied to all modes of transportation, from golf carts to race cars to spaceships, and everything in between. Vehicle engineering covers a wider range of vehicular types, including traditional combustion engines, but also hybrid and electric vehicles, automated and connected vehicles, and subsystems of those like engines, after-treatment systems, transmissions, batteries, electric and control systems. 

About the Program

Be ready to stand out! As the only undergraduate degree program of its kind in the state of Tennessee and beyond, our new vehicle engineering concentration is a unique combination of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering. This degree will prepare you to be a leader in the automotive and vehicle industries, and to help build the next generation of innovative vehicles. Dedicated, expert faculty will help you hone your skills in the automotive, robotics and other areas; and you’ll design innovative vehicle products and work in well-equipped lab facilities. You’ll also enjoy engaging with cutting-edge technologies while gaining valuable experience that will make you stand out in employers’ eyes when you graduate.

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Freshman Year

ENGL 1010
HUFA1
MATH 1910 Calc I
CHEM 1110
ENGR 1110 Graphics
ENGR 1020*
3
3
4
4
2
1
ENGL 1020
HUFA2
MATH 1920 Calc II
PHYS 2110
ENGR 1120 Programming
3
3
4
4
2
Total: 16 + 1 Total: 16

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2130, 2230 or 2330
MATH 2120 Diff. E.
MATH 2010 Matrix Alg.
PHYS 2120
CEE 2110 Statics
ME 2910 Prof. & Ethics
3
3
3
4
3
1
SPCH 2410 or PC 2500
MATH 2110 Calc III
ECE 2010 Electrics Circuits I
ME 3010 Materials
ME 2330 Dynamics
3
4
3
3
3
Total: 17 Total: 16

Junior Year

ME 3001 ME Analysis
ME 3400 Introduction to Automotive Systems
ME 3210 Thermo I
ME 3720 Fluid Mechanics
CEE 3110 Mech of Matls
3
3
3
3
3
ME 3610 ME Dynamics of Mach
VE 3500 Sensors, Transducers And Instrumentation
ME 3220 Thermo II
ME 3710 Heat Transfer
ME 4010 Machine Design
MATH 3470 Introductory Probability and Statistics
3
3
3
3
3
3
Total: 15 Total: 18

Senior Year

SBS1
ME 3050
ME 3060
VE 4410 Senior Design I
ME 4020 Applied Machine Design or ME 4720 Thermal Design
ME 4751 Energy Sys Lab
3
3
1
3
3
2
SBS2
VE 4420 Senior Design II
VE 4500 Reliability and Quality Engineering
AOE1 from BSME Approved List
AOE2 from BSME Approved List
3
3
3
3
3
Total: 15 Total: 15

Program Highlights

  • Tennessee Tech’s many partnerships with local, state, and regional companies in various vehicle industries will give you a wide array of networking and co-op opportunities that can help you land a great job after graduation.

  • Learn state-of-the-art automotive technologies companies are using in autonomous vehicles, electric vehicle technologies, and about the operating principles of these and other vehicle systems.

  • During your degree program, you will help transform a regular human-driven, electric vehicle to one with increased levels of autonomy.

  • Gain additional, valuable hands-on experience while you have fun participating in our award-winning student organizations such as Baja SAE, Formula SAE, the Autonomous Robotics Club, and more.

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Future Careers

Be ready to succeed! Tennessee Tech’s vehicle engineering concentration will prepare you to join the next generation of engineers, ready to meet the huge demand for research, design, development and manufacturing skills in advanced and autonomous vehicles. You’ll also be primed to help companies cultivate and create innovations that could improve traffic efficiency, energy efficiency, air quality, and more, plus making us all safer at the same time.

The growth and revolutionary diversity in the vehicle industry right now is expected to drive more change in the global market in the next 10 years than during the previous 50 years. The autonomous vehicle revolution is already underway, and the demand is increasing every day for the skills you’ll learn in this program. Tennessee and the entire Southeast region is the new hub for automotive manufacturing, and we developed this degree program based on input from top industry partners who need employees that are ready to help shape the future of the industry now.

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