ABET Accreditation

The Automotive Engineering Technology program is proud to be recognized for the quality of its achievements through the recent receipt of accreditation by ETAC-ABET. The following information has been supplied by ABET*, with our thanks:

What Is ABET Accreditation?

ABET accreditation is assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which it prepares its students. For example, an accredited engineering program must meet the quality standards set by the engineering profession. An accredited computer science program must meet the quality standards set by the computing profession.

ABET accredits postsecondary degree-granting programs housed within regionally accredited institutions.  ABET accredits programs only, not degrees, departments, colleges, or institutions.

Who Sets the ABET Quality Standards?

The quality standards programs must meet to be ABET-accredited are set by the ABET professions themselves.  This is made possible by the collaborative efforts of many different professional and technical societies.  These societies and their members work together through ABET to develop the standards, and they provide the professionals who evaluate the programs to make sure they meet those standards.

Why Is ABET Accreditation Important

  • Accreditation helps students and their parents choose quality college programs.
  • Accreditation enables employers to recruit graduates they know are well-prepared.
  • Accreditation is used by registration, licensure, and certification boards to screen applicants.
  • Accreditation gives colleges and universities a structured mechanism to assess, evaluate, and improve the quality of their programs.

 

Students successfully completing ETAC-ABET accredited programs are expected to perform to the following levels:

ABET Student Outcomes

A. For associate degree programs, these student outcomes must include, but are not limited to, the following learned capabilities:

a. an ability to apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to narrowly defined engineering technology activities;

b. an ability to apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require limited application of principles but extensive practical knowledge;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements, and to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments;

d. an ability to function effectively as a member of a technical team;

e. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve narrowly defined engineering technology problems;

f. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

g. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

h. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities, including a respect for diversity; and

i. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.

B. For baccalaureate degree programs, these student outcomes must include, but are not limited to, the following learned capabilities:

a. an ability to select and apply the knowledge, techniques, skills, and modern tools of the discipline to broadly-defined engineering technology activities;

b. an ability to select and apply a knowledge of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to engineering technology problems that require the application of principles and applied procedures or methodologies;

c. an ability to conduct standard tests and measurements; to conduct, analyze, and interpret experiments; and to apply experimental results to improve processes;

d. an ability to design systems, components, or processes for broadly-defined engineering technology problems appropriate to program educational objectives;

e. an ability to function effectively as a member or leader on a technical team;

f. an ability to identify, analyze, and solve broadly-defined engineering technology problems;

g. an ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in both technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature;

h. an understanding of the need for and an ability to engage in self-directed continuing professional development;

i. an understanding of and a commitment to address professional and ethical responsibilities including a respect for diversity;

j. a knowledge of the impact of engineering technology solutions in a societal and global context; and

k. a commitment to quality, timeliness, and continuous improvement.


Automotive Engineering Technology Outcomes

The nature and level of proficiency demonstrated by graduates in the outcomes prescribed below must be appropriate to the program objectives.

The field of automotive engineering technology is dependent on the application of computers in analysis, design, manufacturing, and operation of facilities. The program must demonstrate that graduates are competent in the application of computer technologies commonly used in industry, governmental service, and private practice associated with land, sea, air, and space mobility.

Graduates must demonstrate proficiency in the application of probability and statistics to the solution of problems related to land, sea, air, and space mobility.

In the field of automotive engineering technology, management and technology are often inextricably intertwined. The program must demonstrate that graduates have acquired the ability to apply modern and effective management skills in identification and investigation of problems, analysis of data, synthesis and implementation of solutions, and operations of facilities related to land, sea, air, and space mobility.

The program must demonstrate that graduates have a working knowledge of the design, manufacture, and maintenance of major subsystems and technologies associated with land, sea, air and space mobility.

* ABET, Inc. 
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