SOUTHFIELD–Lawrence Technological University has been named the No. 3 automotive engineering university in the nation, according to College Gazette, a college ranking website.
LTU offers a Master of Science degree in automotive engineering, as well as a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering with a concentration in automotive engineering.
LTU students participate in international competitions, such as Formula SAE, Formula Electric, Baja SAE, and SAE Supermileage, and rank among the top performing teams. Graduates seek additional learning opportunities through applied research projects and doctoral programs. And LTU’s alumni are numerous among the Detroit Three, Michigan auto suppliers, and automakers and suppliers around the globe. Ford Motor Co., General Motors and Stellantis employ more LTU graduates than any other employers.
LTU also houses a state-of-the-art Johnson Controls Inc. Vehicle System Engineering Lab which supports applied research focused on creating new knowledge in the field of automotive engineering with a four-wheel independent chassis dynamometer, robot driver, and data acquisition system. Research capabilities include vehicle dynamics, fuel economy, driveline technology, safety, advanced materials, fasteners, emerging energy technologies, controls, and more.
PayScale sets the median salary for an automotive engineer at $79,126. The Bureau of Labor Statistics sets the median salary for all mechanical engineers at $90,160, and says job growth is expected at about 4 percent over the next 10 years.
Michigan had three universities on the top ten list. In addition to LTU, Kettering University and Ferris State University were also acknowledged.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 100 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.