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Advanced Vehicle Systems 

Prepares you for a career working with the latest advanced vehicle systems and technology.

Advanced Vehicle Systems is for you if you have:

  • A strong background in automotive diagnosis and repair from your associate’s degree and work experience
  • Strong computer, math and science skills
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to work in a team
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Degree Information

Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology, Advanced Vehicle Systems (AVS) emphasis

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Double Major

Double major in Advanced Vehicle Systems and Professional Sales



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Program Information


Why to Choose This Emphasis

  • You are in demand. The automotive industry has a shortage of professionals who are educated in the latest advanced vehicle systems and technology.
  • You have the opportunity to take on technical assistance, technical research assistance, customer service and managerial training internships between your junior and senior years with a possibility of being hired upon graduation.
  • We partnered with our National Advisory Committee and potential employers of our graduates to make sure this emphasis meets the latest technological changes in the automotive industry.


What You'll Learn

Building on a background in automobile diagnosis and repair, you will learn skills needed to take on a position working with the latest in automotive technology.

Your instruction and training covers:

  • Automotive technology
  • Electrical systems
  • Database applications
  • Safety management and hazardous materials
  • Economics
  • Professional and technical writing
  • Spreadsheet applications
  • Propulsion systems
  • Business communications
  • Alternate fuel systems
  • Automotive standards, laws and regulations
  • Team leadership skills

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Employment Opportunities


As a graduate with an emphasis in advanced vehicle systems, you’re in demand.

Regulations and standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, along with rising fuel costs, are driving new advanced vehicles to the market. Due to these changes, the automotive industry is experiencing a severe shortage of professionals savvy in advanced vehicle systems and technology in these areas:

  • Technical research and development
  • Field service
  • Technical support
  • Customer service
  • Technical instruction
  • Technical sales

You can also take on an internship in areas like technical assistance, technical research assistance, customer service and managerial training with the possibility of being hired upon graduation in one of these industries:

  • Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Toyota, Honda, Acura, Ford, GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Cummins and more
  • 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 its vehicle reconditioning programs
  • Government, state, county, city and private vehicle fleets

Note: Many jobs will require you to move to another state for employment.

If you’re interested in a career in automotive technical sales, marketing or management, a double major or a minor in Professional Sales is highly recommended.


Starting Salaries

With Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology, you’ll earn up to $40,000 or more per year.