Department of Engineering and Design, College of Science and Engineering
Note: This program option is not currently accepting new students. For further information contact the Engineering and Design Department, Western Washington University, 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9086, 360-650-3380.
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Industrial Technology-Vehicle Design prepares graduates for design, product development and manufacturing positions in the automotive, marine, aerospace, composites, and alternative fuel industry. The program uses vehicle research, design and development projects to educate students. Through the Vehicle Research Institute, over 50 vehicles have been built since 1972. Since 1989, developing hybrid electrical and natural gas/biomethane vehicle technology has been a focus of the program. The student teams have set records around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, up Pike’s Peak and across the Australian Outback with a class win in the 1990 World Solar Challenge. A recent team was the only U.S. university-based team in the finals of the Progressive Automotive X Prize - a $10 million prize to build a 100 mile per hour gallon car. Graduates have entered a wide range of industry sectors including: automotive, automotive racing, aerospace, marine, heavy duty vehicle, composites, prototype design and manufacturing, computer numerically controlled machining and biofuels. Students gain an understanding of the tools, materials and processes used in industry.
Engineering and Design Departmental Website: cse.wwu.edu/engd
Vehicle Design Program Director
Engineering Technology 146
& Pre-Major Advisor
Engineering Technology 204
Jobs obtained by Western students vary widely depending on the individual student’s abilities and the portfolio of work they create while in the program. Graduates of this program have held positions in most major automotive manufacturers and custom car building companies, including positions as stylists. Graduates also work in marine, aerospace, composites and trucking industries.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.