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Global Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering MEng Online & On Campus

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Kathy Bishar

Graduate Coordinator

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Pingsha Dong

Program Director

GAME at Michigan Statistics

#6

best online graduate engineering programs

Top 10

engineering and business school on the same campus

19%

female, 13% underrepresented minorities, 31% international students

14:1

student-to-faculty ratio

6

cutting edge areas of excellence

Why Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering from ISD at Michigan?

  • Excellent career prospects. 99% of our graduates are employed within six months after graduation. The average salary of our graduates with a Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering degree is $90,600 with a range of $72,000-$130,000.

  • Flexibility in schedule and location. Students can choose to be either full time or part-time. All classes are taught as a hybrid so students can take courses on-campus, remote, or fully online each semester.

  • Multidisciplinary training and integrative thinking. To be competitive in the increasingly globalized automotive industry, today’s engineers need to be rooted in a strong background in product development and production, with a clear understanding of how to work with virtual global teams and deal with global supply chains. The Master of Engineering (MEng) in Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering (GAME) degree prepares students to meet these challenges by integrating core elements of global automotive design, manufacturing, and supply chains.

  • Education by world-class researchers and industry leaders. Students take courses that are taught by world-renowned researchers in manufacturing and industry leaders who have made outstanding impacts in manufacturing and the automotive industry.

  • Immersive practicum opportunities. Students get to practice their learnings through industry-relevant capstone projects with industry, research, and non-profit organizations, integrating across traditional engineering disciplines like mechanical, industrial, and material science engineering to create real-world solutions.

  • World-class resources and infrastructure. Students can benefit from resources like the Center for Entrepreneurship and the Fabrication Studio at the Duderstadt Center. In addition, the University hosts a wide range of research institutes and core facilities.

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    ONLINE BY DESIGN
    This degree is designed for online delivery, offering students the opportunity to pursue a high-quality graduate engineering education that is flexible and convenient. As an online student, you will have access to the same expert faculty, rigorous coursework, and breadth of resources as those studying on campus. You will also earn the same world-class Michigan Engineering degree.

What can you do with an MEng in Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering?

It prepares students to work virtually and collaboratively, as well as to develop the competency to build and lead global teams.

It offers global content, integrating core elements of both automotive design and manufacturing. It also provides students with an opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge in an engineering specialty as well as breadth across manufacturing and management.

Align your Interest

Students are required to choose their core courses with a focus on any of the categories offered by the department which aligns with their interest to achieve technical proficiency in one of the specialties in Automotive systems, Systems integration, or Manufacturing.

Chassis & Advanced Materials

In motor vehicles, the chassis provides essential structural support functions for not only the entire vehicle system, e.g., power train, passengers, and cargo weight under variable road dynamics conditions. Its manufacturing quality and structural integrity must be assured for operational safety. 

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  • Optimum Chassis Design
  • Finite Element Structural Analysis Methods
  • Structural Lightweight
  • Structural Fatigue and Durability
  • Advanced Structural Materials (Metals and Composites)

Electrification

Electrification covers various aspects of the design and manufacture of hybrid and fully electric vehicle systems with electrical means of propulsion.

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  • Advanced Energy Generation and Storage Solutions (e.g., battery and fuel cell systems, sensors and control mechatronic systems, hybrid electric vehicle system and design, etc.)

Intelligent Vehicle Systems and Design

Intelligent vehicle systems comprise electromechanical and electromagnetic devices along with computer-controlled systems and radio transceivers for semi and fully autonomous navigation and activation of safety systems. 

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  • Advanced MEMS
  • Digital Communication Signals and Systems
  • Integrated Systems and Software System Engineering
  • Vehicle Control Systems

Advanced Powertrain

Advanced powertrain covers both conventional power systems (e.g., engine, transmission, driveshafts, differentials, etc.), hybrid powertrains (one or more electric traction motors), and all-electric vehicles.

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  • Internal Combustion Engines
  • Dynamics and Control of Automatic Transmission Systems
  • Energy Generation and Storage Systems
  • Modeling and Analysis of Electric Vehicles

Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing

Advanced vehicle manufacturing covers both fundamentals of materials processing for achieving desirable forms/properties and principles of part/component assembly in the modern production environment.

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  • Production System Engineering
  • Global Supply Chain Management
  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes(e.g., forming, machining, welding/joining, and laser processing, computational process simulation, performance-based quality definition, and manufacturing effects on structural performance)

Vehicle Performance & Controls

Vehicle performance & controls cover vehicle dynamics characteristics under various driving conditions and their controls, including safety systems. Courses in this area include vehicle dynamics, modeling, and control; modeling and control of advanced powertrain systems, control of hybrid electric vehicles, and control system analysis and design.

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  • Dynamics and Control of Automatic Transmissions
  • Control Systems Analysis and Design
  • Vehicle Crashworthiness and Occupant Protection
  • Dynamics and Control of Connected Vehicles
  • Intermediate Dynamics and Vibrations
  • Intermediate Dynamics
  • Automatic Control
  • Automotive Body Structures
  • Mechanical Vibration
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Modeling Dynamic Systems
  • Linear Systems Theory
  • Modeling, Analysis, and Control of Hybrid Electric Vehicles
  • Control of Advanced Powertrain Systems

Courses Offered

Individualized plans of study will be developed by students in consultation with an advisor. The curriculum includes a capstone project that provides students with an industry-relevant team project experience. Click on the Bulletin link for a description of each course.

Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies Program (SUGS)

Current University of Michigan engineering students can complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in only five years with SUGS by taking some graduate-level classes during your undergraduate years, so you can save yourself one semester and complete a master’s with only two additional semesters.

SJTU-JI Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMDP)

Students who receive an undergraduate BSE degree from the U-M – Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Joint Institute (SJTU-JI) can also pursue an Integrative Systems + Design Engineering master’s degree at U-M through the U-M-SJTU Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMDP).

Setting Ideas into Action

Make an impact by applying the knowledge and skills acquired through your MEng degree in the Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering program to solve relevant problems in the industry, research, and non-profit organizations in our community.

Capstone Project

An important element of the program is a capstone project which offers students the opportunity to solve a real-world problem with their new knowledge. The culminating project can be completed individually or on a team, virtually or locally, and in close interaction with faculty and industry leaders.

Practice your passion through projects in:

  • Research in cutting-edge labs
  • Onsite work in top-ranked companies
  • Field-work with meaningful non-profits

Graduate Student Involvement

Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC)

Graduate Student Advisory Committee (GSAC)

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Professional Development

Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC)

Engineering Career Resource Center (ECRC)

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Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

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National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

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Alumni Bios

Each of these alumni were once in your shoes, deciding on a master’s degree. Explore their educational path and how it set their life in motion.

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Aastik Chawla

MEng Global Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering, 2017

Rivian

Product Strategy Analyst

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Ajit Shetty

MEng Global Automotive and Manufacturing, 2017

Huf Group

Mechanical Design Engineer

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Jerry Villagrana

MSE Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering, 2015

General Motors Company

Integration Design Engineer (IDE)

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Mohammad Fatouraie

MEng Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering, 2010

Robert BOSCH

Engineering Manager, Systems Engineering

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Aastik Chawla

University of Michigan, MEng Global Automotive & Manufacturing Engineering, 2017

Delhi College of Engineering, BS Mechanical Engineering, 2016

Rivian

Product Strategy Analyst

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Career Summary

The flexibility of taking multiple courses across different schools during my master’s really provided me with a variety of skills. With such a breadth of knowledge, I was able to leverage my projects at CoE and Ross Business School efficiently when I made the transition from school to my current job.

How does your Master’s degree differentiate you from others?

My current role at Rivian is under Product Planning, which enables me to work with engineers, designers and manufacturing teams. With the technical and manufacturing concepts I learned from College of Engineering (CoE) courses and strategy courses at Ross, I was prepared for my job at Rivian from Day 1.  The MEng degree in GAME is pragmatic and useful.

Reflection on Time Spent at U-M

I co-founded the ISD-GSAC, a student organization within the newer academic division in the CoE which was a huge achievement. I was also a part of the Ross Auto Club and CoE’s student committee.  

Advice to Students

Explore multiple fields, be it on the design side, mechanical side, controls side, or even business management side. This will help you understand where your interests and passions lie. I always thought I wanted to be on the design side but only when I took a few business school courses, I realized that my actual passion is more towards strategy and planning. Hence, my final semester classes helped me land my current role at Rivian.

Overall, in your early years at school (for undergrads), or first couple of semesters(for grad students), go out and take multiple courses across different fields to get more insight outside your chosen domain. This will also help you step out of your comfort zone and learn new things which will always come in handy in real life in your future job roles.

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Ajit Shetty

University of Michigan, MEng Global Automotive and Manufacturing, 2017

Huf Group

Mechanical Design Engineer

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Career Summary

My Master’s degree from the University of Michigan has given me a multidisciplinary approach to my day-to-day activities as a mechanical engineer. I serve an automotive market that adds convenience, safety and security to passenger access and my design fits into at least half a million cars on every project. I engage with engineers from various backgrounds such as Testing, Manufacturing, Operations, Development and am constantly required to make decisions that drive the design from concept to final production. I credit my proficiency in my job to my course work at the U-M which was carefully structured to help me  learn to work effectively in teams and provided exposure to various systems in automotive engineering.

How does your Master’s degree differentiate you from others?

My Masters curriculum had a structured distribution of courses in business and systems which has become the underlying necessity for every organization that looks to recruit a prospective talent. Beyond this, the flexibility of my program allowed me to further specialize in the interdisciplinary areas of engineering such as Manufacturing and Mechatronics systems. This gave me a leading edge in decision making and helped me to effectively collaborate with various teams.

Advice to Students

My advice to aspiring engineers would be to stay curious and take programs that push you out of your comfort zone. Participate in co-curriculars and have a collaborative approach. The formula for any successful organization is having a great team, and you can learn to be an effective team member through team-based projects. Go Blue!

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Jerry Villagrana

University of Texas at El Paso, BSE Mechanical Engineering, 2007 

University of Michigan, MSE Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering, 2015

General Motors Company

Integration Design Engineer (IDE)

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Career Summary

I began my career as an intern working in the Body in White Department at General Motors. I worked in the plant installing body shop tooling. I then developed in non contact measurement and spent some time operating and developing standard work for white light and laser scanning. After that I took ownership of the Interior and Exterior Quality of the vehicle during the pre production phase. During this time I ran build events and trained teams in dozens of plants in the US as well as long term assignments in Thailand and Mexico. Following a 2 year assignment in Mexico I made a career change and joined Advanced Vehicle Development as an integration design engineer. As an IDE  I am working in the Cadillac Design Studio on projects that will raise the bar for the future of mobility. 

How does your Master’s degree differentiate you from others?

I have no doubt that the GAME MEng degree I earned through GM’s Technical Education Program at U-M helped me make my career change as personnel moves from Manufacturing to AVD are not common. The courses in the program enhanced my problem solving acumen and added context to many aspects of the automotive industry to which I had not been exposed.

Advice to Students

One piece of advice I give young engineers interested in the GAME degree is to not be afraid and dive in. Many young engineers I speak with are worried they won’t have the time for the kind of commitment required. I reassure them that it can be done, as I completed a large part of the program while living and working on an international assignment in Mexico, with my wife and two kids with me. So if I could find the time and balance between work, life and study, you likely can too. 

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Mohammad Fatouraie

Aachen University, Germany, BSE Mechanical Engineering, 2006

University of Michigan, MEng Global Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering, 2010 

University of Michigan, PhD Mechanical Engineering, 2014

Robert BOSCH

Engineering Manager, Systems Engineering

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Career Summary

As part of the MEng program I had opportunities to directly engage with the automotive industry as part of my capstone project. Based on those experiences I decided to pursue a PhD program in Mechanical engineering with a focus on collaboration with the industry partners on the advanced topics. Later I joined the research faculty at the mechanical engineering department as assistant research scientist and continued fostering the collaborations with the national labs and industry partners. Through one of these collaborations I was offered an opportunity to join Bosch’s Advanced System Engineering department and I am currently the manager of System Engineering in the Powertrain Solutions division at Bosch.

How does your Master’s degree differentiate you from others?

The overview provided from various perspectives of Automotive and Manufacturing sectors connected me to the industry and provided opportunities to work on topics with real world impact.

Advice to Students

I always enjoyed the guest lecturers from industry or national labs who shared their experience. Student organizations such as Baja, Solar car, and SAE provide excellent opportunities to work on team projects. Beyond the technical aspects, they provide a platform for teamwork and collaboration.

Industries & Occupations

  • Automotive OEM’s & Suppliers
  • Retail and Logistics
  • Education
  • Computer Hardware
  • Consulting and Engineering services
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Telecommunications
  • Design Agencies
  • Medical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Equipment Supplier
  • Engineering Consulting
  • Operations Manager
  • Autonomous Driving Engineer
  • System Software Integration Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Performance and Emissions Engineer
  • Controls & Robotics Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Controller Integration Engineer
  • Design and Release Engineer
  • Hybrid/EV Validation and Development Engineer
  • Safety Performance Engineer
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Program Manager

Companies

  • GM
  • Ford
  • BMW
  • Bosch
  • Kohler
  • Nissan
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Tesla
  • Continental
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Roush Industries
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America

Salaries

Discover the value of a master’s degree!

On average, U-M graduates with a master’s degree in an engineering field can earn 15-25% more than those with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Students with the ISD MEng degree in GAME  had a highly competitive salary range of $72,000 – $130,000 and an average of $90,600 in 2019. Use the links below to research average salaries based on a U-M engineering master’s degree,  experience level, and desired work location.