Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering - Leading Process and Product Improvement

Automotive Lab

In our automotive lab, you'll put classroom theories to the test through hands-on work with automobiles' systems and subsystems.

You'll work to understand and perhaps improve upon drive trains, power plants, steering systems, braking mechanisms and safety issues, while considering the factors of comfort, handling, fuel economy and emissions.



To do this you will frequently use the following types of machinery, which, outside of a very sophisticated university setting, can only be found inside automotive companies themselves:

  • Engine dynamometers
  • Chassis dynamometers
  • Combustion research dynamometers
  • Emission certification equipment
  • Fuels and lubricant equipment

These experiences will train you to apply expertise to the auto industry's processes of design, production, and post production. Furthermore, since the industry is striving to become more "lean," the automotive option can help you to become more versatile, enabling you to promote yourself as someone who understands theory, machinery, and applications.


Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5336 USA
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