Automotive Engineering

Curriculum Information

The Higher National Professional Diploma (HNPD) in Automotive Engineering can be completed in 2 years on a full-time basis.

Part-time students on average complete the HNPD in 3-4 years.

Integrative Science

  • Auto 501 Integrated Vehicle Systems Design

Course Offerings

  • Global Engineering Leadership
  • Innovative & Entrepreneurship
  • Integrative Thinking
  • Model-Based Systems & Design
  • Socio-Technology

Key Competencies

  • Knowledge of market forces
  • Financial insight (understanding numbers)
  • Strategic thinking
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion
  • Ability to influence
  • Creativity
  • Business planning and integration

Model-Based Systems Engineering and Design

Key Competencies

  • Modeling complex systems
  • Optimisation
  • Data analytics
  • Behavioural models
  • Business/Dynamic modeling
  • Qualitative models
  • Digital twins development
  • Evaluate data quality

Integrative Thinking

Key Competencies

  • Broad technical, business, management, and education experience
  • Ability to construct and correlate models that are abstractions of interactions and to evaluate data against the model.
  • ‘Big picture’ thinking
  • Understanding, at least at the top level, what knowledge domains are relevant and prioritizing their importance.

Global Engineering Leadership

Key Competencies

  1. Ability to scope and identify unique challenges of global engineering projects:
  • Global regulatory issues
  • Internationally-recognised engineering and manufacturing quality norms
  • Managing technology and legal contracts
  • Global supply chain issues/outsourcing/Offshoring
  • Re-positioning of Corporations and Subcontracts
  • Risk Management
  • Cross-cultural decision making
  • Understanding consequences/impact of decisions
  1. Provide tools for taking corrective actions (within context of ‘real-world’ global problems)
  • International Cultural Competency
  • Multicultural team management and global team leadership

Socio-Technology

Key Competencies

  • Socially engaged decision making
  • Operational understanding of the impact of technology on society, world, environment (vice versa)
  • Global awareness

Program Core

Course Offerings

  • Powertrain
  • Vehicle Structure & Materials
  • Vehicle Dynamics & Controls
  • Vehicle Electrical & Software

Powertrain

Key competencies

  • Performance, efficiency and sustainability
  • Electrification, Internal Combustion, Hybrid, Fuel Cell, Alternative Fuel and Transmission technologies
  • Control Systems
  • Societal, technological and competitive considerations 

Vehicle Structure and Materials

Key competencies

  • Structural design
  • Flexible materials (sheet meta) and engineered composite materials
  • Occupant comfort, safety, and noise, vibration and harshness (NVH)

Vehicle Dynamics and Controls

Key competencies

  • Advanced driver assistance and autonomous operation technology
  • Optimize vehicle dynamics performance
  • Suspension and Steering systems
  • Societal, technological and competitive considerations

Vehicle Electrical and Software

Key competencies

  • Developing and integrating control systems
  • HMI and mechatronics
  • Architectural design, verification and validation
  • Societal, technological and competitive considerations

Career Pathways

Course Offerings

  • Automotive Powertrain and Electrification Systems Design
  • Autonomous & Connected Vehicle design
  • Vehicle Dynamics & NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) Design
  • Vehicle Body, Interior & Safety Design
  • Vehicle Human-Centered Design & Architecture
  • Vehicle Mobility Systems
  • Motorsports Engineering

Automotive Powertrain & Electrification Systems Design

Key competencies

  • Performance, efficiency and sustainability
  • Electrification, Internal Combustion, Fuel Cell, Alternative Fuel and Transmission technologies
  • Control systems
  • Societal, technological and competitive considerations

Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Design

Key competencies

  • Automated driving system design
  • Data analysis and machine learning
  • Connected vehicle communication technologies
  • Advanced driver assistance systems
  • Societal, technological and competitive considerations

Vehicle Dynamics & NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) Design

Key competencies

  • Vehicle dynamics, functional safety, or Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH)
  • Modeling, robustness, control systems and requirements
  • Societal, technological and competitive considerations

Vehicle Body, Interior & Safety Design

Key competencies

  • Product design, modelling and materials
  • User empathy
  • Concurrent product/process design and supply base
  • Minimum weight and cost
  • Societal, technological and competitive considerations

Vehicle Mobility Systems

Key competencies

  • Mobility solutions
  • Functional safety of vehicles
  • Data Analytics, Human-centered Design, Electrification and Autonomy
  • Human Factors
  • Societal, technological and competitive considerations

Vehicle Human-Centered Design and Architecture

Key competencies

  • Vehicle architecture configurations
  • Extracting, analyzing and addressing unmet user needs
  • Human Factors
  • Societal, technological and competitive considerations

Motorsports Engineering

Key competencies

  • Vehicle dynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Control systems
  • Composite structures
  • Human Factors
  • Modeling, benchmarking and robustness

Immersive Practice

Course offering

Auto 503: Automotive Engineering Project

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