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Certificate in Automotive Engineering

Student in labThe Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research has launched a new Automotive Engineering Certificate program for undergraduate students & non-degree seeking industry members. Participants will choose from six-course offerings covering automotive product innovation, automotive systems, vehicle dynamics, propulsion systems, and autonomous vehicles. Students will select any four courses to create their individual curriculums. Participants will receive classroom instruction, hands-on experience in state-of-the-art laboratories, and opportunities to work on projects with automotive industry clients.

Other major benefits of the Certificate in Automotive Engineering include:

  • Hands-on experience valuable to employers in industry
  • Access to faculty, advanced experimental facilities, and other resources at CU-ICAR in Greenville, SC
  • Exposure to real business contacts and projects


Open to undergraduate in a STEM-related major students who have completed appropriate prerequisite courses (see Courses list below), as well as industry employees with an applicable bachelor’s degree. Prerequisites may be waived with the permission of the instructor.


  • Clemson Undergrads: $3,000 certificate fee ($750 per course) -Scholarships and Fee Waivers available! Contact us for more details.
  • Industry Members: $957 per credit hour


To earn a certificate, students will select and complete any four courses of the six available course offerings. Each course is 3-credit hours.


Semester Offered

Course No.

Course Title



AUE 4010

Vehicle Dynamics

ME 3050 or instructor permission

AUE 4020

Advanced and Electrified Powertrains

ENGR 1410 or equivalent and ME 3030 or instructor permission

AUE 4030

Automotive Project Tools and Prototyping

ENGR 1410 and ENGR 2080 or equivalent or instructor permission


AUE 4050

Autonomous Vehicles

Instructor permission, MATLAB recommended

AUE 4080

Vehicle Testing and Characterization

ENGR 1410, ENGR 2080 and ME 3050 or instructor permission

AUE 4860

Digital Manufacturing

Instructor permission


Current Clemson Undergrads:

  1. Fill out the ”Undergraduate Certificate Application” form found at: 
    - Certificate Name: Automotive Engineering
    - Certificate Program Code: CERTU-AUE-F
    Note: You will only be able to complete the form through the “Student Signature” portion
  2. Email your form to to be signed off by the Certificate Program Director. You will receive the completed form back via email.

Industry Members:

Please email us at for more information!


Dr. Srikanth Pilla
Program Director

Cristina Meers
Program Coordinator