“Participation and recognition through the NAFTC has made the latest training resources, curriculum, and technical information on alternative fuel vehicles available to Ferris,” commented Ferris State University Professor Patrick English. “Because of the opportunities with the NAFTC, Ferris is slated to become a nationally recognized provider of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicle education.”
The automotive engineering technology program at Ferris State prepares students to work in positions with auto manufacturers, testing companies, engineering companies, and suppliers. The program strives to keep the latest technology and a solid grounding in future technologies to best prepare graduates for what the future holds for the auto industry.
Ten years ago, Ferris State University began a primarily theory-based class covering alternative fuels. Over the last decade, the program has expanded to include a variety of hands-on projects and learning opportunities with alternative fuel vehicles, tools, and equipment.
The university has received several grants from The Ferris Foundation that have been important to funding the alternative fuel technology program, including a compressed natural gas vehicle and fuel cells, which are used as part of the lab curriculum.
Currently Ferris State is working to expand hybrid and alternative fuel programs for students and instructors.