The automobile industry develops and manufactures products through cutting-edge technologies in machinery, electronics, communications and design. In this regard, it can be said that automobile technology signifies the technological standard of the relevant country. The automobile industry produces significantly greater technology ripple effects and creates more jobs than any other industrial sector.
To develop automobiles with outstanding performance, this department provides theoretical and practical education to foster and produce engineering students equipped with skills required in the automobile industry.
To understand the functions of automobile components and the organic relation between these elements, students learn about general mechanical engineering and electric & electronic engineering. At the same time, students also study various applied software (CAD, structural analysis, flow analysis, heat transfer problem analysis, experiment and control) related with each subject to stay in touch with the development trends of the automobile industry.
Furthermore, this department fosters professionals equipped with superior practical abilities by providing students with the space and equipment to experiment and practice the knowledge they have acquired through theory and software.
Upon graduation, department graduates advance into various fields such as car manufacturers, car component manufacturers, automobile-related research centers, car inspection companies, car repair companies, adjuster of damage and the Korea Transportation Safety Authority.
Education and Research Area
Major areas of education
- Strengthen practical skills through theory/practice integrated education in major subjects
- Cultivate applied skills for electronic control/safety technology to optimize performance of eco-friendly high-tech automobiles
- Enhance design/analysis technologies for automobiles and components through sufficient experiments and practice
- Produce research results by carrying out advanced studies based on the research guidance of academic advisors
- Foster active, enterprising technicians with outstanding practical skills
- Academic/education/research exchange activities by establishing cooperative relationships with foreign colleges
Major areas of research
- Power plant design, simulation of combustion, flow, atomization in relation to engine performance, measurement/control studies
- Optimization of car driving performance, development of design/control technology/simulation programs for hybrid power transfer system
- Research and development in relation to the analysis and experimentation of car body strength/stiffness/endurance
- Simulation and experimental studies for optimized aerodynamic designs of automobiles
- Development and simulation of main algorithms VCU, HCU, ECU, TCU, ABS, TCS
- Next-generation eco-friendly automobile (fuel cell car, electric car) research
Applications and Related Industrial Area
- Car/machinery component industry
- Car electronic/communication component industry
- Car safety-related industry
- New environment industry
- Production, storage and supply of new energy sources
- Energy saving device industry
Feature of Department and Development Prospect
The long-term prospects of automobile technology are expected to develop in a direction that satisfies the needs of consumers who continuously request eco-friendly, low-pollution, low-fuel, safe, convenient vehicles. The industry will strive to rapidly develop green products to protect the global environment and carry out miniaturization by applying new lightweight materials for reducing the economic burden of consumers. Furthermore, intelligent cars that integrate electronic/communication technology with vehicles are developing at a rapid pace and are expected to be commercialized in the near future. The future automobile industry requires cutting-edge machinery, electronics, communications and materials, but the fundamental technology of Korea remains weak in this sector. Most of the automobile-related education provided in Korean graduate schools is focused on text-centered theory education rather than experiments and practice, which are important for fostering practical skills. By developing a curriculum to overcome such problems and actively cope with the trends in automobile engineering, the department of Automobile Engineering, Graduate School, SeoulTech is striving to provide conditions for harmonized education and to foster advanced personnel equipped with practical skills and theoretical knowledge that can lead the continuously developing Korean automobile industry.