The objective of this research study was to assess if students enrolled in MSU - Mankato's Automotive Engineering Technology (AET) program required a project management course. At present, a project management course is not included in the AET program. A survey instrument based on "The Team Effectiveness Critique" by Susan Trimble was developed to answer the research question. AET students enrolled in Senior Design courses were the main focus of this study. Survey results indicated that AET Senior Design students who had taken a project management course prior to a Senior Design course had good ratings in survey categories of Trust and Conflict, Goals and Objectives, and Communication. Findings of this research study indicated that a project management course might help enhance the overall experience of an AET Senior Design project.


Craig Evers

First Committee Member

Harry Petersen

Second Committee Member

Kuldeep Agarwal

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology


Science, Engineering and Technology

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