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The Evolution of the U.S. Automotive Industry

COURSE NO: D05-004
The Evolution of the U.S. Automotive Industry
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents the evolution of the U.S. auto industry by tracing historical events relating to the origin of the automotive history to Detroit, Michigan. Michigan is a glove-shaped piece of land, off the beaten track, wedged up between two lakes, and with sometimes very inclement weather. Ohio and Indiana; who are also instrumental in the founding of the auto industry; are located adjacent to Michigan and have the same weather patterns. Despite these seeming disadvantages, the author traces what he thinks are the circumstances that lead to Detroit becoming the automotive capital of the world.


He starts in England where an event occurred 200 years ago that transformed the world of engineering making the automobile and automobile designs possible and functional. He traces the origin of the key materials that make up an automotive vehicle and how they aided Detroit in the automotive industry. He describes the brilliant and famous people who lived in the Midwestern part of the country who aided Detroit in its famous rise to prominence. He sums up Detroit's success to famous people, an abundance of key materials, and great lakes.


This 5 PDH online course if for Mechanical Engineers, Automotive Engineers, Power Train Engineers, Design Engineers and any other discipline dealing with the automotive industry.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning about the three states that led the nation in the founding of the automobile industry
  • Understanding the most important invention in the last 200 years that enabled the development of automobiles, appliances, and buildings
  • Learning about the history of the exploration and development of iron ore mineral deposits in the great lakes area of the United States
  • Understanding the role that the Great Lakes played in the development of the U.S. automotive industry
  • Learning about the history of the development of other raw materials necessary for the creation of the auto industry in the U.S. such as limestone, coal, rubber, glass, and oil.
  • Learning about the early history of the carriage industry in the United States and the transition from carriages to automobiles
  • Knowing the names and history of the automobile pioneers who helped to found the U.S. auto industry and develop it into the world's largest.
  • Learning about the history of the development of the Big Three Automakers, General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the document titled "The Evolution of the U.S. Automotive Industry".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
The Evolution of the U.S. Automotive Industry (2.2 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty (30) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

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