Transportation Design

Alumni of other programs usually find great jobs when they graduate: working for our alumni.

You can either become a CCS graduate or work for one.

The CCS Transportation Design program has spent 55 years becoming the best. This century’s wave of ingenuity brought with it autonomous vehicles and mobility-forward design, and we educate the designers who are leading this charge and whose influence in the transportation industry is unmatched anywhere.

CCS alumni swell the ranks of every major car design studio and nearly all the Tier 1 auto suppliers. Our graduates account for 60% of the design team at Fiat Chrysler, led by Global Head of Design and alumnus Ralph Gilles. GM Design employs more than 175 of our alumni, and our graduates are key designers at power sports company studios.

It all began right here in Detroit, the heart of the US automotive industry where our faculty of award-winning, industry-savvy professionals have no rivals.

 

 
What Sets Us Apart?

Internationally Recognized Faculty
Internationally recognized designer and alumnus Paul Snyder leads the undergraduate program in ground, aeronautic, marine, and emerging mobility systems, bringing more than 25 years of global industry experience from Tokyo, Milan, Los Angeles and Detroit.

Industry Connections
The global design chiefs Moray Callum of Ford Motor Company, Ralph Gilles of Chrysler and Mike Simcoe of General Motors — who all keep a close eye on the program’s quality — sit on the CCS Board of Trustees.

Real-World Design Opportunities
Students secure competitive internships at top firms around the world and work on sponsored design projects with industry insiders.

Career Choices

Airplane Design
Automotive Design
Bike Design

Boat Design
Motorcycle Design
Mass Transit Design

  

Previous Internships

AISI
Altair
American Iron and Steel
Arctic Cat
Armstrong-White
Bayer Material Science
Black & Decker
BMW Designworks
BMW Motorrad
Bose
Chase Design
Chrysler
Daihatsu
DEKA Research
Design A Storz
East Cape Canoes

Ecco Design
Fiat
Fisker
Ford
Funrise-Tonka
General Motors
GlobalWatt
GM Shanghai
Hagie Manufacturing Company
Hayashi of America
Honda R&D, Tokyo
Honda Tokyo
Intier/Magna
Johnson Controls
Lantech
Little Tikes

LPK
Mack Trucks
Mattel
Mazda Japan
Mercedes-Benz
Mercury Marine
Michelin North America
Milai Corporation
Navistar
New Balance
Nissan
Nissan Japan
Nissan London
Opel
Peugeot
Polaris

Porsche
Pratt & Miller Engineering
Procter & Gamble
Reebok
RTT
Samsung
Sportech Inc.
Subaru
Techno Art
Toyota
U.S. Marine Corps.
Visteon Design Office
Volkswagen
Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center
Whirlpool Kitchen Aid
Yazaki North America

Contact Us

Transportation Design Department
T. 313.664.1600
F. 313.664.1606

Department Chair
Paul Snyder