Automotive Engineering

Most exciting, challenging and rewarding careers

What Do Automotive Engineers Do?

  • Design new products or modify existing ones
  • Troubleshoot and solve engineering problems
  • Plan and design manufacturing processes
  • Automotive engineers must apply their engineering skills in a commercial way because their innovations and solutions must be effective and profitable.

Their typical responsibilities include

  • · Researching, designing, developing and producing vehicles and components

  • · Preparing cost estimates and design specifications

  • · Preparing plans and drawings

  • · Analyzing energy, environmental and safety aspects of the planned project

  • · Predicting vehicle or component behavior under different conditions using computerized models

  • · Developing testing procedures

  • · Investigating product failures

    · Analyzing, interpreting and condensing technical data into reports or presentations

    · Supervise technical staff

    · Working closely with other types of engineers, such as civil, electrical, aerospace, chemical and industrial

    · Working with professionals from other occupational fields, such as marketing and legal

Education for Automotive Engineering

  • Universities and colleges in the United States offer bachelor’s degrees in automotive engineering
  • At the master’s degree and Ph. D levels, such as:
  • Automotive mechanical functions
  • Automotive systems studies
  • Hybrid electric cars

Should have a strong background in advanced calculus, physics and chemistry to succeed at the collegiate level. Good grades and a high level of hands-on experience. Because vehicles today are designed and developed in a virtual world and are basically “computers on wheels,” it is a real advantage to have a strong appreciation of computer science.

Salary per year

  1. Automotive Manufacturing $54,000 – $96,000
  2. Original Equipment Manufacturing $50,000 – $89,000
  3. Systems & Components Manufacturing $51,000 – $92,000
  4. Engine Manufacturing $50,000 – $91,000

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Is Automotive Engineering Right For You?

Ask yourself the following questions in evaluating your potential to become an automotive engineer:

  • Are you interested in motor vehicles and how they work?
  • Are you a natural problem solver?
  • Do you communicate well with others and work productively in a team environment?
  • Are you comfortable leading and motivating others?
  • Are you able to multi-task and meet deadlines?
  • Are you willing to constantly learn new things?
  • If you answered “yes” to these questions, and you do not struggle in math and science, then you should consider pursuing a career in automotive engineering.

where are they hiring?

Elk Rapids, MI, US - Aug 29, 2015 - From