Automotive Engineer

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5 tasks/job Duties

  • Conduct or direct system-level automotive testing.
  • Design control systems or algorithms for purposes such as automotive energy management, emissions management, or increased operational safety or performance.
  • Design or analyze automobile systems in areas such as aerodynamics, alternate fuels, ergonomics, hybrid power, brakes, transmissions, steering, calibration, safety, or diagnostics.
  • Alter or modify designs to obtain specified functional or operational performance.
  • Build models for algorithm or control feature verification testing.

Duties you'll usally do

· Evaluate design drawings for new or changed tools by measuring dimensions on the drawings and comparing them with the original specifications

· Prepare layouts and drawings of parts to be made and of the process for putting them together

· Discuss changes with coworkers—for example, in the design of the part, in the way it will be made and put together, and in the techniques and process they will use

· Review instructions and blueprints for the project to ensure the test specifications and procedures are followed and objectives are met

· Plan, produce, and assemble new or changed mechanical parts for products, such as industrial machinery or equipment


Customer-service skills. Service technicians must discuss automotive problems—along with options to fix them—with their customers. Because workers may depend on repeat clients for business, they must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

Detail oriented. Mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments or other easy-to-miss causes. Service mechanics must, therefore, account for such details when inspecting or repairing engines and components.

Dexterity. Many tasks that service technicians do, such as disassembling engine parts, connecting or attaching components, and using handtools, require a steady hand and good hand–eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They often must take apart major parts for repairs and be able to put them back together properly.

Troubleshooting skills. Service technicians must be able to use diagnostic equipment on engine systems and components in order to identify and fix problems in increasingly complicated mechanical and electronic systems. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

working conditions

The rest are employed in general-purpose machinery manufacturing, automotive parts manufacturing, and testing laboratories.

Mechanical engineers generally work in professional office settings. They may occasionally visit worksites where a problem or piece of equipment needs their personal attention. In most settings, they work with other engineers, engineering technicians, and other professionals as part of a team.

They work mostly in manufacturing industries, architectural and engineering services, and research and development.

Mechanical engineering technicians assist with manufacturing processes in factories, or with development phases in research and development labs before manufacturing takes place

Education needed

Prospective mechanical engineering technicians usually take courses in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and mechanical design in a program leading to an associate’s degree. ABET accredits programs that include at least college algebra, trigonometry, and basic science courses. Associate’s degree programs are found in the following types of institutions:

· Vocational–technical schools, which include postsecondary public institutions that serve local students and emphasize training needed by local employers

· Community colleges, which offer programs similar to those in technical institutes but include more theory-based and liberal arts coursework

Completing an associate’s degree in mechanical engineering technology opens the way to studying for a bachelor’s degree.


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information on wages

salary 2012 United States

10%-yearly $52.000}

25%-yearly $64.500}

median-yearly $80.600}

75%-yearly $100.600}

90%-yearly 121.500}

salary 2012 Arkansas

10%-yearly $42.300}

25%-yearly $53.600}

median-yearly $68.700}

75%-yearly $85.700}

90%-yearly $98.400}

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