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Different Types of Automotive Engineering Jobs

Updated on November 30, 2012

Automotive engineering or automobile engineering is one of the most challenging careers with wide scopes. This field deals with designing, developing, manufacturing, servicing, testing and repairing automobiles. For perfect designing and manufacturing of automobiles, these engineers have to apply various knowledge about electrical, mechanical, software, electronic and safety engineering. It is a profession that demands lots of hard work, creativity, commitment and determination.

Major sections of automotive engineering

The Automobile engineering sector can be classified into three streams Product or Design engineers, Development engineers and Manufacturing engineers.

Product and Design engineers deal with the designing and testing of equipments and systems of automobiles. They create prototypes and test all designed parts to see that these components meet quality standard and deliver the required performance.

Manufacturing engineers are concerned with the activities on how to assemble entire parts of automobiles. They have to design the layout of equipments, specification of automation necessary, safety procedures required during manufacturing process, machine rates and line rates.

It is the responsibility of Development engineers to complete the entire process and deliver engineered automobiles to manufacturer. It is their duty to find out whether the vehicles are constructed following governmental regulations. Development engineers have to communicate to the manufacturing team the spring rate that they want to use in the vehicle.

Area of specialisation

Thus, the major role of vehicle engineers is designing, developing, testing and manufacturing vehicles from the inception of concepts to the production stage. However, it is a broad field which has many subsections. These areas of specialisation include electronics and control system, supply chain management, aerodynamics, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, engine systems and others. These specialised engineers look after vehicles’ mechanisms, electrical systems, functions of engines, workshop techniques, research and designs.

The automotive engineering career will be apt for you if you have interests in engineering and designs. To be successful you need to have excellent knowledge of maths and IT skills. For entry level jobs a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or automotive engineering is essential. It will be an added advantage if one knows computer aided designing and possess internship experience in this field. However, to work in this field you have to be completely aware of the latest technologies.

An automotive engineer has to work in a team and communicate with different types of people. Thus, a strong communication skill, creative approach and effective team work ability will help a lot in this field. For top positions in automotive engineering, most companies prefer experienced individuals or those with specialised degrees.


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