How to make a career in Automotive Engineering

To make a career in automotive engineering, there are several engineering technology programs that are offered as various academic courses helping you to specialize in designing vehicles, such as, cars, trucks, etc.

You gather the expertise in providing help to build and test the vehicles, and learn how to repair and maintain with the appropriate tools and instruments. When you watch TV, you come across commercials advertising cars and other vehicles.
If you ponder for once how much it costs the vehicle manufacturers to advertise, you would be able to realise how vast the automobile industry is. If you watch the commercials closely, you will find that features of the vehicle are advertised also, such as, side air-bags, disappearing fold down seats, gas-electric hybrids, and many more.
It is evident that someone had to design these features which are now being made available in the vehicle.

When designing a vehicle, the design break-through comes from the automobile engineers, who have the specialization to design automobiles.
The job that you have as an automobile design engineer is to design the components that go into the vehicle, test them in the laboratory, and qualify them as the components which have been correctly designed. Automobile design engineers put the concept of a vehicle into reality.

You, as a design engineer would run crash tests of the vehicle, and make due assessment of the damage caused, and gather the crash data for further analysis. This you would do to determine how safe the passengers are in the vehicle, should it run into such accidents.
You would then recommend the changes that are required for the vehicle to come up to the specified level of safety.

In order to study automobile engineering, you would need to have a strong base in science and mathematics. Through your knowledge in science, you would understand the various scientific methods that are followed to perform the experiments that are required in the field of automotive engineering.
The technology involves much of thermodynamics, mechanics, electrical motion, etc. for which reason you need to be proficient in the subject of physics.

You will be required to know the working of a combustion engine and also understand how the ignition system works. You would also be required to understand the different aspect of forces that work in a car crash, and able to identify the various parameters that go in to make the car safer.

Properties of material are one of the vital subjects, a knowledge of which is utilized formidably in designing of a vehicle. You would be interested to know how plastic absorbs impact, and how it behaves in comparison with steel or fiberglass.
You would also know at what temperatures the different plastic material should be put through for molding of the parts that go in a vehicle. As a technologist you would know the characteristics of paints that are applied to the vehicle to protect it from different weather conditions.

While doing the automobile engineering course, you will learn how a vehicle is manufactured, and the different stages that it goes through on its way to the final assembly.
You would learn how the different sub-assemblies are manufactured and tested for their qualification. The courses on automobile engineering offer 2 years program, which is essentially the ones designed to train the car and truck mechanics.

If you are looking for a graduate degree, you may choose the 4 years course that earns you a bachelor’s degree.

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17 Responses to “How to make a career in Automotive Engineering”

  1. gurjot on June 6th, 2008 8:49 am

    i m a student of class 12 with commerce stream with maths i want to know that a commerce student can do automobile engeneering? pls reply

  2. Ivan on June 6th, 2008 3:30 pm

    Hi gurjot you can join the Engineer Forum that you find on blogroll, someone will be please to reply to your question with more specific information

  3. Masood Ahmad on August 23rd, 2008 1:14 pm

    hi iam 12th studtent and my subject is computer science can i become a good software engi and automotive engi ?

  4. badri on August 24th, 2008 5:18 pm

    i am doing my comp.sci engineering presently..but i do not want to continue my masters on the interested in automobiles..what are my options?? i see one can move from mech. to comp it possible the other way around??

  5. gaku on September 11th, 2008 5:12 am

    i am student of automotive technology and ready to attain an associate degree in two semester to come. what is your advise me and how i can be an automotive engineer.

  6. Ivan on September 11th, 2008 9:46 am

    I suggest you try to write your request on this forum related to automotive engineering.

  7. pavendan on February 21st, 2009 6:33 am

    Iam a mechanical engineer. now i would like to study the specialiaztion courses on automobile(engines).whether i have any chance to satisfy my needs.

  8. Lebaka on March 18th, 2009 10:49 am

    There are many ways of becoming an automotive engineer and there are also lots of specialisations concerned with automotive. Any person with Engineering degree/Diploma can become an automotive engineer but you will need take some modules that are related to Vehicle engineerig in general. I personally studied mechanical engineering and my speciality is dynamics and control in vehicle engineering environment( basically we analyse the dynamics of a car due to the driver’s input i.e steering, braking and accelerating). There are different levels concerned with automotive, the question will be where do you want to fit. You can find yourself in the following process/levels of automotive:
    1. Design: Most of the time to be involved in the desin team you will need a postgraduate degree because it involves lots of advanced analysis and computation.
    2. Development:
    3. Manufacturing: This is the most important level. this is where production takes place and experience plays a big role because some of the components need to be modified to meet some standard.

  9. Mutale on March 19th, 2009 9:15 pm

    Am a 21 year old student wit intec colege doing cert in motor vehicle technology.I luv wat am doin its ben alwez my dream to become an engeneer and i ll do watever it teks.Am doin so wel bt my problem is that we dnt do practicals its a distance learning,do i stand a chance of fulfiling my childwod dream?

  10. elvis che on March 30th, 2009 11:03 pm

    Pls, i am a high school student and intend to read mechanical engineering upon graduation, but for fact that i`m not good in maths, i`m i doing the thing??? Pls reply.

  11. Sharan on March 31st, 2009 9:33 am

    Hi, I want to know what is the scope for the automotive industry and the average pay for all kinds of jobs of this industry.

  12. kamalakar on April 8th, 2009 4:36 pm

    i am student of science stream & i am interested in automobile engineering there is scope for AE & what is minimum salary after degree?

  13. shashank on April 10th, 2009 7:17 am

    hi i am in class 12th interested in automobiles very much.. can anybody tell me what are the procedures for creating a good career in this field pls reply me on [email removed]

  14. Ayaz on April 19th, 2009 6:33 pm

    Pls mam or sir . . Can you tell me how much will it cost me if ill opt for automobile engineering. . I just completed my 12.. I hope to get around 75 percent. . Can i know the colleges offer this field in karnataka . . Around mangalore. . Pls help me out

  15. prashant deep on April 20th, 2009 8:20 am

    i m persuing b tech from mechanical and wana to know what is best to get specialisation in automobile designing? rply me………….

  16. noma on May 6th, 2009 10:14 am

    i have science and have decided to study automative engeneering, will l have problems in it as time goes on? which text books should i use in order to be successful in it?

  17. daniel kamau on May 18th, 2009 1:23 pm

    im a student from kenya and i want to study automotive engeneering, what are the terms?

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