What You Do
Automotive engineers design, develop, and produce vehicles and their constituent parts. Products can range from high-performance motorsports to mass transit vehicles, as well as retail vehicles.
Factors of vehicle design include:
- Bodywork fuel technology and emissions
- Electronics and control systems
- Fluid mechanics
The diversity of these factors makes automotive engineering a melting pot of disciplines, allowing automotive engineers to develop and experiment with an array of emergent technologies. If you are interested in cars, chances are you would have a blast in this industry.
A vehicle’s performance on wet, uneven, and off-road surfaces needs to be determined. You design tests to measure the forces acting upon the vehicle in those situations. Then, you carry out those tests (yourself, or perhaps in a computer simulation). Lastly, you collect and analyze the data, and draw a conclusion towards the vehicle’s performance.
Majors & Classes
Mechanical, electrical, industrial systems, or general engineering
Automotive engineering is also a unique combination of technological advancement and consumer-based design. Engineers must develop a product that both performs well and is desirable to the consumer.
- Process and Quality Engineer
- Project Manager
- Assembly Engineer
- Stamping Engineer
- Electronics Hardware Engineer
- Test Engineer