Automotive engineers can expect to work on the design and creation of land based vehicles such as motorcycles, automobiles, trucks, and buses. Delving deeper into the broad aforementioned topics automotive engineers will sometimes specialize in subsystems related to vehicles such as brakes, thermodynamics, heating/cooling systems, and engine efficiency. On the job it is not uncommon for an automotive engineer to be with a project from start to finish, working on it through its entirety with a close knit group of engineers who specialize in other fields related to the project. During the entire engineering process an automotive engineer will have to decide on several things such as what materials to use, how to get the most efficiency out of the vehicle in question, a good time frame for work, and how to maintain quality while still being cost efficient. Since an automotive engineer will probably be the leader of a project they must also perform tests several times throughout the entire process to ensure the quality of parts, the safety of parts, and that everything is up to par with standard engineering regulations, as they could be held liable should anything go wrong because of an error in human judgement. It is also common to find automotive engineers working creating and developing more efficient and complex computer systems for automotives. Through creating more efficient and better computer systems more safety features may be added, the efficiency of the automotive will increase, and a better user experience may be enabled through having easier to use features and systems.
Automotive Engineer Tasks
- Plans and engineers the assembly of whole vehicles and individual parts.
- Conducts research that tests and analyzes design, operation, and performance of components and systems.
- Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or customers.
- Estimates time and cost to complete automotive projects.