The automobile, or any motorized vehicle, is such a fixture in most of our lives that we take for granted that someone designed it for maximum efficiency and minimum cost. Automotive engineers develop components and systems for vehicles (cars, motorcycles, and heavy vehicles) that provide great customer value and satisfaction at an affordable price while increasing their employers' profitability. Automotive engineers create new or improved designs for all parts of a vehicle using computer-aided design technology. They are responsible for analyzing and providing creative and technically-feasible solutions to all problems that are encountered during the production of the vehicle.
Automotive engineers can be involved in the entire process of creating a car, from initial concept to testing of the finished product. They are concerned with the safety, fuel efficiency, and comfort of their designs. Automotive engineers can specialize in a particular area, such as structural design, exhaust systems, and engines, and they can also work with focus groups and market specialists to determine what customers would like in their vehicles.
Automotive Engines: Theory and Servicing
James D. Halderman
No preview available - 2008
Automotive engineers require a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or in a related engineering field. Some engineers also get master's degrees in a specific area, such as automotives.
Automotive engineers should be creative, inquisitive, analytical, and detail oriented. They need a basic familiarity with engines, drive trains, and the other systems of a car or motorcycle. They should be able to work as part of a team and communicate well, both orally and in writing. Communication abilities are becoming increasingly important as engineers interact more frequently with specialists, such as attorneys, in a wide range of fields outside engineering.