Automotive Engineering Technicians

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Automotive engineering technicians help automotive engineers determine automotive performance and efficiency by conducting tests and studying and collecting data on vehicles and vehicle parts and systems. They may provide assistance in researching and testing the vehicle's engine design, aerodynamics, performance and fuel efficiency, safety features, ergonomics, and more. There are approximately 48,000 automotive engineering technicians employed in the United States, according to the Occupational Information Network.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Assist automotive engineers in the research, design, building, and testing of entire automotive vehicles or individual automotive parts or systems
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities available throughout the country, best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Two to three years of experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Automotive Engineering Technician Supervisor or Manager
  • Automotive Engineering Technician
  • Apprentice Automotive Engineering Technician