Automotive Engineers

Automotive engineers are employed by car and truck manufacturers as well as parts suppliers to design and build entire vehicles or individual parts or systems. They may work on the vehicle's engine design, aerodynamics, performance and fuel efficiency, safety features, ergonomics, and more. Approximately 241,100 industrial engineers are employed in the United States, and about 3 percent work in the motor vehicle parts manufacturing sector.

Automotive technicians are skilled workers who are employed by car and truck manufacturers as well as parts suppliers to help automotive engineers utilize design concepts to build and enhance the operation of entire vehicles or individual automotive parts or systems. They also work on the vehicle's engine design, aerodynamics, performance and fuel efficiency, safety features, ergonomics, and other aspects of a vehicle's operation.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Design, build, and test entire vehicles or individual automotive parts or systems
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internships
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Skills
  • Business Management
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Team Manager or Project Supervisor
  • Experienced Automotive Engineer
  • Entry-Level Automotive Engineer

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