Automotive engineering is a branch of engineering that studies designs, manufacturing and development of motor vehicles. It is an off shoot of Mechanical engineering, as very few universities offer Bachelors’ degree specifically in this field of study, like Ostfalia University of Applied Science – Germany, Han University of Applied Sciences – Netherlands, University of Bolton – UK to name a few. Hence a lot of aspirants pursue Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and then advance to the Masters Degree. Unlike Bachelors’, Masters Degree in Automotive Engineering are offered by a lot of international Universities.
About the field:
The automotive sector is ever evolving. With people and industries becoming more and more tech savvy, the new versions of motor vehicles are relying heavily on electronics and software. The sector is one of the most fast paced sectors to work in. At the same time, it is one of the leading economic sectors in terms of revenue generation, globally. An Automotive Engineer should be abreast and updated at all levels and intervals. Germany wears the crown of being the country with most advanced and developed automotive sector and industry followed by United Kingdom which stands at the second position.
What Specializations can you study?
As an Automotive Engineering student you can specialize in the following areas:
- Engine systems
- Electronics and control systems
- Fuel technology and emissions
- Fluid mechanics
- Rapid prototyping
- Alternative fuels
- Computer-based systems and electronics
- Emissions control
- Vehicle and pedestrian safety or supply chain management
Positions in which you can work after completing this course
As an Automotive engineer you can work on various levels depending upon the number of years of experience that you have. Few positions that an Automotive Engineer works on are listed here:
- Automotive Engineer
- Design Engineer
- Staff Engineer
- Automotive & Software Engineer
- Automotive Sales Engineer
- Product Application Engineer
- Research & Development Engineer
- Automotive testing Engineer
- System Engineer
- Automotive Embedded Software Engineer
- Executive Engineer
Salary earned after completing a graduation or post graduation is a key decision making factor for most of the international students. As per payscale.com the average salary of an Automotive Engineer as of September 2015 was $68,883. However this cannot be taken as a ball park figure as your salary largely depends on the country you work in, your previous experience, your qualification and expertise.
A Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Engineering usually lasts for about 4 years, since the study is complex and as mentioned earlier, ever evolving, making it more critical to be completed in less than 4 years time.
In general there are only few universities offering Bachelors in Automotive Engineering therefore, students choose to complete their undergrad in Mechanical Engineering, which clarifies their concepts through the study of principles of engineering, physics and materials science for analysis, design, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical systems. Nevertheless there could be some institutes offering Automotive as a specialization in the undergrad courses.
University requirements for studying Automotive Engineering:
The university requirements depend largely on the individual university, it also changes from one university to another. In general for a Masters program, a Bachelor’s degree is required. One may not be admitted to a Bachelors program after completing diploma instead of a graduation degree. Likewise for securing admission to the Bachelor’s program a student must have completed a high school diploma or 12th standard in science stream.
An Automotive Engineering study encompasses Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Environmental Engineering. Masters programs delves deeper in the core subjects of Automotive Engineering, right from designing, testing, fuel efficiency, safety, Mechatronics, Material structures, Assembly planning and so on.
Companies hiring students of Automotive Engineering:
As the field is progressing and evolving there is a swift increase in the demand of the Automotive Engineers all around. Few of the renowned recruiters in this field are :
- Mercedes AMG