Automotive Engineer


    Automotive engineers work as part of a team responsible for vehicle design, development, manufacture and testing. You will need to have a combination of engineering and commercial skills to be able to deliver projects within budget. Once you’ve built up experience, it’s likely you will specialize in a particular area, for example, structural design, exhaust systems or engines.


    Types of Automotive Engineer

    • design;
    • production;
    • research and development.


    Employers of Automotive Engineer

    • Tyre manufacturers
    • Specialist vehicle design companies
    • Research/test laboratories
    • Oil and fuel companies
    • Suppliers



    • assessing project requirements
    • agreeing and negotiating project budgets, timescales and specifications with clients and managers
    • developing and implementing test procedures
    • building prototypes of components to carry out tests on
    • organizing and carrying out tests, eg to check whether engines will work in different conditions, such as high temperatures
    • interpreting and analyzing results and data
    • sourcing vehicle components and selecting the best materials to use
    • providing technical advice and answering queries from clients
    • using specialist computer modelling software to produce designs
    • making improvements to vehicles in response to customer feedback
    • investigating and solving problems, eg mechanical failures
    • working closely with suppliers
    • writing reports and documentation
    • giving presentations
    • undertaking relevant research
    • supervising junior staff.



    You usually need to have a minimum of a diploma or a degree to become an automotive engineer and relevant subjects include:

    • automotive engineering;
    • electrical/electronic engineering;
    • mechanical engineering;
    • production and manufacturing engineering.



    • an interest in motor vehicle engineering and design;
    • a high level of numeracy and technical competency, with an understanding of the applications used within design and production;
    • the ability to analyze and interpret data to help with problem-solving;
    • effective communication and presentation skills, both with colleagues and clients;
    • the ability to work effectively in teams but also independently, and to take responsibility;
    • good time management and organizational skills to make sure design projects and production run to schedule;
    • the ability to work within cost constraints;
    • a commitment to keep up to date with design and engineering technology;
    • commercial and industry awareness.