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KEY SKILLS

  • A passion for cars

  • Aptitude for mathematics

  • Fast learning curve

  • Good reflexes

  • Automotive engineers should have a keen interest in mechanics, cars, mathematics and electronics

  • One must be well organized and methodical in their working habits

  • Automotive engineers must be able to communicate ideas and give orders in a clear, concise fashion

  • 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

  • interpreting and analysing 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

PROS

  • Creative satisfaction

  • High financial perks

  • Career stability

  • Cutting-edge technology

  • International exposure

  • Great pay package

  • Automotive engineers can advance to supervisory and senior management positions within their companies

CONS

  • Uncomfortable working conditions

  • Irregular work hours

  • Working under the immense pressure of tight deadlines

OPPORTUNITY TYPES

GOT WHAT IT TAKES?

  • Government

  • Companies

  • Team work is necessary

  • Should have good communication skills

  • should have good mathematical skills

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Interesting Facts about the career

  • Adolf Hitler ordered Ferdinand Porsche to manufacture a Volkswagen, which literally means 'People's Car' in German. This car went on to become the Volkswagen Beetle.

  • In 1971, the cabinet of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi proposed the production of a 'People's Car' for India - the contract of which was given to Sanjay Gandhi. Before contacting Suzuki, Sanjay Gandhi held talks with Volkswagen AG for a possible joint venture, encompassing transfer of technology and joint production of the Indian version of the 'People's car', that would also mirror Volkswagen's global success with the Beetle.

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