Automobile Engineers combine their technical knowledge, mechanical skills, and creative expertise and curate designs for the appearance and components of the vehicles. They are not bound by cars alone, but any form of wheeled transport.
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Career prospects & criteria
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B.Tech in Mechanical/ Automobile Engineering
B.Tech + M.Tech (Dual Degree)in Mechanical/ Automobile Engineering
What you need to get started
It's important to gain experience through a work placement, internship or a year in industry, which may be part of your degree.
Experience gained by getting involved in initiatives such as Formula Student or by volunteering.
A passion for cars
Aptitude for mathematics
Fast learning curve
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
Use of computer-aided design (CAD) to develop ideas and produce designs
Building prototypes of components and test their performance, weaknesses and safety
Investigate mechanical failures or unexpected maintenance problems
Inspect and test-drive vehicles and check for faults.
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