Profession automotive engineer

Automotive engineers design and oversee the manufacturing process and operation of motor vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, trucks, buses and their respective engineering systems. They design new vehicles or mechanical parts, supervise modifications and resolve technical problems. They make sure the designs comply with cost specifications and other constraints. They also conduct research studying environmental, energy and safety aspects.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Industrial engineering

    The field of engineering concerned with the development, improvement, and implementation of complex processes and systems of knowledge, people, equipment, etc.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Production processes

    Know the materials, production processes and other techniques required for the production and distribution of goods.

Skills

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Automotive engineering

    The discipline of engineering that combines mechanical, electrical, electronic, software and safety engineering to design motor vehicles such as trucks, vans and automobiles.

  • Execute feasibility study

    Perform the evaluation and assessment of the potential of a project, plan, proposition or new idea. Realise a standardised study which is based on extensive investigation and research to support the process of decision making.

  • Control production

    Plan, coordinate, and direct all production activities to insure the goods are made on time, in correct order, of adequate quality and composition, starting from intake goods up to shipping.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Assess financial viability

    Revise and analyse financial information and requirements of projects such as their budget appraisal, expected turnover, and risk assessment for determining the benefits and costs of the project. Assess if the agreement or project will redeem its investment, and whether the potential profit is worth the financial risk.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

  • Analyse production processes for improvement

    Analyse production processes leading toward improvement. Analyse in order to reduce production losses and overall manufacturing costs.

Optional knowledge and skills

build a product's physical model record test data apply advanced manufacturing design electromechanical systems develop test procedures draft design specifications cae software design principles use cam software conduct performance tests mechanical engineering defense system use cad software precision mechanics synthetic natural environment create a product's virtual model guidance, navigation and control electromechanics mechanics of motor vehicles electronics manage product testing design prototypes