Career outlook for automotive engineer
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would design, test and build the cars of the future to make them more reliable, fuel-efficient and stylish.
You could work on a variety of vehicles including domestic cars, racing cars, motorbikes and coaches, buses, trucks and tractors.
You'd make the vehicle more cost-effective and reduce its impact on the environment. You'd make it safer for drivers and passengers and come up with exciting new designs for the way it looks.
You might work on:
- Body, chassis and engine systems
- Electrical and electronic instruments and control systems
- Thermodynamics, aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
- Fuel technology and emissions
There are several stages to the motor manufacturing process.
If you focused on design you would do research and use computer-aided design (CAD) software to produce detailed plans for vehicles.
In the development stage you would:
- Build prototypes
- Test prototypes and models
- Use computer simulations and physical models to assess the components' performance and safety
If you worked in production you would
- Redesign machine tools, equipment and processes to make new parts
- Check the costs
- Keep track of the production schedules
- Control the quality of the products
As a senior engineer, you would manage projects, supervise technical teams, write reports and negotiate with clients.
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