Automotive engineers design, manufacture and operate vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, buses and trucks.
Who can I work for?
You can work for car and motorcycle manufacturers, automotive component suppliers, fuel and oil companies, engineering consultancies and motorsport teams.
Where and when can I work?
Working hours are typically 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Some manufacturing roles may involve shift work and positions within the motorsport industry can require weekend work at events.
What can I earn?
It depends on the area that you specialise in but typical starting salaries range from £23,000 to £30,000. With experience and in senior positions you can look to earn in excess of £60,000.
What are the benefits?
Depending on your employer, you might be entitled to discounted cars or motorcycles, parts and services or be able to join part of an employee car scheme. If you are working in the motorsport industry there is the potential for travel and entry into some of the most glamorous events in the world.
Are there chances of promotion?
In larger organisations you can look to progress into supervisory and management positions. If you choose to specialise in a particular area this will greatly enhance your opportunities for promotion and eventually you can look to move into project management, general management and consultancy.
What will I be responsible for?
It depends on what area you choose to specialise in but typical work activities include designing, developing and manufacturing automobiles and their components; developing and conducting tests; overseeing and inspecting the installation and modification of mechanical systems; and supervising technicians, technologists and other engineers.
Do I need any experience?
Most automobile engineers have a degree in one of the following subjects: mechanical engineering; automotive engineering; electrical engineering; electronic engineering; and production and manufacturing engineering. Work experience within the industry is also highly advantageous.
What attributes are needed?
You will need to have a keen interest in the motor industry and motor vehicle engineering and design. You should have excellent numeracy and technical skills and be creative good problem-solving skills.