Automotive Engineers


Salary Median (2017)


Projected Job Growth (2016-2026)

+8.8% (as fast as the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's Degree


What Automotive Engineers Do

Develop new or improved designs for vehicle structural members, engines, transmissions, or other vehicle systems, using computer-assisted design technology. Direct building, modification, or testing of vehicle or components.

Other Job Titles Automotive Engineers May Have

Chief Engineer, Development System Efficiency Manager, Dimensional Integration Engineer, Director of Engineering, Quality & Program Management., Director, Product Safety, Product Engineer, Senior Engineering Team Leader, Senior Project Engineer, Technical Services Manager, Technical Specialist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Vice President, OEM & Product Development ,

SEMA Garage

My day is mainly spent sending emails, giving and receiving phone calls, guiding our staff to ensure they have all of the resources they need to do their work, and working on big-picture projects that will continue to move the ball forward.

Founder/CEO ,

World Famous 4X4

My day is spent working with customers to complete unique designs and custom off-road and 4-wheel-drive builds for City, County, State rescue operations, as well as custom builds for the television and movie industry.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, or talk with colleagues to stay abreast of new automotive technology or competitive products.
  • Establish production or quality control standards.
  • Prepare or present technical or project status reports.
  • Develop or implement operating methods or procedures.
  • Write, review, or maintain engineering documentation.

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