What do Automotive Engineers do?
FISITA and Your Future In Automotive filmed a series of interviews with a wide range of automotive engineers, take a look at what they had to say about working in the industry!
Automotive engineers work on the development of ground-based vehicles including passenger cars, commercial vehicles and off-highway vehicles.
Their activities largely fall into either:
- design (new products or revising existing ones)
- research and development (finding solutions to engineering problems)
- production (planning and designing new production processes)
Their work demands a balance of engineering and commercial skills, as their technical solutions must be efficient, economical and contribute to the profitability of their employer. Tasks typically involve:
- developing new test procedures, using both conventional and innovative methods;
- devising and organising tests, which will answer questions from clients, consumers and other engineers involved in vehicle development;
- anticipating vehicle or component behaviour in different conditions with computer modelling software;
- analysing and interpreting technical data into reports or presentations and answering any queries about the results;
- building an individual specialism within a larger team and working independently;
- contributing to regular team meetings to update colleagues on progress, problems and new developments;
- managing all details of projects, including projected costs;
- recognising the benefits of engineering developments to related departments in order to market projects and secure internal funding;
- negotiating costs of development and engineering work with commercial departments;
- monitoring any related systems or engineering issues associated with the component and final product;
- ensuring any parts can be sourced when large-scale vehicle assembly commences;
- supervising technical staff, engineers or designers (dependent on specific role);
- operating in cross-functional or internationally based teams to design experiments in order to test the validity and competence of new technology.