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Friday, May 15, 2015

Automobile engineering: a high flying career

Engineering is a vast field having varied options for an aspiring engineer to choose from and make a career in it. One such option to choose is automobile engineering that is widely needed in the automobile industry. Presently, this industry is one of the fastest growing ones and offers a great chance for newcomers to get jobs and bring out something new to the industry. It is a specialized branch of mechanical engineering which intersects each other to offer better opportunity.

An engineer working in automobile industry will design as per the performance, comfort, maintenance, environmental impact and looks of the vehicle. Moreover, the engineer has to work closely with test drivers to understand the changes needed and to work on problem if any arises. Automobile industry works on innovation, and so is why automobile engineers have to think out of the box and bring something new. Many top car making companies look for young and innovative minds to manufacture cars with new feature that suits the buyer’s position and need.

Armed with good mathematics and design, the engineer must carry degree or specialized diploma in Automobile Engineering. A young engineer with innovative design and good mathematical mind can be game changer bringing fortune to the company. The role will be more of a trouble shooter.  It is more of a practical job, wherein you will be working with mechanics and designers to lead them for modification of the vehicle. Also being an engineer you need to take up the position of leading the team of designers and working practically in manufacturing the vehicle.

A Career in Automobile Engineering:

As mentioned, there is a huge scope in this engineering field. With more and more companies engaging into manufacturing of vehicles, the requirement for the same is increasing. A qualified candidate having all the required skills are hired by companies to join under different roles. Some of the job roles offered are- Automobile Engineering Techniques, Safety Engineering, Emissions Research, Performance Engineers, and Vehicle Dynamics Controllers etc.

An engineering who completed MBA or diploma in automobile engineering can start own business with opening of workshop or automobile garage. Also depending on the interest, one can even enter into marketing in any of the automobile company.  Aspirant carrying knowledge of CAD, CAM and ERP can get into the automobile designing role.

Similarly, individual having earned a degree in automobile engineering can take up different roles in the company. It is essential to complete your degree and other level of courses in automobile from a reputed college in engineering. This certainly will help in getting placed in a good automobile company.

Skills one should carry:

As in every engineering job, the aspirant has to carry some skills that allow them to provide new ideas and help in designing the vehicle. Company searching for a candidate looks for certain set of skills that can help in the coming up with new designs and in growth of the company.  Apart from being good in designing and mathematical skills, aspirant should also carry skills like:

  • Strong analytical and solving skills
  • Designing of machine, mechanical systems
  • Understanding electronically systems
  • Having knowledge of electronical system and interfacing with mechanics
  • Ability to analyze and interpret data
  • Good communication and presentation skills

Designing is the most important skill that one should carry that helps to design new age vehicles that meets the requirement for the company. There are certain roles or responsibilities the automobile engineer should carry. Some of these are mentioned below:

  • Designing and preparing a blue print of visual interpretation of automobiles for further process of developing.
  • Analyzing of data to developing new designs and various mechanical electronical components of system.
  • Development of systems and testing them. Also using of various software for physical testing.
  • Supervising the team and helping them in developing new mechanical system for automobile.
  • It also depend position offered by the company and how large the organization is.

Job Options for Automobile Engineers:

Presently, there is a huge job option for aspiring automobile engineers in India and also in abroad. There is a huge manpower requirement for this growing industry. In India, the market is expanding rapidly offering a good market job for aspirants. Right from designing to manufacturing, auto engineer has varied options to choose and apply for it.

However, it also depends on experience and even the educational qualification the aspirant carries. So based on this, engineers can take up the role and work accordingly. To add more, there are colleges in engineering offers various level of courses that help students to choose and take up the job. These courses in engineering allow students to gather practical and theoretical knowledge about the field. Moreover, engineering colleges also offer jobs after the completion of degree course. Students can select the company that offers a good package with good chance of growth in future.

Both private and public automobile company offers a good job in different roles. As mentioned above, there are various roles that can be considered to work on:

  • Designing automobile and parts
  • Automobile Engineering  Technician
  • Emission Research
  • Performance Engineer
  • Operations Research

Companies like Toyota, Volkswagen, TATA and other automobile companies look for young and innovative aspirants to work in.

An aspiring automobile engineer has to design his career according to the interest and market requirement.  As it comes under the branch of mechanical engineering, you can switch from mechanical to automobile once you are done with MBA or other similar specialized courses in engineering. Specializing in specific area helps you to be innovative and bring more ideas in solving the problems. If any problem arises in vehicle, be it in designing or internal, you can work accordingly, as you carry the knowledge of both mechanical and automotive section.
Thus, engineering gives a good scope to enter in both mechanical and technical field, as there is a requirement of both.

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