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Automotive engineer

Automotive engineers design, develop, test and build cars and motorbikes.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £45,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 a week

  • maths knowledge
  • knowledge of engineering science and technology
  • design skills and knowledge
  • knowledge of physics
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

You might work on:

  • body, chassis and engine systems
  • electrical and electronic instrumentation and control systems
  • thermodynamics, aerodynamics and fluid mechanics
  • fuel technology and emissions

You could work in:

  • design – turning ideas into blueprints for development and testing, taking into account safety, cost-effectiveness, environmental impact and look
  • development – building and testing prototypes using computer simulations and physical models to assess components' strengths, weaknesses, performance and safety
  • production – planning the production run, including redesigning machine tools, equipment and processes to make new parts, monitoring costs and production schedules, and overseeing quality control

You could work in an office, at a research facility or at a manufacturing plant.

With experience, you could progress to senior engineer roles, project team management, general management or consultancy.

You can find out more about careers in the automotive industry through Autocity and Your Future in Automotive.

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