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Automotive Engineers

Also called: Chief Engineer, Dimensional Integration Engineer, Senior Engineering Team Leader, Technical Services Manager

What they 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Conduct or direct system-level automotive testing.
  • Conduct automotive design reviews.
  • Develop engineering specifications or cost estimates for automotive design concepts.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • physics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Gamma Technologies GT-SUITE
  • SoMat eDAQ
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software
  • Ambient Design ArtRage


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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