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Automotive Engineers

Automotive Engineers

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Automotive Engineers Description

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.

Automotive Engineers Related Job Titles

Automotive Designer, Automotive Engineer, Automotive Power Electronics Engineer, Fuel-Efficient Automobile Designer, Hybrid Powertrain Development Engineer, Low-Emission Automobile Designer, Powertrain Control Systems Engineer, Vehicle Controls Engineer,


Automotive Engineers Tasks
Supplemental Tasks
  • Conduct or direct system-level automotive testing.
  • Design control systems or algorithms for purposes such as automotive energy management, emissions management, or increased operational safety or performance.
  • Design or analyze automobile systems in areas such as aerodynamics, alternate fuels, ergonomics, hybrid power, brakes, transmissions, steering, calibration, safety, or diagnostics.
  • Alter or modify designs to obtain specified functional or operational performance.
  • Build models for algorithm or control feature verification testing.
  • Calibrate vehicle systems, including control algorithms or other software systems.
  • Conduct automotive design reviews.
  • Develop calibration methodologies, test methodologies, or tools.
  • Develop engineering specifications or cost estimates for automotive design concepts.
  • Develop or integrate control feature requirements.
  • Perform failure, variation, or root cause analyses.
  • Provide technical direction to other engineers or engineering support personnel.
  • Write, review, or maintain engineering documentation.
  • Conduct research studies to develop new concepts in the field of automotive engineering.
  • Coordinate production activities with other functional units, such as procurement, maintenance, or quality control.
  • Develop or implement operating methods or procedures.
  • Establish production or quality control standards.
  • Prepare or present technical or project status reports.
  • Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, and talk with colleagues to stay abreast of new technology and competitive products.
  • Create design alternatives for vehicle components, such as camless or dual-clutch engines or alternative air-conditioning systems, to increase fuel efficiency.
  • Design vehicles for increased recyclability or use of natural, renewable, or recycled materials in vehicle construction.
  • Design vehicles that use lighter materials, such as aluminum, magnesium alloy, or plastic, to improve fuel efficiency.
  • Develop specifications for vehicles powered by alternative fuels or alternative power methods.
  • Research computerized automotive applications, such as telemetrics, intelligent transportation systems, artificial intelligence, or automatic control.
  • Research or implement green automotive technologies involving alternative fuels, electric or hybrid cars, or lighter or more fuel-efficient vehicles.

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