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Define/ what is Automobile Engineering - It is also known as automotive engineering or vehicle engineering, deals with the designing, manufacturing, testing, and operation of automobiles.

Details of Automobile Engineering

  • This branch deals with the designing, developing, manufacturing, testing and repairing and servicing automobiles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, scooters etc & the related sub Engineering systems.
  • Automobile Engineering uses the features of different elements of Engineering such as mechanical, electrical, electronic, software and safety engineering.
  • The major task of an Automobile Engineer is the designing, developing, manufacturing and testing of vehicles from the concept stage to the production stage. They are concerned with the safety, fuel efficiency, and comfort of their designs.
  • It also involves understanding the mechanism of vehicle chassis, internal combustion Engine, electrical systems, Motor transport affairs, workshop technology, research and design.

Streams/Branches of Automobile engineering

  • Design Engineers - Designing
  • Development Engineers - deal with connecting all systems in a completed automobile
  • Manufacturing Engineers - deal with activities like how to create and assemble the whole parts of automobiles

The specializations in Automobile engineering includes the areas like

  • Engine systems
  • Electronics and control systems
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Supply chain management etc. 

Skill requirement for automobile engineers

  • Mechanical Skills - You should understand the parts of a car-both electrical and mechanical-how they work, and how they contribute to the operation of a vehicle.
  • Artistic and Design Skill - Need to design interior and exterior design of vehicle through various three dimensional softwares
  • Creativity
  • Mathematical Skill


Career in Automobile Engineering

  • Automobile or Automotive Engineering has gained recognition and importance ever since due to the rapid growth of auto component manufacturers and automobile industries, there is a great demand for Automobile Engineers.
  • The work of automobile engineers involves planning, designing, developing, manufacturing and testing the performance and efficiency of automobiles and their component parts including the Engine chassis and transmission systems.
  • This field offers wide range of opportunities for the aspirants and it includes automobile manufacturing industries, production plants, service stations, state road transport corporations, private transport companies, insurance companies, motor vehicle departments etc.
  • With the computer knowledge in CAD (Computer Aided design), CAM (Automation), ERP, Automobile engineers can find employment in computer aided industries as Designers.
  • Self-employment is also possible in setting up automobile garages and workshops.
  • One can also join as a part-time or full-time lecturer or professor in engineering colleges/universities in India and abroad after completing MTech and PhD programs.
  • Indian engineers are of great demand in foreign countries, especially the Middle East.
  • Some of the career prospects in the field of automobile engineering are:
    • Automobile Engineering - Technician
    • Safety Engineering
    • Emissions Research
    • NVH ( Noise, Vibration and Harshness) Engineers
    • Performance Engineer
    • Vehicle Dynamics Controller
    • Operations Research
    • Designing 

Followings are some of the employers in this field:

Bajaj Auto, L&T, Mahindra and Mahindra, Gabriel, Heldex India, Ashok Leyland, Ford motors, General Motors, Hyundai, Toyota, Maruti, TELCO,Volvo, etc

On the Job

  • Conduct or direct system-level automotive testing.
  • Design control systems or algorithms for such purposes as automotive energy management, emissions management, and 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, and diagnostics.
  • Alter or modify designs to obtain specified functional and operational performance.
  • Build models for algorithms and control-feature verification testing. Calibrate vehicle systems, including control algorithms and other software systems.
  • Conduct automotive design reviews.
  • Develop calibration and test methodologies or tools.
  • Develop engineering specifications and 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, and quality control. Develop or implement operating methods and procedures.
  • Establish production or quality-control standards.
  • Prepare and present technical or project status reports.
  • Read current literature, attend meetings or conferences, and network with colleagues to stay abreast of new technology and competitive products.

Under Graduate

  • B.E. Automobile Engineering
  • B.Tech. Automobile Engineering


  • M.Tech. Automobile Engineering
  • M.Tech. Automotive Engineering and E-Manufacturing


  • Diploma in Automobile Engineering

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