The Office of Career Services
Library Building, Room 429 & 430
222-05 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
Phone: (718) 631-6297
|Overview:||Automotive engineers propose and develop new designs for components of automobile motors, frames, transmissions, steering, controls, and other auto features. They conduct experiments to compare the performance of existing designs with new designs. They use computers to aid their design.|
|Duties:||They use new technology to design automobile features such as steering, brakes, acceleration, headlamps, etc. that are user-friendly and reduce costs.
Build prototypes of newly designed auto components to laboratory test their performance and estimate the costs of producing them.
Confer with market research analysts to identify consumer preferences regarding auto design features. They try to adopt their preferences and needs in new designs.
Build test version of new models for test driving by experts who evaluate automobile performance, comfort, handling, style and safety.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Engineering Science
|Job Outlook:||Employment of automotive engineers is expected to decline through 2018. Although more cars and trucks will be produced, increased use of robotics and other technological advances will allow them to be made with fewer workers.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$50,000 to $55,000|
|Education Level:||Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.|
|Additional Training/Education:||A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering is the usual basic educational requirement for an entry position in this occupation. Courses in research and design of internal combustion engines, instruments and control systems, and computer-aided design are essential. An increasing emphasis is being placed on quality and reliability engineering.|
|Advancement Info:||Beginning engineering graduates usually work under the supervision of experienced engineers and, in large companies, also may receive formal classroom or seminar-type training. As new engineers gain knowledge and experience, they are assigned more difficult projects with greater independence to develop designs, solve problems, and make decisions. Engineers may advance to become technical specialists or to supervise a staff or team of engineers and technicians. Some may eventually become engineering managers or enter other managerial or sales jobs.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.