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17-2141.02 - Automotive Engineers

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.

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Tasks  |  Tools & Technology  |  Interests  |  Work Values  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

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  • 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. Green Task Statement
  • Design or analyze automobile systems in areas such as aerodynamics, alternate fuels, ergonomics, hybrid power, brakes, transmissions, steering, calibration, safety, or diagnostics. Green Task Statement
  • 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, or talk with colleagues to stay abreast of new automotive technology or competitive products.
  • Create design alternatives for vehicle components, such as camless or dual-clutch engines or alternative air-conditioning systems, to increase fuel efficiency. Green Task Statement
  • Design vehicles for increased recyclability or use of natural, renewable, or recycled materials in vehicle construction. Green Task Statement
  • Design vehicles that use lighter materials, such as aluminum, magnesium alloy, or plastic, to improve fuel efficiency. Green Task Statement
  • Develop specifications for vehicles powered by alternative fuels or alternative power methods. Green Task Statement
  • Research computerized automotive applications, such as telemetrics, intelligent transportation systems, artificial intelligence, or automatic control. Green Task Statement
  • Research or implement green automotive technologies involving alternative fuels, electric or hybrid cars, or lighter or more fuel-efficient vehicles. Green Task Statement

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Anechoic chambers — Climate test chambers
Bandsaw wheel — Vertical bandsaws
Chemical absorption gas analyzers — Gas analyzers; Hydrogen analyzers
Drill press or radial drill — Bench drill presses; Floor drill presses
Dynamometers — Engine test dynamometers; Transmission dynamometers
Flowmeters — Laminar flow elements
Hoists — Hydraulic hoists
Hydraulic press frames — Hydraulic presses
Milling machines — Five-axis machining centers; Three-axis vertical mills
Ohmmeters — Miliohm meters
Oxygen gas analyzers — Oxygen analyzers
Power grinders — Bench grinders; Disc finishing machines
Track cranes — Overhead cranes

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Gamma Technologies GT-SUITE; Maplesoft Maple; SoMat eDAQ; The MathWorks Simulink (see all 16 examples)
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software; Think3 ThinkDesign Engineering; Vector CANtech software (see all 14 examples)
Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — CNC Mastercam
Development environment software — C; Digital Equipment Corporation DIGITAL Fortran 90; Very high speed integrated circuit VHSIC hardware description language VHDL
Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software; Ambient Design ArtRage; Corel Painter Sketch Pad; Portalgraphics openCanvas (see all 7 examples)
Industrial control software — Metrologic Group Metrolog XG
Object or component oriented development software — C++; Microsoft Visual C#

See all 41 T2 categories

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
83   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
45   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
39   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
22   Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Extent
Work Value
89   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
81   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
78   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
72   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
39   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
28   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Wages & Employment Trends

National

Median wages data collected from Mechanical Engineers.
Employment data collected from Mechanical Engineers.
Industry data collected from Mechanical Engineers.

Median wages (2012) $38.74 hourly, $80,580 annual
Employment (2012) 258,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 99,700
Top industries (2012)
Manufacturing (51% employed in this sector)

State & National

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information

Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

  • Mechanical Engineers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
  • SAE International external site, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale, PA 15096-0001. Phone: (724) 776-4841.

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