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Summary Report for:
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.

Sample of reported job titles: Chief Engineer; Development System Efficiency Manager; Dimensional Integration Engineer; Director of Engineering, Quality & Program Management.; Director, Product Safety; Product Engineer; Senior Engineering Team Leader; Senior Project Engineer; Technical Services Manager; Technical Specialist

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

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. 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.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

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
Milling machines — Five-axis machining centers; Three-axis vertical mills
Power grinders — Bench grinders; Disc finishing machines

Technology used in this occupation:

Analytical or scientific software — Gamma Technologies GT-SUITE; Maplesoft Maple; SoMat eDAQ; The MathWorks Simulink
Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software; Think3 ThinkDesign Engineering; Vector CANtech software
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
Object or component oriented development software — C++; Microsoft Visual C#

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: RI

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.
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.

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Work Values

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.
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.
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

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

Median wages (2013) $39.47 hourly, $82,100 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
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
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 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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