How do I get a job at a reputable car company after completing automotive engineering?

Updated on : January 17, 2022 by Jabari Abbott



How do I get a job at a reputable car company after completing automotive engineering?

The first and foremost question is where did you get your automotive engineering from.

Second, what are you leaning towards in terms of production, design, testing, etc.?

Most of the plants in India are assembly plants, not OEMs.

Therefore, big names like Audi, BMW generally don't recruit.

Moving on to MSIL, Hyundai, TATA, these are likely to go to premium institutions like IMI, Bimtech, IMT, SIBM, etc. for marketing and operations or NIT for central engineering.

Also, if you have known contacts in these companies, it is very beneficial for you as they have an ERP, that is, an employee referral program.

Try your luck.

With the lack of detail aside from the fact that you only want to be a design engineer in the automotive industry, I can only assume that you are still in high school.

I have done a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and have been professionally dealing with automotive businesses for a short period of time. Although my strength is Industrial Design, I have also done design for engineering aspects and have also interacted with car designers. I think I can answer this to some extent, but I recommend doing more research as my answer will be inadequate. Without any more preambles -

The term 'd

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With the lack of detail aside from the fact that you only want to be a design engineer in the automotive industry, I can only assume that you are still in high school.

I have done a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and have been professionally dealing with automotive businesses for a short period of time. Although my strength is Industrial Design, I have also done design for engineering aspects and have also interacted with car designers. I think I can answer this to some extent, but I recommend doing more research as my answer will be inadequate. Without any more preambles -

The term 'design engineer' can encompass many product verticals in an automotive industry than, say, a single car. In essence, a design engineer must be able to design the simplest component, such as the door hinge, to the most complex component, such as the motor itself, although each requires experience to do so.

The fundamental knowledge that a design engineer should possess are mathematics, physics and the basic concepts of chemistry. These subjects at the +2 schooling level will do. Apart from these, additional knowledge is required based on mechanical engineering topics such as kinematics of machine elements, design of machine elements. Now a design engineer will not be able to design certain car components on the fly without working with other engineers - for example, designing a radiator will require a synergy of work with a computational fluid dynamics engineer. A design engineer with knowledge of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, compounds, etc., will always have an added advantage.

The tools that are required to help a design engineer to 'design', in today's age, are computer-aided design software. Therefore, to contribute effectively to a design project, the design engineer must possess skills in the use of tools such as Catia, UniGraphics NX, SolidWorks. Most of the time, a university's engineering curricula will contain a CAD subject to teach students. Regardless, the mentioned tools can also be learned in off-campus courses, on the Internet, etc., although self-study is appreciable in learning these tools, I recommend that you learn under the guidance of a professional design engineer as the approach taken . In the automotive industry or in a professional environment it demands the correct sense of particular components in a design software and the correct stage to use them during a project. Learning is simple,

Also, to really apply the knowledge and skills you have learned, it is imperative that you work as a team as early as possible during your education. For example, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) runs a design challenge called Formula-SAE where teams from around the world can participate in building a race-oriented car. These teams are typically made up of engineering students, where they learn a large part of the realities of building a car and the essence of team effort while testing what they have learned in the classroom. I encourage you to become a member of such societies and forums where you can work together on a demographic of engineers and students.

Finally, when looking for a design engineer job, I urge you to understand your region's demographics regarding design engineers and the various ways one can grow on your career chart. In India, beginners with design engineering skills and knowledge are not immediately assigned a design role in, for example, an established brand like Mercedes-Benz R&D. A newcomer has to work their way to such brands, starting their career in generally unrecognized brands that outsource design work to other auto companies and pivot toward better companies in supply chain ladder pickup expertise. While that path is the usual route that almost all design engineers take,

That sums up a bit of knowledge that I am aware of, to become a design engineer. I wish you the best. Thanks for the A2A.

First, apply for jobs through web portals (either the company site or job portals). Be on the lookout for walk-ins. Initially, many companies offer internships; be open to that too.

Regarding interviews, first of all, be very honest. Guys are generally experts in their fields and have a lot of practical knowledge. Therefore, it is difficult to get away with lies, even without realizing it. So say you don't know, that's a hundred times better than talking on the air.

Mainly, you are expected to know the basic theory: machine design, thermodynamics, power of fluids, machine theory. Any textbo

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First, apply for jobs through web portals (either the company site or job portals). Be on the lookout for walk-ins. Initially, many companies offer internships; be open to that too.

Regarding interviews, first of all, be very honest. Guys are generally experts in their fields and have a lot of practical knowledge. Therefore, it is difficult to get away with lies, even without realizing it. So say you don't know, that's a hundred times better than talking on the air.

Mainly, you are expected to know the basic theory: machine design, thermodynamics, fluid power, machine theory. Any textbook that you have referenced during your study plan is good enough. You don't have to be too expert on tools - training is provided on the job. Many larger companies heavily customize their business software packages. So knowledge of the tools alone won't get you anywhere, but basic knowledge will.

Most of the questions are not like the ones in the exams, they are more on the application side. Using your term project or other mini-projects, express how you used the knowledge you gained from the courses. The project does not necessarily have to be automotive. Be specific, emphasize "why" and "how" rather than "what." Interviews are usually too short to understand "what" correctly. Also, the "why" and the "how" show your approach and train of thought.

Show your willingness to learn. Everyone wants to work in specialized fields, but very few can start there. Whereas, recruiters appreciate flexibility more today. That doesn't mean you don't talk about your interests and dreams, you definitely should. But show a willingness to work your way toward her interests rather than being selective from the start. There are tons of things you learn in any role that you would never imagine would be relevant to your dream job. There is also a good chance that you will be disappointed in the role you are looking for in the long term. The best way to hone your dream is to observe and learn on the job.

All the best!

Before you do anything, think about and ask yourself why you want to work at an auto company. Finding an answer to this question is very important because an automobile manufacturing company has a surprisingly large number of areas in which one can work. And certain areas are difficult to change, which means that if you land in that department or role, you may find it difficult to change if you don't like your job and want an outlet.

For clarity, let's look at the roles of a car company in the following groups:

The workshop where the main action occurs. You have the opportunity to do the car, you are in

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Before you do anything, think about and ask yourself why you want to work at an auto company. Finding an answer to this question is very important because an automobile manufacturing company has a surprisingly large number of areas in which one can work. And certain areas are difficult to change, which means that if you land in that department or role, you may find it difficult to change if you don't like your job and want an outlet.

For clarity, let's look at the roles of a car company in the following groups:

The workshop where the main action occurs. You get to make the car, you are involved in actual production and maintenance, sometimes you even get your hands dirty. There are 5-6 shop floors in any factory: engine and gearbox, press, welding, painting, TCF (where final assembly occurs). When you work in a workshop, you are expected to become an expert in it and can spend the rest of your career in that workshop alone.

Strategy, R&D and quality: As the name implies, you plan the next product, evaluate and finalize designs, present product improvements, etc. Most R&D in India is more reverse engineering than research. Often times, Indian company designs are outsourced to European companies, which means that if you are in India, you can only make minor modifications. If the company you want to work for is more dedicated to reverse engineering and design outsourcing than in-house research and innovation, you might be very disappointed if you aspire to an innovation-oriented career.

Production Support Services - These departments support core production. Some examples are: supply chain or strategic sourcing, purchasing, stores, marketing and sales, quality, six sigma or kanban equipment, MIS / SAP / ERP, etc. These roles have more to do with management than engineering. By the way, all these departments are essential for a car company.

Administrative functions: These would be your usual Finance, HR and Training departments.

Therefore, you need to know what attracts you to a car company. Because if you end up in the wrong place within the company, you will be disappointed.

Now for the next step. If it's core production you're interested in, the best way to get in is through campus locations. Otherwise, you have to apply off campus, which can be a bit difficult because most Indian companies hire Graduate Engg. Campus fellows, in bulk, and put them in different workshops for production jobs. Previous experience in shop production would help for off-campus applications. For this prior experience, you could work in the production of OEM parts for automotive companies.

For R&D and design, an M. Tech. Is important.

For production services and support, off-campus or side entrances are easier because many companies hire management graduates for those roles. Therefore, an MBA or PGDM course in operations or marketing (for Sales and Marketing) would be helpful.

Automotive companies are hierarchical and traditional organizations. This means that they mainly prefer local employees for higher positions or hire people who perform similar functions in competing companies. Which means if you're interested in production, there are only 2 ways to get in: get hired fresh off campus and fix yourself from scratch, or get some work experience working at OEMs and then joining the auto industry.

Also note that the pay is quite low and some companies expect newcomers to sign a bond. Which means you have to join a car company. only if you are very interested. The work becomes difficult and exhausting (night shifts, overtime in production, etc.) and the pay is lower compared to other profiles. But the learnings are immense.

I don't know what I should do to get an entry, but I can tell you that a guy I know well, he's from the same university as me, tried and still failed to get into the R&D of foreign auto giants. centers in India. DON'T feel bad, but I will tell you from experience what these companies expect in India.

Are you requesting an R&D profile? You may have guessed that they require research experience in relevant fields. I'll take a look at the conversation with an HR from a MAJOR European company in India.

Him: I have research experience at university for 2 years in a field that is very relevant to the

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I don't know what I should do to get an entry, but I can tell you that a guy I know well, he's from the same university as me, tried and still failed to get into the R&D of foreign auto giants. centers in India. DON'T feel bad, but I will tell you from experience what these companies expect in India.

Are you requesting an R&D profile? You may have guessed that they require research experience in relevant fields. I'll take a look at the conversation with an HR from a MAJOR European company in India.

Him: I have research experience at university for 2 years in a field that is very relevant to the job profile. I did decent projects in college. I did 2 summer internships. I have a job on my hands, but can you at least offer me an internship if not a job interview?

HR: No. We only accept interns if they have not graduated and jobs are offered only to students from select universities. I'll get in touch with my engineers and get back to you.

Unsurprisingly, he did not call or respond to further follow-up by mail.

Referring to what Sameer Sharma said: "Although the name of the university brand matters, but it is not of the utmost importance," you might think that your university brand did not matter, but it did.

If you ask him about his profile, I worked on turbulence modeling at IIT. Articles published in minutes of international congresses. It was selected as the best B Tech thesis in Mechanical Engineering at IIT. Presented a poster at a national conference. Intern at BARC and DRDL. I was assigned to the largest Indian auto company on campus.

Now, what did the human resources department expect for the hiring? An MTech degree from NIT or IIT. Or BTech at BITS, Manipal, VIT and other private institutions. My friend didn't have any and therefore couldn't just get in.

To summarize, in India they will ask for specific titles for R&D.

Automotive engineers are in demand both in India and abroad. Being a huge industry, there are great employment opportunities in National and Multinational Private Automobile Companies, Service Stations, Private Transportation Companies, Defense Services and Self-employment through the creation of Automobile Workshops or Maintenance Workshops.

An engineer graduated from a major OEM (original equipment manufacturer, i.e. car manufacturer) receives a stipend of Rs. 28,000 to Rs. 30,000 a month during training. This can go up to Rs. 40,000 until confirmed. A line leader / assistant manager can earn anything with Rs. 40,000 to Rs

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Automotive engineers are in demand both in India and abroad. Being a huge industry, there are great employment opportunities in National and Multinational Private Automobile Companies, Service Stations, Private Transportation Companies, Defense Services and Self-employment through the creation of Automobile Workshops or Maintenance Workshops.

An engineer graduated from a major OEM (original equipment manufacturer, i.e. car manufacturer) receives a stipend of Rs. 28,000 to Rs. 30,000 a month during training. This can go up to Rs. 40,000 until confirmed. A line leader / assistant manager can earn anything with Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 80,000 a month, depending on your experience in the industry.

According to PayScale India, a car engineer can earn between Rs. 250,000 and Rs. 600,000 per year, including bonuses and average commissions received on the job. The highest salaries were paid by vehicle manufacturers, while product development engineering firms paid much less to the automobile engineers they hired. A division head with 18 years of experience can do anything for Rs. 25 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh per year.

Job roles

The industry offers many challenging and interesting roles for qualified professionals. Some of the common job roles include:

  • Design, development and manufacture of vehicles
  • Creation of plans for vehicles and their components.
  • Maintenance and service engineers in automotive workshops, aeronautical industries, aviation, marine vessels and diesel power plants.

Main companies: that offer job opportunities for these professionals are Maruti Suzuki, Ashok Leyland, Honda, TATA, Yamaha, Mahindra, Bajaj, Hyundai, Hero Moto Corp, Heldex India, TELCO, Toyota, etc. Some of the foreign companies that offer job opportunities for these professionals are Audi, Renault, Volkswagen, etc.

Additional Studies: Candidates who wish to study further and acquire knowledge and skills in Automotive Engineering can pursue higher studies such as Master's in Automotive Engineering. There are many opportunities available to these graduates after completing this course.

Good Universities: IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Roorkee, BITS, VIT, Lovely Professional University Punjab, Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology Chennai, Madras Institute of Technology Chennai, PSG College of Technology Coimbato, SCMS School of Engineering and Technology (SSET), Cochin, Veermata Jijabai Institute of Technology (VJTI), Mumbai

If you can. However, the starting salary will not be as attractive.

There are two options for this.

  1. OEM: Apply directly through their website.
  2. Tier-1: There are many jobs available on job portals, however the automotive industry prefers candidates with some auto experience or any type of experience.

Practice with well-established companies is usually to hire freshmen through on-campus placements.

Since the industry is very conservative, references work very strongly.

I work in one of the prestigious Tier-1 companies in Chennai and I joined here by reference.

However, if you are very particular and want to enter without any

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If you can. However, the starting salary will not be as attractive.

There are two options for this.

  1. OEM: Apply directly through their website.
  2. Tier-1: There are many jobs available on job portals, however the automotive industry prefers candidates with some auto experience or any type of experience.

Practice with well-established companies is usually to hire freshmen through on-campus placements.

Since the industry is very conservative, references work very strongly.

I work in one of the prestigious Tier-1 companies in Chennai and I joined here by reference.

However, if you are very particular and want to enter without any reference, then you need to have experience in the field. If you have experience, by then you will have established a good network in the industry that will allow you to get a pretty good job.

If you are inexperienced: It is very difficult as I have tried to recommend many newbies on my network and it has not worked well so far. Talk about conservative companies. Yes, I am in one :-)

For starters, I am an experienced Automotive Embedded Systems Engineer with over 5 years of experience in my domain at a reputable company. I am looking for challenging opportunities with new technology revolutionizing technology in Europe, Japan and the US I request and write to at least 30 companies before I receive a single rejection email. Two companies not responding to your email does not mean that you are not a suitable candidate.

Since it is cooler, its spectrum of opportunities is much broader than just Maruti, Fiat, etc. Unless you have a certain domain on your mind. There are several online

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For starters, I am an experienced Automotive Embedded Systems Engineer with over 5 years of experience in my domain at a reputable company. I am looking for challenging opportunities with new technology revolutionizing technology in Europe, Japan and the US I request and write to at least 30 companies before I receive a single rejection email. Two companies not responding to your email does not mean that you are not a suitable candidate.

Since it is cooler, its spectrum of opportunities is much broader than just Maruti, Fiat, etc. Unless you have a certain domain on your mind. There are several online / paper assessments you can take that act as a platform for you to be called / requested. Some of those examples

  1. CoCubes: companies like Bosch, Mahindra consider this score
  2. ELitmus - Mahindra, etc.
  3. Vector Academy: Delphi, Bosch, etc.


I hope this helps

  1. Define area: in which area you want to start your own business.
  2. Research: collect the industry data, in which area you can see the DEMAND.
  3. Identify Problems - You are doing engineering in the automotive field so that you know what is the main problem facing the automotive industry.
  4. Generate solutions to those problems and identify the opportunity.
  5. Prepare a business plan that includes Technical Plan, Marketing Plan and Financial Plan, after preparing this go to the bank, show them your Financial Plan that is how my business will generate income and in a few you we will reach our Balance Point
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  1. Define area: in which area you want to start your own business.
  2. Research: collect the industry data, in which area you can see the DEMAND.
  3. Identify Problems - You are doing engineering in the automotive field so that you know what is the main problem facing the automotive industry.
  4. Generate solutions to those problems and identify the opportunity.
  5. Prepare a business plan that includes Technical Plan, Marketing Plan and Financial Plan, after preparing this go to the bank, show them your Financial Plan that is how my business will generate income and in a few of you we will reach our Balance Point (BEP), get funds and START YOUR BUSINESS.

Don't just look for a good salary.

I would suggest following the approach for a beginner.

  1. Before looking for a job, it will be good if you have a plan or idea of ​​the skills you would like to acquire with each day that you spend at work for a year or so.
  2. They are the skills you choose to acquire that match the demands of the market, your interest and ability.
  3. It will be your work, which you are trying to grasp, that will help you acquire the skills you want to acquire.
  4. "What is the next plan?" After acquiring the skills, it has to be clear to you. Have a vision (upcoming jobs will be boring)
  5. Don't work in a job where you can't learn
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Don't just look for a good salary.

I would suggest following the approach for a beginner.

  1. Before looking for a job, it will be good if you have a plan or idea of ​​the skills you would like to acquire with each day that you spend at work for a year or so.
  2. They are the skills you choose to acquire that match the demands of the market, your interest and ability.
  3. It will be your work, which you are trying to grasp, that will help you acquire the skills you want to acquire.
  4. "What is the next plan?" After acquiring the skills, it has to be clear to you. Have a vision (upcoming jobs will be boring)
  5. Don't work a job where you can't learn anything (yes, there are jobs with those positions). Do your research before you join.
  6. Working in a small company with a low salary or working in mnc with sizable packages, anything is worth it if it brings out the best in you and provides you with an environment to learn what you want (it takes smart planning).

Best of luck for all your future projects!

I place more emphasis on skills as it is a more overlooked important factor.

It is always good to choose a bike ride in the right direction over a Ferrari racing in the wrong direction.

Today the career options are not limited, if you have engineering experience you can work in any field. Your degree in automotive engineering is not limited.
You can work as a shop manager, IT companies can do it higher (Google's autonomous cars require computer and automotive engineers to understand each and every step of running the self-driving car)
. In addition to many of the companies that auto parts manufacturers need, they need engineers.
You can also join as an executive or manager of a car retailer (BMW & Audi) requiring engineers in their showrooms.

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