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.

About the Job

Indiana Average Salary $75,960.00
Average Time to Fill 49 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 6,627
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 14.36 %

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Skills Profile

Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Technology and Tool Usage
Resource Allocation
Written Communication
Work Ethic
Oral Communication

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Thinking Creatively

Design electronic or computer equipment, systems, or instrumentation
Develop energy projects to reduce utility costs
Develop alternative energy sources or systems
Design mechanical or production-related tools, fixtures, or devices
Design control systems for mechanical or other equipment
Design electro-mechanical equipment or systems
Design control systems
Design alternative energy systems
Design materials for industrial or commercial applications
Design power sources or equipment
Develop engineering policies, procedures, or standards
Determine methods of how engineering operations are carried out
Determine operational criteria or specifications
Develop safety procedures and regulations
Create physical models or prototypes
Create models of engineering designs or methods
Develop simple operational data repositories or databases
Improve test devices or techniques in manufacturing, industrial or engineering setting
Design construction projects
Develop engineering technical methods or processes
Write business project or bid proposals
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test mechanical products or equipment
Operate vehicle engine electrical systems test equipment
Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment
Conduct validation tests of equipment or processes
Test piping systems or equipment for leaks under pressure
Conduct performance testing
Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
Test engineering project equipment
Ensure equipment is operating to prescribed standards
Evaluate equipment for compliance with standards
Inspect engineering equipment or systems
Evaluate characteristics of equipment or systems
Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, hazard, or fire code compliance
Compute product or materials test results
Perform quality assurance testing
Perform inspection of tools or equipment prior to use

Analyzing Data or Information

Analyze design or requirements information for mechanical equipment or systems
Evaluate technical data to determine effect on designs or plans
Analyze green technology design requirements
Evaluate product design
Analyze engineering data
Evaluate designs or specifications to ensure quality
Analyze engineering design problems
Perform engineering research
Analyze test or validation data
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Conduct quantitative failure analyses of operational data
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products
Perform cost benefit analysis
Determine regulatory limitations on project
Determine energy consumption of systems, structures, appliances, or devices

Getting Information

Review engineering codes and specifications
Research engineering designs or applications
Interpret architectural or engineering information from blueprints or schematics
Read computer or software documentation to solve technical problems
Review engineering data or reports
Research energy production, use, or conservation
Research green technology designs or applications
Collect engineering data
Research industrial processes or operations
Evaluate plans or specifications to determine technological or environmental implications
Investigate environmental impact of projects and activities
Obtain technical support instructions from scientists or engineers
Investigate system, equipment, or product failures
Obtain approval for project plans

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Estimate operational costs
Estimate engineering project costs
Convert design specifications to cost estimates
Bid work projects
Prepare cost estimates
Estimate time or monetary resources needed to complete projects
Determine work priorities and requirements
Estimate engineering project material requirements
Estimate project material requirements
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Estimate project labor requirements
Determine pump curves, size, and placement
Perform engineering related measurements

Making Decisions and Solving Problems

Diagnose mechanical problems in machinery or equipment
Solve machining tool problems
Modify work procedures, processes, or plans to meet situational needs
Diagnose engine problems using diagnostic equipment
Diagnose electrical or electronic systems or equipment
Solve engineering problems
Determine project methods and procedures
Establish project teams
Implement design or process improvements
Follow safety procedures and regulations in architectual or engineering environments
Edit documents for completeness, accuracy, or conformance to standards

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Manage quality control activities
Manage project teams
Direct equipment maintenance or repair activities
Manage industrial production activities or processes
Oversee testing or construction of prototype
Supervise production or support personnel
Lead engineering teams
Supervise engineering personnel
Coordinate production maintenance activities
Coordinate safety or regulatory compliance activities or drills
Delegate authority for engineering activities

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Booster Skills & Certifications

Job Seekers possessing booster skills & certifications, such as those listed below, added to core skills are more marketable, harder to find and expensive to hire.

Hard to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be hard to fill. These skills and certifications make a job seeker more in demand because the skills are not widely available.

Expensive to Fill: Employers find positions requiring these skills to be expensive to fill. Job seekers with these skills and certifications are likely to earn more money.

Skill or Certification Certi - fication Hard to Fill Expensive to Fill
Product Design
Electrical Engineering
System Design
Six Sigma
Cost Estimation
Cost Control

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