Automotive Engineering: Courses, Eligibility and Benefits

Automotive Industry is a gigantic sector and nowadays, it is one of the indispensable parts of the industry as it plays an important role in the commutation. With the advent of technology, almost every day, a new automotive product is introduced in the market and therefore, those who study Automotive/Automobile engineering have to keep themselves updated with the current norms of the industry.

Automotive engineering is one of the most sophisticated courses in engineering which involves design, manufacturing, modification and maintenance of an automobile such as buses, cars, trucks and other transportation vehicles.

Who Can Join Automobile Engineering?

The first and foremost requirement to become an Automobile Engineer is “passion and interest” in cars and other automotive products. To pursue this course, one should have basic understanding of subjects such as Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Therefore, students who have studied PCM with English as a compulsory subject are eligible to pursue this course.
The students should also have an aptitude for resolving mechanical problems. Creativity and innovative solutions in drawing, designing and repairs are few essential skill-sets for this course.

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Automobile Engineering: Courses & Curriculum

To make a career in the Automobile industry, an aspirant should pursue a UG course in Automobile Engineering. Later this, a PG course in Automobile Engineering can be taken up to enhance career prospects.

A wide range of subjects are taught in Automobile engineering which include mobility design and aesthetics, Automotive materials, Automotive electrical and electronics, computer-aided vehicle design, vehicle maintenance, electric mobility, Thermodynamics, Engineering mechanics, Manufacturing Technology, Fuels and Lubricants, Strength of Materials IC Engines and Gas Turbine, Automotive Chassis, Two Wheeler Technology Lab, Vehicle Dynamics, Automotive Components Design, Off-road Vehicles, Auto Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Vehicle Maintenance, Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, Automotive pollution and control, Vehicle Body Engineering and Emerging Automotive Technologies Mechanics of Machines, and Automotive Electrical Systems among others.

Eligibility to Take Admission in Automobile Engineering

Automobile Engineering is a degree course of four year duration. Students who are planning to pursue this course should have a science background (PCM) and should have passed their 10+2 or any equivalent exam from CBSE or a recognised board and must have studied Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics as main subjects. To be eligible for admission, the student should have scored a minimum of 50% marks in their board exams. The students with a diploma in the mechanical or related streams can also take admission directly in second year in B.Tech Automobile Engineering (lateral entry).

Where Automobile Engineers Work?

Following Automobile manufacturing industries provide ample job opportunities to Automobile engineering graduates:

  • Service stations of automobile companies
  • R&D
  • Production plants
  • Motor vehicle departments of control
  • Insurance company experts
  • Transport companies
  • State transport corporations

As students are taught design software during their graduation years, they also have opportunities in the designing sector.
A skilled automobile engineer can have a successful career in the Automobile industry in western countries as well like the United States of America, Germany, United Kingdom etc. They also have tremendous job opportunities in oriental countries as well such as the Republic of Korea and Japan, which are the giant players in automotive industries.

Job Roles of an Automobile Engineer

  • Automobile Engineer
  • Automobile Designer
  • Vehicle/Car Designer
  • Executive & Managerial Positions
  • Automotive Design Engineer
  • Automotive Engineering Technician

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Top Recruiting Companies for Automobile Engineers

  • Larsen & Tourbo
  • Ashok Leyland
  • Toyoto
  • Yamaha
  • Hyundai
  • Volkswagen
  • Renault
  • Audi
  • TELCO
  • Bajaj Auto
  • Maruti Suzuki
  • Mahindra & Mahindra

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the starting salary for automobile engineers?

Automobile Engineering is a branch of engineering which witnesses transitions after every ten years. With plenty of job opportunities available in diverse profiles, an automobile engineer gets the best salary in the industry as it involves mechanical, electrical and safety engineering. Starting at INR 20,000 to INR 25,000, an experienced automotive engineer can get up to 1 lakh per month.

How much percentage is required for automotive engineering?

Minimum 50% marks in aggregate in Grade XII to get admission in B.Tech in Automobile Engineering. Merit list in colleges is prepared on the basis of score in MRNAT / SAT / JEE / UniGauge-E.

Can I do automotive engineering after 10th?

Yes, you can enroll for a Diploma in Automobile/Automotive Engineering. After completing your diploma, you can enroll for B.Tech in Automobile Engineering. 

Where can I get a job after B.Tech Automobile?

There are top companies in India and Abroad that hire Automobile Engineers: 

  • TATA Motors
  • Mahindra and Mahindra
  • Toyota
  • Honda
  • Ford
  • Eicher Motors
  • Escorts
  • Bajaj Auto Limited
  • Maruti Udyog Limited
  • Hero Motors
  • Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI)
  • BMW
  • Audi
  • Renault
  • Ford
  • Volkswagen

What is the Difference  between  Automobile and Automotive Engineering?

There is not much difference between Automobile and Automotive Engineering. Automobile is related to all the passenger vehicles and automotive is everything related to automobiles.