Helping you find a career in the automotive engineering industry
The UK automotive sector contributes over £20 billion to the economy each year.
Engineering and Design plays a critical role in the automotive sector. It involves designing new vehicles and modifying existing ones. The Automotive sector in the UK is currently going through a period of innovation due to the introduction of electric cars.
Most graduate employers within the automotive industry are large multinational companies. There are a range of independent automotive design consultancies, component manufacturers (e.g. electrical parts or tyres), laboratory testing companies and oil firms.
Automotive Engineers tend to specialise in one of three areas:
- Research & Development (R&D): working to identify properties of different materials
- Design: designing and developing prototypes for new vehicles or components
- Production: manufacturing vehicles and components
Engineers spend their time in a mixture of laboratory, office and factory sites.
Roles usually require a mixture of technical (e.g. mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, thermodynamic or pneumatic) and commercial skills, the latter including working within budgets and closely within multi-disciplinary project teams.