Automotive Engineer

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Automotive engineers design, develop and manufacture all types of ground-based vehicles: cars (including racing cars), coaches, buses and trucks. They usually focus on design, production or research and development.

The Work

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for automotive engineers at graduate entry can be around £25,000 to £30,000 a year. With experience this can rise to £50,000 or more a year.


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Getting In

Automotive Engineers work for vehicle manufacturers, but also for haulage operators, passenger transport companies and in the Armed Forces. Most work on the design or production of cars. Others work for the manufacturers of commercial vehicles and buses, specialist sports and racing cars or rail vehicles.

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:


Getting On

More Information

The Engineering Council sets and maintains the standards of the engineering profession in the UK. It does so through 35 professional engineering institutions which are Licensed Members of the Engineering Council.

The Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance (SEMTA) is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Tel: 020 3206 0400
Twitter: @_EngineeringUK

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Tel: 020 7222 7899
Twitter: @IMechE

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @SemtaSkills

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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