What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Creates and improves mechanisms for automotive components.
There were 44 Automotive Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1369 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Mechanical Engineer industry, which includes the Automotive Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Automotive Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $87,777.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,355.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Automotive Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $78,091.
Education and Experience
Posted Automotive Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Automotive Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||20%|
|3 to 5 years||59%|
|6 to 8 years||10%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Automotive Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (36%)
- Problem Solving (28%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (28%)
- Microsoft Office (20%)
- Planning (16%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Mechanical Engineering (57%)
- Automotive Industry Knowledge (32%)
- Product Development (20%)
- CATIA (19%)
- Catia V5 (11%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Project Management (18%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (18%)
- Quality Management (16%)
- MATLAB (11%)
- Manufacturing Processes (11%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Mathworks Simulink (7%)
- Product Design (6%)
- Automotive Engineering (5%)
- Automotive Design (5%)
- PTC Creo (5%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Mathworks Simulink (7%) – marginal value $2,003
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Automotive Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Mechanical Engineer
- Quality Engineer - Automotive
- Senior Mechanical Engineer
- Quality Engineer - Automotive Manufacturing
- Powertrain Mechanical Engineer
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Automotive Product Design Engineer
- Mechanical Testing Engineer
- Mechanical Design Engineer
- Mechanical Project Engineer
- Product Design Engineer
- Vehicle Validation Engineer
- Machine Tool Engineer
- Mechatronics Engineer
- Reliability Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Automotive Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Lucid Motors Inc (103)
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology (42)
- Toyota Motors (26)
- Volvo (24)
- General Motors (22)
- Volvo (16)
- Stefanini (4)
- Segula Technologies Usa, Inc (4)
- Bank of America (3)
- Segula Technologies (1)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!