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Automotive Process Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Develops and engineers manufacturing processes and equipment for automobiles and auto components. Designs machinery and tools needed to build automobiles and develops processes for large scale auto production. Works to increase efficiency at auto manufacturing plants.

Job Outlook

There were 2 Automotive Process Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 191 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Chemical / Process Engineer industry, which includes the Automotive Process Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Automotive Process 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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,089.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $83,013.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Automotive Process Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $73,676.

Education and Experience

Posted Automotive Process 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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree83%
Master's Degree17%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other0%

Posted Automotive Process 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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years27%
3 to 5 years62%
6 to 8 years1%
9+ years11%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Automotive Process 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.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Problem Solving (51%)
  • Communication Skills (47%)
  • Troubleshooting (35%)
  • Microsoft Office (30%)
  • Microsoft Excel (23%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Process Engineering (88%)
  • Automotive Industry Knowledge (57%)
  • Manufacturing Processes (35%)
  • Six Sigma (28%)
  • Project Management (26%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Cost Control (19%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (19%)
  • Industrial Engineering Industry Expertise (15%)
  • Budgeting (14%)
  • Product Design (14%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • CATIA (6%)
  • DMAIC (6%)
  • Machining (6%)
  • Product Improvement (5%)
  • Metallurgy (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.

  • Tool Design (1%) – marginal value $4,068
  • New Product Development (4%) – marginal value $2,943
  • Fuel Cell (1%) – marginal value $2,264
  • Injection Molding (2%) – marginal value $1,671
  • Design of experiments (DOE) (2%) – marginal value $1,366

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Automotive Process Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Process Engineer
  • Senior Process Engineer
  • Process Engineer Sg
  • Process Engineer Not Right For We've Got Others

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Automotive Process Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Ford Motor Company (14)
  • Mitsubishi (13)
  • Tesla Motors (10)
  • Chrysler (8)
  • Paccar (8)

North Carolina

  • Dirtt Environmental Solutions (1)

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