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Automotive Product Design Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for creating or improving motor vehicle bodies, parts or accessories. Responsible for the aesthetics of the product but also designing how it will work, defining the problem and solving it. May be responsible for producing low-fidelity mock ups, prototypes for validation through user testing and crafting the final product accordingly.

Job Outlook

There were 5 Automotive Product Design Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 287 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Industrial Designer industry, which includes the Automotive Product Design Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Automotive Product Design 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 $89,249.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $91,541.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Automotive Product Design Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $80,807.

Education and Experience

Posted Automotive Product Design 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 Degree1%
Bachelor's Degree72%
Master's Degree27%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Automotive Product Design 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 years29%
3 to 5 years58%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years5%

Skills

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

  • Teamwork / Collaboration (37%)
  • Communication Skills (30%)
  • Problem Solving (22%)
  • Microsoft Office (19%)
  • Creativity (16%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Product Design (32%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (31%)
  • Product Development (28%)
  • CATIA (16%)
  • Siemens Teamcenter (11%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Project Management (13%)
  • Systems Engineering (12%)
  • Automotive Industry Knowledge (10%)
  • Process Design (10%)
  • Software Engineering (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • CANalyzer (7%)
  • Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) (7%)
  • Vehicle Systems (6%)
  • Component Design (6%)
  • Electric Vehicle (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.

  • Dspace (2%) – marginal value $3,706
  • Fuel Efficiency (2%) – marginal value $3,559
  • SysML (1%) – marginal value $2,935
  • Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) (4%) – marginal value $2,279
  • Unigraphics (2%) – marginal value $1,715

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Product Engineer Powertrain
  • Automotive Manufacturing Product Design Engineer
  • Powertrain Product Engineer
  • Product Engineer Chassis
  • Product Engineer General

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 Product Design Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Ford Motor Company (16)
  • General Motors (11)
  • Cummins Incorporated (8)
  • Northrop Grumman (7)
  • G Tech Services, Inc (7)

North Carolina

  • Cummins Incorporated (1)
  • Cynet Systems (1)
  • It Scient (1)
  • Stefanini Group (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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