Automotive Engineering as a Career Choice

By Sanjeet Nayak

Automotive Engineering is one of the most opted branches of engineering among the current generation. It dynamically deals with the diverse designing and construction features of automotive engineering.  This course focuses on the practical application of science to commerce/industry, including the basic elements of Mechanical/Electrical/Safety engineering. The main objective of Automotive Engineering is to teach students about the latest techniques and theories associated with creating, designing, research, and develop products that can make human life easier. The students are trained to make technological improvements and also develop new models of automobiles. They manage projects, build prototypes, and components. After completion of the course, candidates can conduct research activities and even supervise, and inspect the installation & adjustments of mechanical systems. Moreover, they also keep a record of changing customer needs and also work according to government emission regulations while designing and developing new products.

What the course focuses on?

  • Designing new concept-driven models
  • Reworking on old machinery to make them better
  • Making prototypes and enhancing its developments
  • Different types of Government Regulations and Policies 
  • Conducting research activities 


Course Name Automotive Engineering 

Course Level

Diploma, Graduate and Post Graduate


Diploma: 3 years

Graduate: 4 years

Post Graduate: 2 years 

Examination Type

Semester Type
Eligibility Varies with course
Admission Process Merit and Entrance based admission 

Areas of Specialization

Automotive design, Air conditioning, Quality control, Operation management, Automotive technology, Thermal & Electric vehicles, etc.
Top Recruiters Ashok Leyland, Bajaj Auto Limited, Chevrolet India, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., Hyundai Motor Company, TATA Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra, etc
Top Career Scopes Automotive Engineer, Quality Engineer, Product Development Engineer, Functional Verification Test Engineer, Mechanical Design Engineers

Top colleges:

Some of the top colleges in India offering Automotive Engineering as a course are mentioned below:






B.E/B.Tech in Automotive Engineering  4 years The minimum marks should be 50% of the aggregate mark in 10 and +2 with the science stream is mandatory. Students with 3 - year diploma holder can also apply. JEE Main, OJEE
M.E/M.Tech in Automotive Engineering  2 years

The candidate must have completed B.E or B.Tech in either field of Automotive/ Manufacturing/ Mechanical/ Mechatronics/ Production.

They should have an aggregate mark of 50% or above.



The course curriculum/syllabus for Diploma, Bachelors, and Masters is given below:

Diploma in Automotive Engineering

Semester I Semester II
Applied Mathematics I Automobile Mechanics
Applied Science Lab Automobile Workshop Practice
Auto Electrical and Electronics Automobile Workshop Tech
Auto Repair and Maintenance Automotive Engine Auxiliary Systems
Automobile Chassis and Transmission Automotive Engines
Automobile Machine Shop Automotive Estimation and Costing
Semester III Semester IV
Automotive Pollution and Control Engine and Vehicle Testing Lab
Basic Computer Skills lab English Communication
Basic Electrical and Electronics Engineering Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Power Plant
C Programming Lab ISAP Lab
CAD Practice Machine Design and Theory of M/Cs
Computer-Aided Engineering Graphics Mechanical Testing Lab
Semester V Semester VI
Modern Vehicle Technology Thermal Engineering I
Motor Vehicle Management Vehicle Maintenance
Organizational Management Vehicle Maintenance Lab
Project, Industrial Visit, and Seminar Foundry, Welding, and Sheet Metal Practice
Special Vehicle and Equipment  
Strength of Materials

B.E/B.Tech in Automotive Engineering

Semester I Semester II
Technical English - I Technical English – II
Mathematics - I Mathematics – II
Engineering Physics - I Engineering Physics – II
Engineering Chemistry - I Engineering Chemistry – II
Engineering Graphics Basic Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Fundamentals of Computing and Programming Engineering Mechanics
Semester III Semester IV
Transforms And Partial Differential Equations Statistics And Numerical Methods
Engineering Thermodynamics Applied Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
Fluid Mechanics and Machinery Engineering Materials and Metallurgy
Automotive Engines Strength of Materials
Mechanics of Machines Electronics and Microprocessors
Production Technology Automotive Chassis
Semester V Semester VI
Environmental Science and Engineering Principles of Management
Design of Machine Elements Automotive Engine Components Design
Automotive Transmission Automotive Chassis Components Design
Automotive Electrical and Electronics Two and Three Wheelers
Vehicle Design and Data Characteristics Finite Element Analysis
Automotive Fuels and Lubricants Composite Materials
Semester VII Semester VIII
Engine and Vehicle Management System Vehicle Body Engineering
Vehicle Dynamics Marketing Management
Vehicle Maintenance Automotive Safety
Automotive Pollution and Control  
Automotive Aero-dynamics

M.E/M.Tech in Automotive Engineering

Semester 1 Semester 2
Numerical Methods, Linear Algebra and Differential
Automotive Electronics
Automotive Chassis and Transmission Systems Automotive Emissions and Control
Internal Combustion Engines NVH and Refinement
Automotive Materials and Manufacturing Techniques Computational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
Vehicle Dynamics Elective I
FEA/Computational Tools Lab Elective II
Vehicle Simulation lab NVH Lab
IC Engines Laboratory Automotive Electronics Lab
Programming Using MATLAB Technical writing*
Cultural Education*
Semester 3 Semester 4
Modelling, Simulation and Analysis of Vehicle Systems
Elective III Dissertation
Dissertation Vehicle Dynamics
IC Engines Laboratory FEA/ Computational Tools Lab
Numerical Methods, Linear Algebra and Differential
Vehicle Simulation lab
Automotive Chassis and Transmission Systems Programming Using MATLAB
Internal Combustion Engines Automotive Electronics
Automotive Materials and Manufacturing Techniques Automotive Emissions and Control

Skills Required

  • Interest in motor vehicle engineering
  • Solid analytical skills and a creative approach to problem-solving
  • A thorough understanding of technical concepts and federal safety standards and laws
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to stay within a budget and meet deadlines
  • Ability in work as part of a team

Admission Process

For Diploma/B.E/B.TECH: The top colleges in India offer admission into Diploma/ in Automotive Engineering on the basis of marks secured in a particular entrance exam. However, some institutions conduct their own entrance exams and there are also some institutions that offer admission on the merit basis of merit i.e. performance/marks secured in 10th and +2.

For M.E/M.TECH: There are many colleges that offer in the Automotive Engineering course directly on the basis of academic marks secured in B.E/B.Tech. However, the top institutions have an entrance based admission process, it can be any one of the national level entrances like JEE Main, GATE, or like BITSAT that is conducted by the institution itself. In this process of admission, the aspirants who have cleared the cut-off margin are only eligible. After this, a round of counseling is conducted by the college where eventually the candidate is admitted.

Top Entrances

Some of the top entrances are mentioned below:

1. JEE Main

  • Exam Duration: 3 hours
  • Application Mode: Online 
  • Exam Mode: Online and Offline
  • Exam Frequency: Twice a year

2. JEE Advanced

  • Application Form: 12 September 2020
  • Last date of the application form: 17 September 2020
  • JEE Advance 2020 Exam Date: 27 September 2020


  • Exam date: 16th - 18th and 21st - 23rd Septemeber, 2020
  • Exam Duration: 3 Hours
  • Mode of Exam: Online


  • Exam: Cancelled


  • Exam Level: State Level
  • Mode of Application: Online
  • Mode of Examination: Computer Based Test


  • Last Date of Registration and Pay fee (without late fees): 20 September 2020
  • GATE 2021 Exam Dates: 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, and 14 February 2021
  • GATE 2020 Results: 22 March  2021

Career Scope

Automotive Engineering provides numerous opportunities to its students in different segments of the Automobile Industry. These include automobile production plants, service stations, road transport corporations, factory plants, and many other supply chains. Some of the top career profiles are mentioned below:  

Job Profile

Average Salary Per Annum

Automotive Engineer 4 - 6 lakhs
Quality Engineer 3 - 4 lakhs
Product Development Engineer 4 - 6 lakhs
Functional Verification Test Engineer 8 - 12 lakhs
Mechanical Design Engineers 2 - 4 lakhs

Top Recruiters:

  • Ashok Leyland
  • Bajaj Auto Limited
  • Chevrolet India
  • Hero MotoCorp Ltd.
  • Hyundai Motor Company

Top Hiring Cities:

  • Delhi
  • Mumbai
  • Bangalore
  • Hyderabad


Q:  What is involved in automotive engineering?
A:  Automotive engineers work as part of a team responsible for vehicle design, development, manufacture, and testing. Automotive engineers are involved in the design, manufacture, distribution, marketing, sales and after-sales care of cars (including racing cars), motorbikes and other commercial vehicles.

Q:  Is automotive engineering tough?
A:  Being an automotive engineer is a difficult job, but it can be fulfilling and tends to pay fairly high. Automotive engineering is a branch of engineering that mainly focuses on vehicles.

Q: What are the top colleges that provide a course in automotive engineering?
A: Some of the top colleges are mentioned below:

  • Manipal Institute of Technology
  • SRM Engineering College
  • Amity University
  • Rajasthan Technical University
  • Lovely Professional University

Q: What are the top entrances that a student should appear for a course in automotive engineering?
A: The top entrances are mentioned below:



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