What is Automotive Engineering?

What is Automotive Engineering?


Hey, so what exactly does it take to
build and design a vehicle? Our next pit
stop is at Automotive Engineering, well
is it just cars and crankshafts, well no
not exactly it’s a lot more than that
and it’s not just bikes and buses either
it is a massive industry worth over
1.7 trillion dollars. So, what does an
Automotive Engineer actually do then?
Well good question, by using mechanical,
electrical, structural software, and
safety engineering, Automotive Engineers
design and build vehicles based on a
number of requirements. But what exactly
is design? It’s the model of a car right?
Yes it is the model, but how do we get there?
I mean, is it a beautiful supercar
with ceramic brakes with varied spaced
holes to allow for a higher operating
brake temperature? Or a family car that
allows for not only large crumple zones
but high speed automated braking that
can foresee an accident?
How about lorries needing large storage
space and to be reliable enough to carry
huge loads over long distances without
breakdowns, now this is what the design
is!
It’s being able to know what the driver
wants whilst optimizing technology to
get the most out of a vehicle. So, after
we know exactly what we want, the fun begins.
Testing the heat, the cold, rain, humidity,
millions of test miles, wind tunnels that
would lift you off your feet, a testing
process that adds decades of age onto a
vehicle in just weeks. This is the
dedication of the engineer, testing
everything, checking requirements are met
and then testing it again. Now we are
ready to begin production whoo-hoo !!
Through the use of robots and automation,
we are able to produce vehicles fast,
economical and to a set design – vehicle
after vehicle. We have come a long way
since Henry Ford invented the assembly
line, but the principles are still very
much the same and this is exactly what
an engineer needs to design.
There are many factors that they need to take into
account, from bringing tolerances down to
micrometers, to the very sequencing of
how we’re going to actually build the car
What comes first? This is all whilst
reducing costs,
production time, and coordinating a
global market of components, distributors,
manufacturers whilst eager drivers await
their new vehicles. And there are the
hyper cars uncompromised on performance,
specialist cars precisely combining the
combination of exotic materials such as
carbon fibre and magnesium, to reduce
weight allowing for a more responsive
driving experience, maximizing every last
component to yield incredible speeds and
cornering ability. Now this is what an
engineer does! Achieving designs that
mark new milestones in the automotive
industry. So what about the future of the
automotive industry? Engineers right now
are working on ways to reduce the impact
that vehicles have on the environment, by
squeezing every last drop of fuel from
cars with, extreme weight shedding
through to removing engines and
replacing them with their electric counterparts –
motors and batteries. We are
really pushing the boundaries. You could
be working with Formula one cars, engines
which are so delicate that they can’t
run when cold, warm oil and water is
pumped through the components to allow
the metals to expand just a little, which
allows them to rotate and run normally,
absolutely incredible! Or you could be
part of a team that are developing the
next vehicle that can travel across the
continent without stopping for a recharge.
Wow!! So what exactly does an
Automotive Engineer do? Well, they strive
to achieve perfection in each vehicle
they design and build, every bolt,
every panel, every gap, down to millimeters, they
have little tolerance for mistakes you see.
The automotive industry is changing
so fast and it’s so exciting!
This video is one of many in Aveea’s aim to
increase the awareness and knowledge of
the world around us, visit aveea.org for
more information on how you could get
involved in Automotive Engineering. Best
of luck!


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