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How does one stand out as an automotive engineer?

Asked San Jose, California

I want to break into the more brand name car companies and want to know what will be needed on my part to work my way in basically. What can I do besides work hard and get a promotion, should I focus on developing certain knowledge or work on certian projects? #automotive

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Freddy Ray’s Answer

Updated Dearborn, Michigan
Aside from having a good degree, learn 3D CAD, CAE, and prove yourself on a technical level. Look up on career websites the job you want at the company you want, positions that you may not yet be qualified for and write down all the skills and qualifications and set those as goals. Seems like you understand the importance of hard work, that in itself goes a long way!

Trina’s Answer

Updated Detroit, Michigan
Being in the auto industry for over 10 years - I've dealt with marketing, PR, and now supply chain as it pertains to auto. Most engineers are very methodical and base their analysis through pure data. But if you're building a car or making a product that goes into a car - you need to think like the consumer too and not just purely on mechanics and science. I think that would set you apart. You can build a high MPG car with great aero dynamics, but if the car "looks" ugly or doesn't have the appeal of being "smart" or connected" then you essentially will make a model that won't move off the lot once it comes off the assembly line.

Mikio’s Answer

Updated Douglasville, Georgia

Go to some top schools, be the best at what you do, and intern with the top companies hiring: https://www.carfax.com/blog/top-10-automotive-colleges/. Check out those begging for these engineers: http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120815/FREE/120819950/michigan-begs-for-100000-engineers-after-auto-industry-rebound