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I am interested in cars but I do not want to design them I would like to fix and build them. What major should I look into?

I am junior at Boston Collegiate Charter School and growing up I always liked cars. I use to collect toy cars and models of cars and still have them all. I collected small cars like Hot Wheels and bigger cars as well. I always took them apart and put them together. I always liked the movie Fast and Furious and that is what really got me into cars. I do not want to race them but I would like to build a car from scratch or tune a car. With my type of interest im asking about what major to look into #design #cars #automobile-design

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Daniela’s Answer

Hello Dasan,

Automotive engineering is one of the most exciting professions you can choose. From the global concerns of sustainable mobility, and teaching cars to drive themselves, to working out how we’ll get around on the surface of Mars, automotive engineering is all about the future.

The challenges facing personal mobility are endless. Automotive engineers work in every area of the industry, from the look and feel of current cars, to the safety and security of new forms of transport. Attempting to make cars as fast as possible whilst keeping them fuel efficient may seem like an impossible task, but this is the kind of problem automotive engineers deal with every day.

The work of an automotive engineer breaks down into three categories:

Design: Designing new products and improving existing ones

Research and Development: Finding solutions to engineering problems

Production: Planning and designing new production processes

One of the first steps in becoming an automotive engineer is going to university. Most automotive engineers start out by studying Mechanical Engineering, but increasingly more specific Automotive Engineering degrees are becoming available.

Once at University taking an internship can be a really important step on your route into automotive. Having the right internship on your CV is an announcement to the industry how passionate and dedicated you are to your career.

The variety of skills and tasks automotive engineers get involved with are almost endless Here are some examples to get you started.

  • developing new test procedures, using both conventional and innovative methods

  • bringing new products to market and being involved in problem-solving and project management

  • devising and organising tests, to answer questions from clients, consumers and other engineers involved in vehicle development

  • anticipating vehicle or component behaviour in different conditions with computer modelling software

  • analysing and interpreting technical data into reports or presentations and answering any queries about the results

  • building an individual specialism within a larger team and working independently

  • contributing to regular team meetings to update colleagues on progress, problems and new developments

  • managing all details of projects, including projected costs

  • recognising the benefits of engineering developments to related departments in order to market projects and secure internal funding

  • negotiating costs of development and engineering work with commercial departments

  • monitoring any related systems or engineering issues associated with the component and final product

  • supervising technical staff, engineers or designers (dependent upon specific role)

  • Operating in cross-functional or internationally-based teams to design experiments in order to test the validity and competence of new technology.

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Himanshu’s Answer

Ideally you should take up Automobile engineering as it would give your blend of Mechanical Engineering as well.

Its essential to opt for Automobile Engineering.