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Do you know the Automobile industry is at the forefront of innovating the next generation of hybrid cars? Self-driven cars and Electronic Vehicles (EVs) shall soon be a reality! Tesla’s Autopilot or self-driving cars and many more are the latest examples of advancement in the automotive industry. Do you also want to be a part of this revolution in the automobile industry? Then understand what an Automobile Engineering degree has to offer!

This comprehensive article will inform you of everything about Automobile Engineering, what Automobile engineers do, and how to become one, what are the courses available, and much more.

What is Automobile Engineering?

Automobile Engineering is a branch of vehicle engineering which deals with the designing, manufacturing, and maintenance of vehicles such as motorcycles, cars, trucks, buses, and their other engineering subparts. Automobile Engineering also includes the modification of an existing vehicle and also optimizing new or advanced technologies within them.

From designing, developing, fabricating, and testing vehicles and its components to the final stage of production, Automobile Engineering requires intensive research and direct application of mathematical principles and models.

So, what does an Automobile Engineer do?

Automobile Engineers research, design, and develop vehicles and their subparts. They use mechanical, electrical, structural software, and safety engineering and highly sophisticated technologies to develop passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, buses, and other vehicles.

As an Automobile Engineer, you may be involved in one or more of the following:

  • You will be designing new vehicles and their components or modifying the existing ones.
  • You will be involved in troubleshooting and optimizing technology to solve engineering problems
  • You will be planning and designing the entire production process.

Is Automobile engineering for you?

Now that you know what Automobile Engineering is all about, do you want to become an Automobile Engineer? Are you sure you have it in you to pursue a career in automotive engineering?

You must know that to become an Automobile Engineer, technical knowledge and experience is the basic requirement. Moreover, incorrect calculations or imprecise application of models could lead to major technical errors in both the design and production process and impact the safety of drivers. Therefore, accuracy and precision are core competencies including the following:

Automobile Engineering - Competencies and skills required
Automobile Engineering – Competencies and skills required

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How to become an Automobile Engineer?

To become an Automobile Engineer, students can follow any one of the following career pathways:

Pathway 1: Pursue B.E. / B.Tech in Automobile Engineering after class 12th

Pathway 1: Pursue B.E. / B.Tech in Automobile Engineering after class 12th
Pathway 1: Pursue B.E. / B.Tech in Automobile Engineering after class 12th

  • You must have completed higher secondary education in Science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects.
  • You must apply for and clear the different national and state level entrance exams such as Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test- BITSAT, Vellore Institute of Technology Joint Entrance Exam -VITJEE etc conducted by universities and colleges. A Joint Entrance Exam Mains -JEE Main and JEE Advanced is conducted by Indian Institutes of Technology IITs for admission to B.E. / B.Tech courses.

Pathway 2: Pursue M.E. /M.Tech in Automobile Engineering after graduation

Pathway 2: Pursue M.E. /M.Tech in Automobile Engineering after graduation
Pathway 2: Pursue M.E. /M.Tech in Automobile Engineering after graduation

  • You must have completed higher secondary education in Science Stream with physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects.
  • Apply for and clear entrance examinations to be eligible for B.E. / B.Tech course in Automobile Engineering.
  • After completing B.E. / B.Tech in Automobile Engineering, students can pursue higher degree such as M.E. or M.Tech in similar field.

Pathway 3: Pursue a Diploma in Automobile Engineering after class 10th

Pathway 3: Pursue a Diploma in Automobile Engineering after class 10th
Pathway 3: Pursue a Diploma in Automobile Engineering after class 10th

  • Students must have passed class 10th with Mathematics and Science from a recognized Board/University.
  • Apply for Diploma in Automobile Engineering course in colleges/ universities. (List of colleges offering Diploma in Automobile Engineering mentioned below).
  • The duration is three years for a diploma in this discipline.
  • Diploma in Automobile Engineering is suitable for those who want to upgrade their skills and are looking for employment in design and development, manufacturing, maintenance, and servicing industries.
  • After completing the diploma, students can also take a 2nd Year Lateral Entry into a 4-Year B.E. /B.Tech in Automobile Engineering.

List of Automobile Engineering courses

Take a look at the various Automobile Engineering courses available at diploma, Undergraduate and Post Graduate level:

  • Diploma in Automotive Engineering
  • Diploma in Advance Automobile Technology
  • Polytechnic Diploma in Automobile Engineering (3 years)
  • Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) Automobile Engineering
  • B.Tech. in Automobile Engineering
  • Bachelor of Electrical and Automation Engineering (BEng)
  • B.Tech – Mechanical with specialization in Automotive Engineering
  • B.Sc. Automotive Engineering
  • B.Sc. Automotive Mechatronics
  • B.Tech Automotive Design Engineering
  • B.Tech. Automotive and Vehicle Engineering Technology
  • Master of Engineering (ME) in Automotive Engineering
  • Master of Technology (M.Tech.) in Automotive Engineering
  • M.Tech. (Automotive Engineering and e-Manufacturing)
  • M.E. (Automation and Control Power System)
  • M.Tech. Automotive Hybrid Systems Engineering
  • PhD Automobile Engineering

List of Colleges for Diploma in Automobile Engineering

Take a look at the following list of colleges offering a Diploma:

  • Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra
  • Kerala University
  • Baba Saheb Ambedkar Polytechnic – BSAP
  • AIIPPHS University
  • Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Polytechnic College, Fatehgarh Sahib
  • Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya, Bhopal
  • National Institute of Engineering, Mysuru
  • State Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training, Odisha
  • Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training, Chandigarh
  • West Bengal State Council of Technical Education, Kolkata
  • G.B. Pant Institute of Technology
  • KMCT Polytechnic College, Kozhikode
  • Guru Tegh Bahadur Polytechnic Institute – GTBPI
  • Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar
  • State Council For Technical Education, Assam
  • State Board of Technical Education, Bihar
  • Board of Technical Education, Delhi
  • Board of Technical Education, Goa
  • Dayalbagh Educational Institute, Dayalbagh, Agra
  • Institute of Engineering And Rural Technology, Allahabad
  • Sri Jayachamarajendra Occupational Institute, Bangalore
  • Baroda and Military College of Electronics and Mechanical Engineering

List of Colleges for B.E. /B.Tech in Automobile Engineering

Take a look at the following list of colleges that are offering a B.E. / B.Tech in Automobile Engineering:

  1. Vellore Institute of Technology VIT, Vellore
  2. D.Y Patil University, School of Engineering Academy, Pune
  3. Anna University Tiruchirappalli Campus
  4. Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal
  5. Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai
  6. S.C.T College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram
  7. Sree Narayana Institute of Technology Theppupara
  8. Christ University
  9. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University
  10. Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Sunrise University, Alwar
  11. Manav Rachna International Institute of Research and Studies
  12. Malnad College of Engineering
  13. Lakshmi Narain College Of Technology Indore
  14. Biju Patnaik University of Technology (BPUT)
  15. Malwa Institute of Technology
  16. Maharishi Markandeshwar University Mullana
  17. Parul Institute of Technology, Parul University
  18. Shankara Institute of Technology
  19. Srinivas Institute of Technology, Mysore
  20. Basaveshvara Engineering College, Karnataka
  21. Dhole Patil College of Engineering, Maharashtra
  22. Al Azhar College of Engineering and Technology
  23. B.S. Abdur Rahman Crescent Institute of Science and Technology
  24. SCMS School of Engineering and Technology
  25. School of Mechanical Engineering, Galgotias University
  26. Department of Automobile Engineering, Acharya Institute
  27. Manipal University Jaipur
  28. MVSR Engineering College, Hyderabad
  29. University Institute of Technology, Jhabua
  30. Rama University, Delhi
  31. Lingaya’s University
  32. Indus Institute of Engineering and Technology
  33. Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Bidar
  34. LJ Institute of Engineering & Technology, Ahmedabad
  35. M.H. SabooSiddik College of Engineering
  36. PRIST University, Tamil Nadu
  37. SRM Institute of Science and Technology
  38. Thiruvalluvar College of Engineering and Technology, Tamil Nadu
  39. Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai
  40. Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Tamil Nadu
  41. Cochin Institute of Science and Technology, Kerala
  42. Pinnacle School of Engineering and Technology, Kerala
  43. K L N College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu
  44. KMCT College of Engineering, Kerala
  45. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Andhra Pradesh
  46. ITM University Gwalior
  47. Cochin College of Engineering and Technology, Kerala
  48. Malabar College of Engineering and Technology
  49. Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering
  50. College of Engineering, Bhubaneswar

List of Colleges for M.E. / M.Tech in Automobile Engineering

Take a look at the following list of colleges offering a M.E. / M.Tech degree:

  • National Institute of Technology Patna
  • National Institute of Technology, Warangal
  • National Institute of Technology, Agartala
  • PES Institute of Technology, Karnataka
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
  • VIT University Vellore Campus
  • VeermataJijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Mumbai
  • Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai
  • Ajeenkya DY Patil University School of Engineering, Maharashtra
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai
  • AISSMS College of Engineering, Maharashtra
  • Rajarambapu Institute of Technology, Maharashtra
  • L. D. College Of Engineering, Ahmadabad
  • Gujarat Technological University
  • M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Karnataka
  • Visvesvaraya Technological University
  • PSG College of Technology, Tamil Nadu
  • Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering, Tamil Nadu
  • KR Mangalam University
  • Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering
  • Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, Chennai
  • The Oxford College of Engineering, Bengaluru
  • Parul Institute of Engineering & Technology, Parul University
  • Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA)
  • Singhania University, Rajasthan
  • Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education
  • Shivaji University, Kohlapur
  • Lovely Professional University

Eligibility Criteria for Automobile Engineering Courses:

For Diploma in Automobile Engineering:

Candidates looking for the eligibility criteria to get admission to Bachelors in Automobile Engineering courses must look at the following eligibility requirements

  • Candidates must have passed class 10th with Mathematics and Science from a recognized Board/University.
  • Candidates must secure at least 50% or more aggregate in class 10th to be eligible for the course
  • Must have secured the required marks in the entrance examination.

For BE/ B.Tech. Courses:

  • Must have passed class 12th in Science stream with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics with a minimum aggregate of 55% from a recognized board.
  • Candidates must apply for and clear entrance examinations conducted at the national and state levels by colleges and universities to be eligible for B.E. / B.Tech course in Automobile Engineering.
  • The list of entrance exams conducted for admission to Undergraduate courses is mentioned below.

For M.E. / M.Tech courses:

  • Candidates must have a graduate degree in B.E/B.Tech. Degree in Mechanical / Automobile / Production / Manufacturing Engineering or Mechatronics or any equivalent degree any recognized University/Institute with a minimum aggregate of 60% or first division
  • Candidates appearing for their final degree exam / final semester exam in the current year are also eligible to apply.
  • The list of entrance exams conducted for admission to Postgraduate courses is mentioned below.

List of Entrance Examinations

For BE/ B.Tech.

To be eligible in colleges offering Automobile Engineering courses at undergraduate level, students must apply for and qualify national/ state conducted entrance examinations. There are various entrance exams conducted both by government and private institute for Bachelor of Engineering [BE] course. Some of the entrance exams are listed below:

  • JEE Main – Joint Entrance Exam Main
  • JEE Advanced – Joint Entrance Exam Advanced
  • KIITEE – KIIT Entrance Examination
  • BITSAT – Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test
  • VITEEE – VIT Engineering Entrance Exam
  • APEAMCET – Andhra Pradesh Engineering, Agriculture, and Medical Common Entrance Test
  • UGET- Under Graduate Entrance Test for Engineering Courses
  • MHTCET – Maharashtra Common Entrance Test
  • UPSEE – Uttar Pradesh State Entrance Exam
  • TS EAMCET – Telangana State Engineering, Agriculture, and Medical Common Entrance Test
  • IPU CET – Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test
  • TNPCEE- Tamil Nadu Professional Course Entrance Examinations
  • ASSAM-CEE- Combined Entrance Examination

For M.E. /M. Tech.

To be eligible in colleges offering Automobile Engineering courses at Post Graduate level, students must apply for and qualify national/ state conducted entrance examinations.

  • For admission to M.E. /M.Tech Automobile Engineering in Indian colleges, candidates must apply for and qualify Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) entrance examination.
  • To be eligible for GATE, candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/ Technology (4 years after 10+2 or 3 years after B.Sc./Diploma in Engineering/Technology).
  • For admission to M.E. /M.Tech Automobile Engineering for universities abroad, candidates must apply for and qualify Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). Along with a good score in GRE, universities abroad require proof of English Language proficiency test for which candidates have to submit score of any one of theses: TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, etc.

Syllabus

The course curriculum for diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate in Automobile Engineering is listed below. Students must check the following at tables to get an overview of the subjects in Automobile Engineering in various colleges/ Universities in India.

Take a look at the following tables for a semester-wise breakup of Automobile Diploma syllabus:

Semester ISemester II
Mathematics IMathematics II
Applied Science IApplied Science II
Elements of Engg.Circuits & System
Fundamentals of ComputerEnvironmental Sciences
Communication PracticeEngg. Measurements
Semester IIISemester IV
Applied MathematicsThermal Engineering
Thermal EngineeringFluid Mechanics & Hydraulic Machines
Manufacturing ProcessStrength of Materials
Applied MechanicsAutomobile Engine – I
Mechanical Engineering MaterialsBasics of Automobile Components
Machine Drawing
Semester VSemester VI
Automobile Engine – IIMotor Vehicle Maintenance & Repairs
CAD of Automobile ComponentsMotor Vehicle Technology-II
Garage Organization & Supervisory ManagementMotor Vehicle, Act, Regulation & Standard
Motor Vehicle Technology-IQuality Control
Total Quality Management

Take a look at the semester-wise breakup of subjects in Automobile Engineering for B.E./B.Tech:

Semester ISemester II
Technical EnglishTechnical English-II
MathematicsMathematics II
Engineering PhysicsMaterial Science
Engineering ChemistryEnvironmental Science and Engineering
Engineering GraphicsEngineering Mechanics
Fundamentals of ComputingElectrical Engineering
Production Processes
Semester IIISemester IV
Mathematics IIINumerical Methods
Engineering Fluid MechanicsTheory of Machines
Thermodynamics and Thermal EngineeringAutomotive Diesel Engines
Solid MechanicsAutomotive Chassis
Electronics and InstrumentationAutomotive Electrical Systems
Automotive Petrol EnginesMeasurements and Metrology
Semester VSemester VI
Machine Components DesignVehicle Design
Automotive TransmissionElectronic Engine Management Systems
Two and Three Wheeler TechnologyVehicle Body Engineering
Automotive Materials and Production TechniquesComputer control of vehicle systems
Automotive Pollution and ControlElective I
Microprocessor application in automobiles
Semester VIISemester VIII
Engineering ManagementElective – IV
Vehicle DynamicsElective – V
Vehicle Maintenance
Computer Simulation of IC Engine Processes
Elective II
Elective III

List of Electives for B.E. / B.Tech. In Automobile Engineering

List of Electives
Finite Element Method
Automotive Aerodynamics
Automotive Safety
Combustion Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer
Advanced Theory of IC Engines
Rubber Technology for Automobiles
Professional Ethics and Human Values
Total Quality Management
Fundamentals of Nanoscience
Vehicle Air-Conditioning
Manufacturing Process Planning and Cost Estimation
Advanced Production Processes for Automotive Components
Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems
Theory and Design of Jigs and Fixtures
Hydraulic and Pneumatic systems
Alternate Fuels and energy systems
Special Types of Vehicles
Tractor and Farm Equipments
Fleet Management

Take a look at the semester-wise breakup of subjects in Automobile Engineering in M.E. / M.Tech:

Semester ISemester II
Automotive EngineeringVehicle Body Engineering
Computational Methods in Thermal Engg.Vehicle Dynamics
Mechanical VibrationsElective-3
Advanced Internal Combustion EnginesElective-4
Elective-1Elective-5
Elective-2Elective-6
Automotive Engineering laboratory
Semester IIISemester IV
Comprehensive Viva – VoceDissertation – Part B
Dissertation – Part A

List of Electives in Semester I and Semester II

Electives in Semester IElectives in Semester II
Automotive ElectronicsNoise, Vibrations & harshness
Alternate Fuels & EmissionsVehicle Testing & Instrumentation
Combustion and Emission controlEngine Management Systems
Enterprise Resource PlanningAutomotive Safety & Maintenance
Manufacturing ManagementDesign of Heat Transfer Equipment
Soft Computing TechniquesEnergy Systems and Management
Analysis and Synthesis of MechanismsRenewable Sources of Energy
Mathematical Methods in EngineeringMechatronics and Robotics
Advanced Metal FormingFluid Power Systems
Precision Manufacturing
Project Management
Computer Aided Design
Reliability Engineering

Expenses

  • Automobile Engineering course expenses and tuition fee for various colleges/ universities at undergraduate level differ and may range around Rs.2, 00, 000- 15, 00,000. Whereas for M.E./ M.Tech in Automobile Engineering may range around 4, 00, 000- 20, 00, 000
  • Candidates are required to check the official website of college/ university they are applying to for details on tuition fee and other expenses.

Career scope of an Automobile Engineer

  • According to India Brand Equity Foundation, the Automobile industry in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.05 % during 2016-2026. Moreover, India is expected to become a top leader in shared mobility by the year 2030 opening doors for electric and autonomous vehicles.
  • Moreover, a Forbes article states that the rate at which the technology is advancing personal transportation which predicts the early arrival of hybrid cars and other smart vehicles. The article lists a number of advanced technologies that are set to enter the automobile industry.

Following the predictions in the Automobile industry, graduates in Automobile Engineering may find exciting job opportunities in the upcoming times as well. Automobile Engineering graduate may find work with:

  • Leading equipment, vehicles, automotive manufacturers / R & D Organizations like Tata, Hyundai, Larson & Turbo, Ashok Leyland, Tata Motors, Ford, Hyundai, Daimler AG, Caterpillar, Maruti, TVS, Renault-Nissan, GE Transportation, Mahindra and Mahindra, ARAI etc.
  • Aeronautical manufacturing companies like Airbus, Boeing, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) etc.
  • Automobile Engineering department of all IITs and Engineering and Technology colleges in various capacities such as Associate Professor, Professor, Head of Department, and Dean.

Salary of an Automobile Engineer

  • According to Pay Scale India, an automobile engineer can earn anywhere between Rs. 2, 50,000, and Rs. 600,000 per annum including average bonuses and commissions received on the job.
  • A division head with 15 years’ or more experience can earn a salary ranging from Rs. 25, 00, 000 to Rs. 30, 00, 000 per annum.

Conclusion

In this article, we dived deep into a career in Automobile Engineering. We also discussed in detail about the list of colleges offering Automobile Engineering courses, the course curriculum, and much more. Now that you have a fair idea of this field of mechanical engineering, you must be wondering whether you should pursue your studies in this field or not.

To help you make the perfect career choice, our expert career counselors are just a call away! Make the most of this opportunity and pave a pathway for an exciting future.

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