The focus for automotive engineers is on land vehicles such as cars, motorcycles, four wheelers, 18 wheelers, and industrial equipment. Pretty much every vehicle that doesn’t fly, float, or ride on rails can be wrapped into automotive engineering.
This is a very large field that commonly overlaps with many other industries, including construction, aerospace and the military.
Often, automotive engineering is divided into three broad groups:
- Design and development
- Manufacturing and production
- Quality and cost
These groups are responsible for assorted stages of a part’s lifecycle. But there also is crossover in that the engineers in the different groups need to communicate with one another. In other words, each team needs to work consistently with the others to make sure that the part or vehicle for the customer can get on the road.
The automotive engineers in manufacturing also need to work with the quality department to ensure that the process they designed is repeatable and stable.
Like so many other areas of technology, automotive engineering is evolving.
Digitization, increasing automation, and new business models have revolutionized automotive engineering giving rise to advances in diverse mobility, autonomous driving, electrification, and connectivity.
One study shows that up to 15% of new cars sold in 2030 could be fully autonomous. Additionally,advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) are expected to play a crucial role in preparing regulators, consumers, and corporations for the medium-term reality of cars taking over control from drivers.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers a dozen courses in Automotive Engineering. These include:
—Controller Area Network (CAN) Training, a 2-day course that covers the ISO 11898 standard of choice for automotive manufacturers and Vehicle Applications.
—Functional Safety and Hazard Analysis Training, a 3-day course that covers overall safety and hazard analysis depending on a system or equipment operating correctly in response to its inputs.
—ISO 26262 Training Automotive Safety, a 2-day course that helps attendees provide the requirements for ISO 26262 and be prepared for the release of ISO 26262.
—Automotive System Design Training, a 3-day course aimed at a systems approach to problems around mobility and fuel efficient automotive systems, such as communication systems and electrical driving-focused systems.
—Automotive Cybersecurity Training, a 3-day course where participants discuss fundamentals of embedded systems and applications of cybersecurity in vehicles to illustrate unique vulnerabilities that are commonly exploited.
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