Career in Automobile Engineering: Scope, Courses, Jobs & Salary

Career in Automobile Engineering: Scope, Courses, Jobs & Salary

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Updated on Sep 16, 2019 15:31 IST

Automobile Industry is a huge sector and one of the most essential products in every human’s life as without commutation no work is possible. The automobile industry changes every day as new technology arrives and therefore one who studies automobile engineering has to keep themselves updated with the current norms.

Automobile Engineering is one of the most advanced courses in engineering that involves making of an automobile, including manufacturing, operation, design and investigation of it during repairs, reconstruction and modification. It involves the designing of automobiles like that of cars, buses, trucks and all kinds of vehicles used for road transportation. The degree in automobile engineering also offers various specialisations in the field of aerodynamics, emissions, chassis, ergonomics, alternative fuels, electronics, materials, motorsport, vehicle, manufacturing, rapid prototyping, pedestrian safety, supply chain management, and power train.

Eligibility Criteria for Automobile Engineering

The degree of automobile engineering is a four-year engineering degree course in BE or B.Tech programmes. The students need to have minimum eligibility of passing their 10+2 board or any equivalent exams from a recognised board with subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as main subjects. The students should have scored a minimum aggregate of 50 per cent marks in their board exams to be eligible for admissions. Some of the top prestigious institutes like that of the BITS, IIT’s and the NIT’s require a minimum aggregate score of 60 per cent in board exams. The students of diploma in the mechanical and related stream of electrical or electronics can also take admission through lateral entry entrance examinations in the second year of the engineering program after their completion of Diploma. Students of Bachelor degree in Science are also eligible for lateral entry in the automobile engineering programmes.

Required Skillset for Automobile Engineering Course

The students who plan to take up an automobile engineering degree course should be first of all students who are interested in Science. Because subjects such as Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry play an important role in understanding the subjects in the degree course. They should also have an interest in cars and auto mechanics. They should have a knack for working in organised and systematic environments with the skill of time management. The students should also have an interest in resolving mechanical problems. A keen sense of creative and innovative solutions in repairs, designing and drawing are the potential candidates for this type of degree course.

Automobile Engineering Course: Fees Structure

Some of the potential automobile engineering colleges in India charge an average tuition fee ranging between Rs 10,000-4 lakh per year. Some of the top private colleges such as Manipal University, SRM University, Amity University may also charge more than Rs 4 lakh as per year fees due to demand in admissions. Government colleges such as Indian Insitute Technology (IIT) and National Insitute of Technology (NIT) charge a reasonable fee which is round about Rs 4 lakh per year, but the average placements salary that they provide are amazing as compared to other engineering colleges.

Top Colleges for pursuing Automobile Engineering

Rank of College

Name of College, City

Program Fees (Duration)


IIT, Delhi

Rs 3.6 lakh for 4 years


IIT, Roorkee

Rs 2.9 lakh for 4 years


Sathyabama University, Chennai

Rs 1.7-2 lakh for 4 years


Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal

Rs 14.41 lakh for 4 years


Hindustan Institute of Engineering Technology (HIET), Chennai

Rs 2-4 lakh for 4 years


Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai

Rs 3 lakh for 4 years


PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore

Rs 2.2 lakh for 4 years


SCMS School of Engineering and Technology, Cochin

Rs 6.25 lakh for 4 years


Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai

Rs 2.4 lakh for 4 years


SRM University, Chennai

Rs 7.56 lakh for 4 years

Automobile Engineering: Course & Curriculum

There are a vast range of subjects that are taught in Automobile engineering such as Environmental Science and Engineering, Applied Thermodynamics, Production Technology, Automotive engine components, Mechanics of Machines, Automotive Electrical Systems, Fluid Mechanics and Machinery, Automotive materials and metallurgy, Automotive Diesel engines, Manufacturing process and reliability engineering, Automotive pollution and control, Quality Control, Automotive transmission, Manufacturing Processes are some of the important subjects of specialization which can be studied as M.Tech or ME for higher studies.

Automobile Engineering: Job Profiles & Top Recruiters

There are a host of job opportunities for an automobile engineer in production plants, service stations of automobile companies, automobile manufacturing industries, motor vehicle departments of control, transport companies, insurance company experts, and state transport corporations, etc. the students are taught to be experts in CAD (Computer-Aided Design), CAM, ERP and therefore one can easily join designing companies as designers of automobile.

There are maintenance engineer jobs for the general supervision in factories, automobile industries and supply chain automobiles of various corporations. If any students further extend his degree like MBA after completing graduation in Automobile engineering a host of other options open up for them in marketing and management. Some of the job positions offered to Automobile engineers and their respective salaries are given below in the table:

Name of Job/Role

Average salary in Rs lakh per annum (2-5 years’ work ex)

Sales Officer – Generally recruited in automobile company showrooms that manage the sale of automobiles to customers and also keep an account of the stocks.


Professor in engineering colleges


Automobile engineer-responsible for various works of manufacturing, testing and product development in automotive industries.


Design engineer- responsible for study and research of automotive designs


Product Development Engineer- in charge of developing, designing and assembling of products in automotive industries.


Automobile Industry is a huge sector and one of the most essential products in every human’s life as without commutation no work is possible. The automobile industry changes every day as new technology arrives and therefore one who studies automobile engineering has to keep themselves updated with the current norms. Even though we know that fossil fuel-driven automobiles are coming to an end in the future, but it doesn’t mean the end of the automotive industries. Newer cleaner and environment-friendly technology in automobiles are being developed as without automobiles it is very difficult to accomplish any task of business and development in an economy. Therefore the scope of automobiles has become more extensive and there is a brighter future for all in automotive industries.

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2 years ago

My Father is working in Tata Motors in PE and he says that there is no scope in automobile because in their company from many years there is no new employees and also there is now very less salary , so my Father is telling to go to CS , what should I do , Now I am in 11th STD

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Raghav singh

2 years ago

Is it an good option is there any kind of risk in jobs

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Jenosh Jijo

2 years ago

So you say its not advisable to do automobile engineering?

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suraj hande

3 years ago

Completed automobile engineering and has 4 yrs experience as a lecturer of vocation degree/diploma courses. Think only bachelor degree in automobile is not enough. Don't know why but automobile engineers are not allowed in manufacturing or production.

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Mohammed Shibil

2 years ago

Plz say its good or bad?



3 years ago

I am completed automobile engg. In 2016 snd sesrch a job



Mohammed Shibil

2 years ago

Am take comerce after 10 th But my ambition is to become a mechanical engineer. What will i do?? Plz saaidd meee

I am new automobile student from 2019-2024 I have so many confusion about my life in automobile at first I have to now about what work automobile engineer do an industry

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