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Automotive engineers are involved in the design, manufacture and operation of ground-based vehicles, such as motorcycles, automobiles, buses and trucks and their respective engineering subsystems.
They are involved in the whole product design lifecycle from the initial concept through to delivery, but generally work in one of three main areas:
Engineers in this field need to have a combination of engineering and commercial skills in order to deliver projects within budget. Once established, they usually specialise in a particular area, for example structural design, exhaust systems or engines.
Automotive engineers usually specialise in a particular area of work. However, typical work activities may include:
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