Green Automotive Engineer

Design, test and create eco-friendly cars and trucks.
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Salary Range
$51,000 – $119,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Green Automotive Engineers do?

Whether they’re black, white, red, or blue, all “green” cars are environmentally friendly automobiles that consume less energy and produce less pollution. And it’s a Green Automotive Engineer’s job to create them. So, when you’re a Green Automotive Engineer, you care less about the literal color of the cars you make and more about the efficiency with which they use energy.

Like a traditional Automotive Engineer, you design, test, and produce cars, trucks, and SUVs, typically specializing in a single area of automotive design, such as auto body design, engine design, or fuel system design. Unlike a traditional Automotive Engineer, however, you don’t design cars that are powered by gasoline. Primarily hybrid and electric vehicles, they’re powered instead by electricity, or by alternative fuels such as ethanol, biodiesel, and hydrogen. As a result, you’re trained to combine questions of performance (safety, speed, horsepower, etc.) with questions of sustainability (emissions, fuel economy, etc.).

A type of Mechanical Engineer, a Green Automotive Engineer is tasked with several responsibilities. First, you develop and present concepts for new or improved vehicles. Then you use computer-aided design (CAD) software to create schematics of cars, parts, and components, often with the assistance of Drafters. Next, you make decisions about manufacturing materials and processes. Finally, you oversee the production of prototypes, and then design and execute testing procedures.

Because you’re “green,” however, you do all that with one goal in mind: creating cars that go from point A to point B quickly, comfortably, stylishly, safely, and — especially important — sustainably!

Should I be a Green Automotive Engineer?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Persistent: You keep pushing through, even when faced with tough obstacles.
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.

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    Green Automotive Engineer

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