Top 5 Companies For Automotive Engineers To Work For
Automotive engineers tend to be highly passionate about their jobs, as most spend their free time modifying or repairing old cars. The automotive industry is moving rapidly towards a market where internal combustion engines are beginning to be actively phased out. Major cities around the world are placing deadlines on vehicles that pollute the air. Vehicles are losing their complex, noisy and often dirty mechanical hearts and being replaced with simple, silent and clean electric motors.
What’s more is that these vehicles are being set up for autonomous operation, completely removing the driver from the equation. However, clinging to the past will not serve any purpose other than to make you irrelevant in this rapidly changing field. The list below aims to give some guidance on where you should aim your sights if you want to find an automotive job.
This is an obvious one. Tesla is continuously in the news for both good and bad reasons, the good being beautifully designed vehicles that look more like an Apple product than a car, and the bad being missed production goals and questionable autonomous features. Tesla set out with the goal of making electric cars mainstream and has succeeded in that. Electric cars are definitely not a new technology but they have long been in the shadow of IC powered vehicles due in part to the limited energy storage capabilities of batteries. However, battery technology has progressed exponentially making these types of vehicles not only feasible but also relevant. Despite a few reports to the contrary, Tesla is known as a challenging, but also rewarding place to work and offers a front row seat in the coming electric car revolution.
General Motors is part of the old guard. With classics like the 1969 Chevrolet Camaro and the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, it has no doubt been the dream working place of many automotive engineers. GM is a massive player in industry and owns multiple brands. Its focus is still primarily on IC powered vehicles but it keeps its finger tightly on the pulse of electric vehicles with models such as the Chevy Bolt. Its disadvantage lies in the fact that it is too big to react quickly to a changing market as it has immense amounts of capital invested in its manufacturing processes and tooling. If your goal is to gain experience in a large, established company, then GM is a good start.
If GM is a part of the old guard, Ford is the king. Henry Ford brought automobiles to the masses by making use of innovative manufacturing techniques that are still used today. The company has come a long way since the Model T, with classics like the Ford Mustang. Ford has made a massive move to electric cars by investing 11 billion USD into its electric program and has committed to having 20 new electric cars on the market by 2023. At its core, it is still a company that makes, among other things, overpowered “gas guzzling” trucks such as the F150. If this is what you thrive on, Ford is the place to be. You also have relative job security as Ford is preparing itself for the surge in electric cars.
In more rugged parts of the world, Toyota is known for their die-hard attitude; it just keeps rolling forward regardless of the torture it is subjected to. Its reliability is legendary. Toyota has been around since 1937 and is currently the largest automaker in the world. Toyota makes sensible vehicles that get the job done every time. If you want to learn the art of making vehicles last, then Toyota might be where you should take up residence.
This is a bit of a departure from the rest of the more sensible options mentioned above, but it would not be fair to leave out a company that most engineers could only dream of working for. If you follow F1 you will know that McLaren is one of the top teams in the competition. You might also know that they make the most beautiful vehicles currently on the market. Not only that, these cars are marvels of automotive engineering and are crafted to incredible levels of performance and perfection. There will always be a market for IC vehicles as nothing compares to the deep rumble of a 4-litre twin-turbo V8. It is any engineer's dream to work for a company that produces such perfection.