What is Automotive Engineering?
Automotive Engineering deals with the engineering problems, opportunities and needs of the automotive sector and related industries. The discipline focuses on the design and manufacture of automobiles and their component parts, as well as on the integration of components into an automotive system. The automotive sector includes automobiles as well as related transportation devices like trucks and motorcycles.
The automotive sector is continually advancing and giving rise to new opportunities. For example, new automotive challenges include the development of electric and fuel cell-driven cars.
Many engineering companies are involved in the automotive industry, locally in the Durham Region as well as across the province and country. The automotive sector plays a particularly vital role in the Ontario economy.
What do Automotive Engineers do?
Automotive Engineers are usually found across the automotive industry. Their activities range from product design, automation and control, to manufacture and production logistics. Maintenance, repair and testing are additional areas of activity for graduates. Graduates of our Automotive Engineering program will also be highly qualified in the following areas:
- systems engineering and integration
- research and development
- economic analysis
- engineering sales and marketing
Automotive Engineers often interface with others to help find ways to bring their designs to fruition, bearing in mind factors such as costs, quality, reliability, ergonomics, appearance, etc.
What types of careers do Automotive Engineers find?
Automotive engineers are employed in automotive companies as well as in many other industries that service the automotive sector and require specialized mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering skills. Automotive engineers may find employment at major automobile, truck, bus and motorcycle companies as well as within racing teams, parts manufacturers and research and development organizations. Potential employers also include engine and gearbox manufacturers, chassis and body makers and supplier industries, as well as other transport companies.
Due to their interdisciplinary approach to applied knowledge, our graduating automotive engineers will have excellent career opportunities in the job market, both domestically and abroad.
In addition, since the program is structured on a mechanical engineering foundation, graduates will also readily find employment in companies seeking mechanical engineers.
Automotive Engineering graduates will have the expertise to work productively as engineers and to manage effectively the work of others. Graduates may also choose to pursue graduate studies or start their own business.
The Automotive Engineering program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills required for engineering in all areas of the automotive sector and related industries. The Automotive Engineering program at UOIT is the only one in Canada.
Developed in consultation with industry and experts at other universities, the Automotive Engineering curriculum provides a solid grounding in fundamentals, with significant content in engineering sciences and engineering design.
Our Automotive Engineering program has a strong mechanical engineering foundation, and also includes elements of manufacturing and electrical engineering. Since Automotive Engineering is a multidisciplinary field, our program offers an interesting roster of courses from a broad range of areas.
In the first year, you study mathematics, sciences, computing and technical communications — courses that represent the foundation building blocks of most engineering programs. In the second year, you cover basic engineering courses like thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, materials properties, electrical circuits, and the mechanics of solids.
In third and fourth years, you study a range of applied and advanced automotive engineering courses including vehicle dynamics and control, automotive design, and combustion and engines. In addition, the upper two years cover important courses in mechanical, electrical and manufacturing engineering including computer-aided design, dynamics of machines, mechatronics, control systems and robotics.
State-of-the-art laboratories and facilities are being developed to support the program, including laboratories for a wide range of automotive, mechanical and manufacturing technologies. Our 10,000-square-foot Integrated Manufacturing Centre showcases advanced and industrial-scale manufacturing and automation technologies.
Complementary studies, including collaborative leadership, economics, and ethics and law for professionals, promote a broader understanding of the needs of society and technology's impact on it. Students gain technical expertise along with the understanding of business and humanities required for an integrated approach to the automotive industry.
Engineering and Management Program
Students can choose to complement their technical studies in this engineering program with business and management courses by opting for the five-year Engineering and Management program that corresponds to this discipline.