Automobile Engineering course, scope, jobs and salary details

Last Updated on July 27, 2023 by Vishnu Nambiar

In this article, we will have an in-depth analysis of B.E./B.Tech. Automobile Engineering course. It is an Undergraduate Level Bachelor’s Degree program that Science stream students with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects may pursue after completing their 10+2 schooling. In this article, you will find information such as basic course details, course duration, important subjects present, eligibility criteria, courses to do after B.E./B.Tech. Automobile Engineering, scope and job opportunities.


This course will suit students who are interested in design, working and manufacturing of vehicles and their parts. Having skills such as sketching, imagination, creativity as well as problem solving skills will help one take on this course easily and help build a rewarding career in Automobile manufacturing and design sector.


Let us take a look at some of the basic course details and course duration details-


B.E./B.Tech. Automobile Engineering: Basic course details

It is a 4 years long Undergraduate Level Bachelor’s Degree program. The 4 years’ duration is divided into 8 semesters, with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. During each semester, students will have to face separate sets of theoretical subjects as well as practical lab and workshop sessions associated with those subjects.


Automobile Engineering focuses on topics such as design, manufacturing and working of vehicles such as cars, buses, motorcycles etc. The program focuses on tools, engines, machinery, electrical and electronics systems used in vehicles as well as in manufacturing them. Also, subjects like cost estimation, plant processes and management, CAD, safety aspects, research and development are also covered in the course.


Apart from subjects focusing on the topic of Automobiles and their parts, the course also contains lots of subjects and topics drawn from B.E./B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering program.


To get a better idea about the course structure and nature of the program, I’ve prepared a list of very important subjects present in B.E./B.Tech. Automobile Engineering program. Let us take a look at it-


B.E./B.Tech. Automobile Engineering: Important subjects present

Note that only important subjects have been listed. This has been done so that readers may get a basic idea about the course structure.


In case of 1st and 2nd semesters, common set of Engineering subjects are present.

  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Communication Skills
  • Environmental Science
  • Elements of Electrical Engineering
  • Elements of Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Solids
  • Basics of Civil Engineering
  • Computer Programming and Utilization


From 3rd semester onwards, subjects focusing on Automobile manufacturing, designing, machinery, parts etc are introduced.

  • Machine Design and Industrial Drafting
  • Electrical Machines and Electronics
  • Material Science
  • Manufacturing Process
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Dynamics of Machines
  • Mechanics of Deformable bodies
  • Automobile Engines
  • Automobile Systems
  • Control Engineering
  • Power Electronics
  • Automobile Maintenance
  • Management
  • Component Design
  • Heat Transfer in Automobiles
  • Automobile Chassis and Body Engineering
  • Quality Checking and Management
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Mechanical Measurements
  • Automobile System Design
  • Automobile Air Conditioning System
  • Automobile Electrical and Electronics System
  • Computer Software and CAD
  • Hydraulics and Pneumatics
  • Military/Special purpose Vehicles Design
  • Two Wheeler/Three Wheeler Design and Technology
  • Alternative Fuels and Engines
  • Aerodynamics
  • Cost Estimation
  • Plant Assembly Processes


Some of the above mentioned subjects are recurring ones, meaning that they will appear in more than one semester. Examples of recurring subjects are- Engineering Mathematics, Manufacturing Process etc.


Workshop and practical sessions also plays an important role throughout B.E./B.Tech. Automobile Engineering course. In the final and pre final year, Industrial training and Project work will take a very important place!


Eligibility Criteria

10+2 Science stream students, with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics subjects, who have passed 12th board examination from a recognized board are eligible to pursue this course. Students must also have taken part in State level entrance examination to be considered eligible to take part in admission process.


Courses to do after B.E./B.Tech. Automobile Engineering

M.E./M.Tech. in Automobile Engineering is the best technical course that Graduates may pursue after B.E./B.Tech. Automobile Engineering program. After that, if one is interested in the field of research, then one may even go for PhD course!


If it is acquiring management skills that a student wants, he/she may also go for M.B.A. program.


Diploma as well as certificate courses related to Computer Aided Design will also help Graduates improve their skills and qualifications.


Scope, Salary and Job opportunities


Automobile Engineering career prospects

Automobile manufacturing firms as well as firms supplying parts and tools to the Automobile Industry are the prime recruiters. Starting salary depends on a number of factors such as quality of the College from which the course has been pursued, academic performance, aptitude of the candidate etc. Generally it is between 3-5 Lakh Rupees per year.


Also read: Best Job oriented Technical courses to get job


B.E./B.Tech. Automobile Engineering graduates may land the following job posts in Automobile Industry-

  • Automobile Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Material Processing Specialist
  • Safety Testing Specialist
  • Material purchase manager
  • Quality Control Executive
  • Research and Development Engineer


After M.E./M.Tech. program, one may take up teaching job at Engineering or other Technical Colleges and Institutes. After PhD, one may work as Research and Development professional also!

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37 thoughts on “Automobile Engineering course, scope, jobs and salary details”

  1. Hello, actually im confused betw. Btech in automobile and mechanical .engineering
    Means if i do mechanical engineering then how can i understand the m tech in automobile …like i have not done basics in automobile engineering soo ….the point is ki doing mechanical engineering after that m tech in automobile is good ki doing btech in automobile engineering after that m tech in automobile is good ? ….plzzzz help me out of this pzzz…

    • If you are getting admission for B.Tech. Auto Engineering in a good college, go for it. Otherwise, you may pursue B.Tech. Mech engineering and follow it up with M.Tech. Automobile engineering from a good college.

  2. I am goutham , i have completed 12 an waiting for the result iam very confused what course to choose and i loved automobile and mechanical engineering in your point of view which is the best couse in future

  3. Hi i am studying in 10th CBSE board class and i want to know that what i have to do after completing 10th and which subjects in should choose and in which college i should join . I am worried about my future so please advice me. I will be your thankful

  4. I have passed 12 th science with 79% , i am very much interested in automobile engineering, but if i opt for automobile engineering then i will be specialised in that which will become an issue if ever there is any crisis for job opportunities in this sector ,,, so should i enter into this field through mechanical engineering or automobile engineering (as mechanical engineering provide far wider range of options)

    • If you are concerned about being too one dimensional, you may complete Mechanical Engineering first and then complete Master’s Automobile Engineering program.

  5. sir , i have completed 12th standard with 93% but i am very confused what course to choose, but i love bikes and cars so i am little bit interessted in automobile engineering , so here is my question , ‘is it is better to do automobile engineering in india or it is better to do in foreign’. and i wish to get a high salary, so is it is better to work in india or abroad?

    • If you pursue the course from premier institutes in India, it will be good. Foreign universities are very good, many of them. But the cost will be high. In India, automobile manufacturing industry is growing well. There’s enough scope in India. If you have required skills and patience, you may build a rewarding career here in India.

      If you are really talented, foreign companies will come looking for you.

  6. Sir, I am a passed out studend from mechanical diploma nd I m frm poor family I dont have enough financial support to do degree as well as engineering and I am intrested in automibles what I do for my future I cant understand plze help me Sir

    • Aniket, you may do Master’s course in Automobile Engineering to increase your chances of finding a job in this industry. Based on your present qualification also, you may find a job.

  7. I am Rohit.I still haven’t completed my studies.But I think automobile engineering will be a right job for me.Is there a good scope for the Job in India.?I have opinions of studying it in Usa and taking up job there.Is Usa recruiting Indian automobile engineers.Is they a good score in Usa for indian engineers? Should I go there or study it here itself.?I look forward for your kind help.

    • Rohit, if you are getting admission in a good college in India, you may stay here. But studying from a good institute in USA has its own advantages like- learning experience, international exposure and high quality study material.

  8. Hello sir,I’m pursuing my in electronics and communications in one of the top private engineering colleges in india and I’m at the end of my 2nd year.EC was not my first choice basically.I wanted to pursue automobile DESIGNING actually.So is there any scope of doing auto designing after my btech.If possible what should I be doing for that.I would be really obliged if you help me out.

  9. hi i am rajkumar i completed my automobile . my passion is on racing . i love racing . cracy on bikes . little confused whether i can do automobile or any differnt course related to my stream .

  10. hello ,i finished my B.Tech in Automobile engineering and i want to do MBA ,which stream is good except marketing
    Kindly help me

  11. Hi I’m Mr. TOKO Techir, now iam studieng 3 years Diploma in automobile engineering , this year iam gonna complete my diploma, now iam lots of confused due to interested in both the branch mechanical and automobile engineering. Which one can i select….

  12. I am pursuing automobile engineering currently I am in 8 th I am realized that job created in automobile engineering is very less.what should I do ?I have made 69 % in btech.

    • Ranjan, is there no scope for placement in your College? If necessary, you may go for PG courses and specialize in a good discipline within the field of Automobile Engineering. Motorsport is one such field. Another good step will be to go for Management courses.

  13. i am Raaj. i am interested in doing career in Automobile industry. i will be completing my diploma in Automobile engineering by this may… so shall i continue my B.E in Automobile engineering itself or may i switch to mechanical engineering for better job options….?? and i am alse thinking of doing MBA after my B.E is completed.

    • Raaj, it would be better to go for B.E./B.Tech. in Automobile Engineering. After completing it, you may either start looking for work or go for M.Tech. programs. A good PG course is- Motorsport Engineering.

  14. I am Ganesh I was completed btech in mechanical engineering but I was very much interested in designing of automobiles and Also I wanted to do work in R&D design engineer . how can I proceed to got my dream ,can u please help me to show my route

  15. Sir,
    I had completed my 3 year diploma in automobile engineering and currently studying B.E in mechanical engineering. My major interest of job category is to become a n automobile engineer. I would be so happy if i got a job in automobile sector. But i don’t know how to get a job which i desire.. I like to work mostly in automobile intustry plants an manufacturing units… also i am interested in designing sections….i confused of taking which courses to follow up after my completion of B.E……or try to get a better job…What should i do to get a better job?….

    • Chandrakant, based on your Diploma experience, you may apply for jobs in Automobile sector. If you want to improve your chances, going for an M.Tech. course focusing on Automobile Engineering will help. Also, Computer Aided Drawing course will also be of help.


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