Automotive Engineering

Automotive Engineering

Automotive major at University & Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

May 9, 2022



RUN Savuth

What is Automotive Engineering?

Automotive engineering is an important part of the automotive industry. A person who graduated from an automotive engineering course is called an automotive engineer. Automotive engineers help to design new vehicles and ensure that existing cars are up to standard and work efficiently. They also work on vehicles in a broader sense and are involved in everything from designing and developing new vehicles to improving performance. On the other hand, an auto mechanic who diagnoses and repairs vehicles, typically in a garage. 


So What the Difference between an Automotive Engineer & an Auto Mechanic

While they both work with vehicles, automotive engineers and auto mechanics differ in the focus on auto research, development and design versus maintenance and repair. Automotive engineers work behind the scenes to come up with ideas for new vehicle technologies and improve existing components. Auto Mechanics instead work with their hands on vehicles to perform services for customers at auto shops and stores. An auto mechanic fixes and replaces their parts for customers including repairing the vehicle’s mechanical element, diagnosing problems with cars/trucks and performing maintenance work on them as well.  

This contrast in work duties requires disparate education requirements and skill sets, but both careers are similar in having a good job outlook.


What Do Automotive Engineers Do?

Automotive engineers, also referred to as “automobile engineers”, work with other engineers to enhance the technical performance, aesthetics and software of vehicles. Common responsibilities of an automotive engineer include designing and testing various components of vehicles, such as fuel technologies and safety systems. 

They come up with and design new vehicle models or vehicle systems using engineer design software.


Types of Jobs after Graduate

Those who have earned an undergraduate degree in this field are eligible to apply to the workforce as engineers. The following are common jobs that an aspiring automotive engineer may pursue:

  • Automotive Engineering Technician
  • Automotive Design Engineer
  • Automobile Designer
  • Driver Instrumentation Engineer
  • Senior Production Engineer
  • Automotive Sales Engineer
  • Service Engineer
  • Automotive Technician


How Many Schools in Cambodia Provide This Course?

There are many institutes and colleges in Cambodia which provide related skills in these fields. Here are following institutes you should know:

  • National Polytechnic Institute of Cambodia (NPIC)
  • CamTech University
  • Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ITC
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