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Automotive engineers have long been a mainstay in both the British economy and its consciousness. Britain was at the forefront of designing and producing the first car and it remains a key player in the global automobile world. Whilst there has been a decline since the 1970s in British car manufacturers and the number of complete cars built in the UK, Britain is still in the leading few for applying new design, technology and provision of car parts to countries around the world.
The design of all motorised vehicles, including motorbikes, cars, busses and trucks, will take place under the guidance and observation of an automotive engineer. It is important to understand how complex automobiles have now become and that they are constantly improving. One change to design can lead to hundreds of others that must be made to support it. It is the job of the automotive engineer to understand all these processes and to devise solutions to heighten levels of efficiency.
There are three key stages to automotive engineering:
Engineers will usually specialise in only one. Designers principally use Computer Assisted Design Software (CAD) to draw and assess reliability, safety and cost. Developers will build prototypes and run simulations and physical tests on cars. Engineers on production will oversee the production run and will be in charge of quality control.
Britain leads the field in motorsports (Formula 1) and is a prime example of how far technology and engineering have come in the automotive trade.