While walking on the streets, when you come across high-end luxurious cars like Ferrari, Porsche, Range Rover, Jaguar, Lamborghini, BMW, Audi, have you ever in the slightest of your imagination thought – who are the designers or the makers of these grandiose machines? Well, you can also be the designer or developer of these amazing machines. If you have love and passion for such machines, then a career in Automobile Engineering can be a possible choice for you.

Careers360 brings you in-depth insight of this engineering domain with details on career opportunities, job profile and top engineering colleges offering this course.

Automobile Industry: An Overview- Scope and Growth

The Indian automobile industry is one of the fastest growing industries under the ambit of Indian economy. According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturer (SIAM)(2015), India is the seventh largest producer in the world with an average annual production of 17.5 million vehicles. The country is also the fourth largest automotive market by volume.


Automobile sector contributes seven per cent of the country’s GDP by volume.The industry is growing and evolving at a brisk pace.As per industry estimates, the sector is expected to sell 6 million plus vehicles by 2020. According to the latest reports by SIAM, April-March 2015, overall automobile exports grew by 14.89 percent over the same period last year. Thus, India is a potential emerging automobile market and jobs in the automobile industry are also increasing significantly.

The government is also coming up with automotive mission plan-2 which aims making India a global leader in two and four wheeler segment by 2020. Also the “Make in India” campaign brings a high level of confidenceamong the domestic as well as global investors in this vibrant sector also.

Thus, there isplethora of opportunities for the new generation of automobile engineers.The industry needs enthusiast engineers, who have fresh, distinct and innovative ideas for the production of more and more such sophisticated machines.

Fast facts about Indian Automobile Industry:

  • 7thlargest automobile producer in the world

  • Production of 17.5 million vehicles annually

  • 4th largest automotive market by volume

  • 14.89 percent growth rate in exports

  • New automotive mission plan-2(2016-26)

  • ‘Make in India campaign’ – focusing on building India a ‘manufacturing hub’

What is Automobile Engineering?

Automobile Engineering is the sub branch of Mechanical Engineering, also known as automotive engineering or vehicle engineering. The automobile industry includes automobiles and auto components sectors.

The Automobile engineering course caters to the creation and maintenance of automobiles, right from designing the vehicles to manufacturing components, assembling them, testing them for safety, repairing and maintaining. It also enables the engineers to explore new areas, create new avenues in the fields of R&D and develop their talent in new technologies.

How to pursue Automobile Engineering?

The students, who wish to pursue Automobile Engineering should have passed higher secondary board exam from a recognized board in India with Science- Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. Some of the top colleges in Automobile Engineering are listed below: 

Top colleges for studying Automobile Engineering (under Mechanical Engineering Branch)-

10 Most Popular IITs-

10 Most Popular NITs-

Most Popular IIITs & GFTIs-

 Other popular private universities-

Duration of UG degree in Automobile Engineering: 4 Years, Full Time

Course fee:The average course fee for B.Tech in Automobile Engineering in IITs is nearly Rs.1 Lakh.


Employment opportunities:

Automobile industry requires huge numbers of engineers to tap the untapped spaces domestically and overseas. The industry has an increased international penetration besides meeting the advancing domestic demands.Since the industrial expansion is phenomenal, automobile engineering is seen as a promising career option among the young aspirants.


The industry offers multiplicity of roles for skilled professionals. Some of the job roles are as follows:

  • Designing, development and manufacturing of vehicles

  • Preparing blueprint of vehicle and its components

  • Using traditional as well as most advanced technologies to engineer vehicles

  • Workingas maintenance and services engineers in automobile workshops, aircraft industries, aviation, marine vessels, and diesel power stations

Job Profiles:

  • Automobile Technicians:Thesetechnicians are generally responsible for servicing, repairing and overall maintenance of vehicles.

  • Car Mechanics:This segment is full of multiple opportunities as there are several brands, which have made significant presence in India as well as overseas. There are some Indian brands, which have strong presence in other countries as well, for example Jaguar by TATA.

  • Bike Mechanics: Many high-end globally recognized brands like Harley Davidson and Triumph are expanding at a brisk pace. They also have a strong grip in the metropolitan cities of India. There is an urgent requirement of automobile engineers in this segment.

  • Diesel Mechanics:They are responsible for repairing and maintenance of diesel engines.

  • Automobile Designers: These designers are responsible for working onshape, size, etc. of vehicles. Every feature of the car requires an expert designer to design it.

  • Executive and Managerial Positions

Core subjects:

The core subjects of Automobile Engineering include the following subjects:

  • Transmission Principles

  • Engine Electrical systems

  • Circuits and Electronics

  • Engine Principles

  • Power train Systems

  • Automotive Design and Manufacturing

  • Steering and Suspension

  • Fuel and Emission Control Systems

  • Fluid Mechanics

  • Heat Transfer

Top Recruiters:


Top companies recruiting automobile engineers are as follows-


Maruit-Suzuki-Logo-LatestPriceinIndiaMaruti Suzuki

ashokLeylandAshok Leyland

mahindra-and-mahindra-logoMahindra & Mahindra


Hero-HondaHero Honda





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Electronics and Communication Engineering

Aeronautical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering


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