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Working As A Vehicle Controls Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $80,028

    Average Salary

What Does A Vehicle Controls Engineer Do

Mechanical engineering is one of the broadest engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineers research, design, develop, build, and test mechanical and thermal sensors and devices, including tools, engines, and machines.

Duties

Mechanical engineers typically do the following:

  • Analyze problems to see how mechanical and thermal devices might help solve a particular problem
  • Design or redesign mechanical and thermal devices or subsystems, using analysis and computer-aided design
  • Develop and test prototypes of devices they design
  • Analyze the test results and change the design or system as needed
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the device

Mechanical engineers design and oversee the manufacture of many products ranging from medical devices to new batteries.

Mechanical engineers design power-producing machines, such as electric generators, internal combustion engines, and steam and gas turbines, as well as power-using machines, such as refrigeration and air-conditioning systems.

Mechanical engineers design other machines inside buildings, such as elevators and escalators. They also design material-handling systems, such as conveyor systems and automated transfer stations.

Like other engineers, mechanical engineers use computers extensively. Mechanical engineers are routinely responsible for the integration of sensors, controllers, and machinery. Computer technology helps mechanical engineers create and analyze designs, run simulations and test how a machine is likely to work, interact with connected systems, and generate specifications for parts.

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How To Become A Vehicle Controls Engineer

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineers who sell services publicly must be licensed in all states and the District of Columbia.

Education

Mechanical engineers typically need a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering or mechanical engineering technology. Mechanical engineering programs usually include courses in mathematics and life and physical sciences, as well as engineering and design courses. Mechanical engineering technology programs focus less on theory and more on the practical application of engineering principles. They may emphasize internships and co-ops to prepare students for work in industry.

Some colleges and universities offer 5-year programs that allow students to obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Some 5-year or even 6-year cooperative plans combine classroom study with practical work, enabling students to gain valuable experience and earn money to finance part of their education.

ABET accredits programs in engineering and engineering technology. Most employers prefer to hire students from an accredited program. A degree from an ABET-accredited program is usually necessary to become a licensed professional engineer.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Mechanical engineers design and build complex pieces of equipment and machinery. A creative mind is essential for this kind of work.

Listening skills. Mechanical engineers often work on projects with others, such as architects and computer scientists. They must listen to and analyze different approaches made by other experts to complete the task at hand.

Math skills. Mechanical engineers use the principles of calculus, statistics, and other advanced subjects in math for analysis, design, and troubleshooting in their work.

Mechanical skills. Mechanical skills allow engineers to apply basic engineering concepts and mechanical processes to the design of new devices and systems.

Problem-solving skills. Mechanical engineers need good problem-solving skills to take scientific discoveries and use them to design and build useful products.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Licensure is not required for entry-level positions as a mechanical engineer. A Professional Engineering (PE) license, which allows for higher levels of leadership and independence, can be acquired later in one’s career. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). A PE can oversee the work of other engineers, sign off on projects, and provide services directly to the public. State licensure generally requires

  • A degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program
  • A passing score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam
  • Relevant work experience, typically at least 4 years
  • A passing score on the Professional Engineering (PE) exam

The initial FE exam can be taken after one earns a bachelor’s degree. Engineers who pass this exam are commonly called engineers in training (EITs) or engineer interns (EIs). After meeting work experience requirements, EITs and EIs can take the second exam, called the Principles and Practice of Engineering.

Several states require engineers to take continuing education to renew their licenses every year. Most states recognize licensure from other states, as long as the other state’s licensing requirements meet or exceed their own licensing requirements.

Several professional organizations offer a variety of certification programs for engineers to demonstrate competency in specific fields of mechanical engineering.

Advancement

A Ph.D. is essential for engineering faculty positions in higher education, as well as for some research and development programs. Mechanical engineers may earn graduate degrees in engineering or business administration to learn new technology, broaden their education, and enhance their project management skills. Mechanical engineers may become administrators or managers after obtaining the requisite experience.

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Vehicle Controls Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

78.2%

Female

14.3%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

54.8%

Asian

21.1%

Hispanic or Latino

10.9%

Black or African American

8.7%

Unknown

4.4%
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Languages Spoken

Chinese

15.4%

Spanish

15.4%

Japanese

11.5%

Mandarin

11.5%

Hindi

7.7%

Arabic

7.7%

Telugu

3.8%

Turkish

3.8%

Tswana

3.8%

Cantonese

3.8%

French

3.8%

Malayalam

3.8%

Persian

3.8%

Tamil

3.8%
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Vehicle Controls Engineer Education

Schools

University of California - Irvine

11.1%

University of Michigan - Dearborn

11.1%

Community College of the Air Force

8.3%

Lawrence Technological University

8.3%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

8.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

5.6%

Oakland University

5.6%

Arizona State University

5.6%

Western Michigan University

5.6%

Michigan Technological University

2.8%

University of California - Berkeley

2.8%

University of California - Merced

2.8%

Northwest Iowa Community College

2.8%

Whatcom Community College

2.8%

Clark College

2.8%

Bucknell University

2.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

2.8%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

2.8%

Ohio State University

2.8%

Pierce College at Puyallup

2.8%
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Majors

Mechanical Engineering

36.2%

Business

13.8%

Electrical Engineering

7.4%

Aerospace Engineering

5.3%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Engineering

4.3%

Automotive Technology

4.3%

Systems Engineering

3.2%

Computer Science

3.2%

Industrial Engineering

3.2%

Criminal Justice

3.2%

Finance

2.1%

Education

2.1%

Management

1.1%

Drafting And Design

1.1%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.1%

Computer Information Systems

1.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.1%

Medicine

1.1%

Project Management

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

37.6%

Bachelors

33.0%

Other

9.2%

Associate

7.3%

Doctorate

7.3%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

0.9%
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Real Vehicle Controls Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Vehicle Engineer Faraday&Future Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 04, 2016 $140,000
Advanced Vehicle Controls Software Engineer Cruise Automation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 09, 2016 $140,000
Vehicle Engineer Faraday&Future Inc. Redwood City, CA Feb 22, 2016 $140,000
Advanced Vehicle Controls Engineer Cruise Automation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 09, 2016 $140,000
Vehicle Engineer Robert Bosch LLC Palo Alto, CA Sep 01, 2015 $122,400
Electrified Vehicle/Transmission Control Interface Lead Engr FCA Us LLC Auburn Hills, MI Jan 02, 2016 $104,520
Vehicle Controls and Development Engineer GKN Driveline North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Oct 02, 2016 $103,750
Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Apr 02, 2016 $103,501 -
$109,740
Vehicle Engineer Cruise Automation, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 26, 2016 $100,000
Vehicle Dynamics Engineer RCR Enterprises, LLC. Welcome, NC Sep 01, 2014 $100,000
Vehicle Definition Engineer General Motors Company Warren, MI Jul 16, 2011 $97,200
Vehicle Dynamics Engineer (CAE) Advancement LLC Raymond, OH Oct 01, 2015 $97,000
Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Advancement LLC Raymond, OH Dec 18, 2016 $97,000
Vehicle Dynamics Engineer (CAE) Advancement LLC Raymond, OH Sep 03, 2014 $96,720
Vehicle Controls and Calibration Engineer GKN Driveline North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Apr 21, 2016 $95,000
Vehicle Controls and Calibration Engineer GKN Driveline North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Oct 31, 2016 $93,000
Vehicle Emissions Engineer Detroit Engineered Products Troy, MI Oct 19, 2016 $91,811
Vehicle Controls Research Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Aug 16, 2016 $91,354 -
$111,300
Vehicle Controls and Development Engineer GKN Driveline North America, Inc. Auburn Hills, MI Mar 26, 2015 $91,016
Engineer-Vehicle Dynamics Tesla Motors, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 05, 2014 $85,000 -
$115,000
Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Sep 25, 2013 $82,071 -
$122,040
Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Sep 25, 2013 $82,000 -
$122,040
Vehicle Engineer DAT MSX Americas Inc. Dearborn, MI Jan 20, 2016 $81,476 -
$94,165
Vehicle Analysis Engineer Altair Productdesign, Inc. Troy, MI Jul 02, 2015 $81,224
Vehicle Dynamics Engineer Chrysler Group LLC Auburn Hills, MI Sep 13, 2013 $80,040
Vehicle Controls Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Oct 25, 2010 $80,000 -
$102,120
Vehicle Controls Research Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Mar 09, 2015 $79,643 -
$109,740
Vehicle Controls Research Engineer Ford Motor Company Dearborn, MI Oct 01, 2013 $78,853 -
$107,520

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Top Skills for A Vehicle Controls Engineer

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  1. Vehicle Dynamics
  2. Powertrain
  3. Matlab
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supported vehicle dynamics testing including raw data extraction and interpretation.
  • Simulated vehicle behavior in Matlab to test controller software.
  • Analyzed top warranty returned parts to determine failure mode
  • Assisted non-engineering personnel with computer issues as a courtesy to IT Manager.
  • Conducted CAE analysis of body and exterior of GM s current and future vehicle models that involved durability analysis.

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