I use science to be an Automotive Design Engineer

Name: Kieran Dennington
Job Title: Automotive Design Engineer

Name: Kieran Dennington
Job Title: Automotive Design Engineer

Kieran is an Automotive Design Engineer at Riversimple, a Welsh company that manufactures a Hydrogen-powered vehicle. Kieran is responsible for the design and development of mechanical components that go into the car and must think about the strength, weight and efficiency of the components in his designs. He completed a degree in Aerospace Engineering and joined the university’s Formula Student team, where students get to try to build a competitive racing car. His love of driving and passion for sustainability led him to Riversimple.

Kieran is an Automotive Design Engineer at Riversimple, a Welsh company that manufactures a Hydrogen-powered vehicle. Kieran is responsible for the design and development of mechanical components that go into the car and must think about the strength, weight and efficiency of the components in his designs. He completed a degree in Aerospace Engineering and joined the university’s Formula Student team, where students get to try to build a competitive racing car. His love of driving and passion for sustainability led him to Riversimple.

Science is not just about one kind of individual."

Science is very critical for doing my job and pretty much any sort of engineering. In materials science, you need to understand the material properties to get the best out of the materials that you’re using.

It opens up so many possibilities and opportunities. Science is not just about one kind of individual. You have some scientists who are very analytical and very ‘mathsy’ and you have some who are very creative.

Science is not just about one kind of individual."

Science is very critical for doing my job and pretty much any sort of engineering. In materials science, you need to understand the material properties to get the best out of the materials that you’re using.

It opens up so many possibilities and opportunities. Science is not just about one kind of individual. You have some scientists who are very analytical and very ‘mathsy’ and you have some who are very creative.

Career Path

Automotive engineers design and build cars and motorbikes.
There are two main routes into this job:

A University Degree

Some universities offer automotive engineering as a subject, but there are other courses such as mechanical or electrical engineering which will also let you specialise in automotive aspects. Courses often get you a work placement or an internship at a company whilst you study. To get onto one of these degrees, you will probably need 1-3 A-levels – subjects such as Maths and Physics will particularly help.

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An Apprenticeship

This study option is usually much more ‘hands-on’ than the pure degree option. With many apprenticeships, you will work directly for a company which may sponsor you through a degree or a foundation degree. Obtaining a degree this way will usually take longer, but you will get more direct experience whilst you do it. You’ll usually need 4/5+ GCSE at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) to get an apprenticeship, as well as A-levels (Maths and Physics will help) to get a degree apprenticeship.

Career Path

Automotive engineers design and build cars and motorbikes.
There are two main routes into this job:

A University Degree

Some universities offer automotive engineering as a subject, but there are other courses such as mechanical or electrical engineering which will also let you specialise in automotive aspects. Courses often get you a work placement or an internship at a company whilst you study. To get onto one of these degrees, you will probably need 1-3 A-levels – subjects such as Maths and Physics will particularly help.

An Apprenticeship

This study option is usually much more ‘hands-on’ than the pure degree option. With many apprenticeships, you will work directly for a company which may sponsor you through a degree or a foundation degree. Obtaining a degree this way will usually take longer, but you will get more direct experience whilst you do it. You’ll usually need 4/5+ GCSE at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) to get an apprenticeship, as well as A-levels (Maths and Physics will help) to get a degree apprenticeship.

More information
Getting experience will help. You could ask manufacturing and engineering companies in your local area, or car repair garages.
Many automotive and design engineers use Computer Aided Design (CAD) to draw up plans for cars or even individual parts.
There are many different CAD software options, some of them free with YouTube tutorials that will explain how to use them.
A simple CAD tool to get you started is TinkerCAD. It is made by Autodesk, who make many of the industry-standard softwares that engineers use daily.

More information

 
Getting experience will help. You could ask manufacturing and engineering companies in your local area, or car repair garages.
Many automotive and design engineers use Computer Aided Design (CAD) to draw up plans for cars or even individual parts.
There are many different CAD software options, some of them free with YouTube tutorials that will explain how to use them.
A simple CAD tool to get you started is TinkerCAD. It is made by Autodesk, who make many of the industry-standard softwares that engineers use daily.