Automotive Engineering Part-Time Job Ideas

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BenGodfrey
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I have just finished the second year of my automotive engineering course and i severely lack practical experience. I have called round all my local mechanics to be an assistant (about 20) and none of them can have me. I am struggling to think of another job that would lend me practical experience for an automotive engineering career. Any ideas?
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Depends on your career goals, but generally internships (summer and 12-months) are the best, however it seems it could be a bit late now for such programs. Check gradcracker.com

Normally large companies start recruiting in October through December with first day of work in June/July the following year. Usually there are hundreds if not thousands of opportunities open across the UK, at the moment there are a few dozen that match your degree specialisation. You'll have more options if you were able to move for the duration of the program, that's what I did for my manufacturing engineering internship a few years back as I didn't have many options where I lived.

Don't be discouraged though, see if you can get some mechanical or manufacturing engineering experience instead of focusing on automotive only. From employer point of view, I'd be more willing to interview a candidate that has some relevant engineering experience, especially if the candidate is a recent graduate, regardless of the industry they acquired their experience in.

Even if you struggle to find any work this summer, just remember to start looking for graduate opportunities and internships in October this year so that you can secure your first work for summer 2023.

You haven't mentioned what were your career goals, but I'm not entirely sure that working in a garage would be the best kind of engineering experience, better than nothing for sure, but Automotive engineering is a very wide industry that employs all kinds of engineering professionals, applicable to you would be - mechanical design engineering (CAD, material science, fluid dynamics) and manufacturing engineering (automation, mechatronics, robotics, lean, design of test and assembly lines), rather than simply repairing cars.

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Well a summer internship would be ideal although your probably way way too late to get one at a professional automotive engineering role in a manufacturer/tier 1/similar.

A job in general will help your resume, and of course its also money.
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(Original post by ThatguyAl)
Depends on your career goals, but generally internships (summer and 12-months) are the best, however it seems it could be a bit late now for such programs. Check gradcracker.com

Normally large companies start recruiting in October through December with first day of work in June/July the following year. Usually there are hundreds if not thousands of opportunities open across the UK, at the moment there are a few dozen that match your degree specialisation. You'll have more options if you were able to move for the duration of the program, that's what I did for my manufacturing engineering internship a few years back as I didn't have many options where I lived.

Don't be discouraged though, see if you can get some mechanical or manufacturing engineering experience instead of focusing on automotive only. From employer point of view, I'd be more willing to interview a candidate that has some relevant engineering experience, especially if the candidate is a recent graduate, regardless of the industry they acquired their experience in.

Even if you struggle to find any work this summer, just remember to start looking for graduate opportunities and internships in October this year so that you can secure your first work for summer 2023.

You haven't mentioned what were your career goals, but I'm not entirely sure that working in a garage would be the best kind of engineering experience, better than nothing for sure, but Automotive engineering is a very wide industry that employs all kinds of engineering professionals, applicable to you would be - mechanical design engineering (CAD, material science, fluid dynamics) and manufacturing engineering (automation, mechatronics, robotics, lean, design of test and assembly lines), rather than simply repairing cars.

All the best,
Al
Thank you, this is very helpful. I will aim my sights on broader mechanical engineering/ manufacturing experience starting in a October.
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