Vehicle Design and Engineering

Common Job Titles

  • Aerospace engineer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Cognitive psychologist
  • Computer engineer
  • Electrical engineer
  • Human factors scientist or engineer
  • Industrial engineer
  • Mechanical engineer
  • Safety engineer
  • Vehicle dynamics engineer

Where you might work:

  • Airline or aerospace company
  • Energy company
  • Insurance company
  • Research lab
  • Vehicle company

What you might do:

  • Design electric or hybrid vehicles
  • Design engines that get better mileage
  • Design a vehicle that drives itself
  • Develop technology that prevents crashes
  • Evaluate vehicles for safety
  • Use a simulator to study driver distraction

At the U of M:


What a recent grad says:

Shawn Brovold“As a student at the University of Minnesota, I gained valuable experience through my graduate research and student activities. Coming from a recognized program and having had those experiences helped me land the job I wanted in vehicle safety research. I now get the unique opportunity to research cutting-edge safety systems based on vehicle-to-vehicle communication.”

– Shawn Brovold (MS ’06), product development engineer, Active Safety Research and Innovation, Ford Motor Company