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May
3

How To Become An Automotive Engineer At A Major Car Company

Image by Jason Torchinsky

Image by Jason Torchinsky

What It TakesTrue stories of the amazing women who work in cars.

A question I get a lot from younger readers is: How can I become an automotive engineer for a major car company? The answer is that there are many avenues to that goal, which is why—in addition to telling my own tale about how I scored my dream engineering job at Fiat Chrysler—I compiled stories from Ford, Nissan, Honda, Fiat Chrysler, and GM engineers.

It’s the same question I used to ask people all the time when I was a middle-schooler in the small city of Leavenworth, Kansas. I was someone who didn’t live anywhere close to the car industry (unless you count dealers and the Ford plant in Kansas City), and knew little about the civilian sector in general, since I grew up in an army community. To me, the automobile industry was a dim light atop the tallest of peaks—something that I could only faintly see from a distance, a dream that mostly just felt like an impossibility.

[A quick note: This article consists of eight pages, one devoted to each engineer’s story. Once you get to the bottom of my page, click “next” to read on page two the amazing way that the Jeep Wrangler JL product planner scored his dream gig. Comments are on page nine, which I realize is a bummer. Tell me your thoughts on how this new format works for a long feature like this one. I think it breaks things up well, but I’m unsure.]

Let The Passion Drive You

I was 13 years old, but for years and years, I carried that dream right there in my chest pocket, never letting go and using it to shape each and every major life decision I made.

My goal, to be specific, was to work for Chrysler, as I wrote on a flashlight forum (don’t judge) post back in July of 2006, when I was a mere 14 years old:

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A former classmate, whose dad owned an awesome third-generation Ram 1500 (with the billet grille!), recently sent me a photo of our eighth-grade yearbook, in which I wrote: “Dodge Rams rule!”

Look at this Chrysler nerd:

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I vividly remember a Chrysler Ride and Drive event in Kansas City that I convinced my family to attend, and we always went to the Kansas City Auto Show. Here’s my 16-year-old self crawling all over Jeeps in 2008; the JK Wrangler was still a relatively new vehicle, and I was obsessed:

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I even took a photo of myself (using a digital camera because this was before the proliferation of smartphones) in the 2008 Jeep Liberty, which—while new at the time—was a pretty crappy Jeep. But a man in love sees no flaws:

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Never mind, even I knew a crappy car when I saw one (see caption):

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Also new in 2008 was the Challenger:

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And the “DS” Ram:

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Now that I think about it, 2008 was a

Apr
1

Auto Parts Shop Carrying All Major Brands in Stock

COVID-19 BUSINESS HOURS UPDATE

(As Of 3/24/20 – Subject To Changes Without Advanced Notice)

Monday 7:30am – 5:30pm (General Public)
* Tuesday 7:30am – 8:30am (Kupuna Hour Ages 60 and Older or Persons of High Risk Only)
** Tuesday 8:30am – 5:30pm (General Public)
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Or
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If Yes, to protect yourself and others, please stay at home.

If you have no other option to get the parts you need please remain in your vehicle and give us a call. We will be glad to assist you in other ways such as a phone in credit card order and have someone bring your parts out to you.

Here at Automotive Supply Center we are committed to remain open for normal business for as long as possible during this difficult time. We are taking all the recommended and necessary precautions required at this time to protect both our Employees and our Community Members by washing or sanitizing our hands frequently and also sanitizing frequently touched surfaces.

For more information regarding the Covid-19 (Corona Virus).
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Mar
31

Major World | Car Dealer in Long Island City, NY

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The advertised price is the price for this vehicle in its current condition. Any body work requested by the customer would be an additional cost. The price does not include sales tax, vehicle registration fees, cost of additional requests by customer, finance charges, processing charges, any other fees required by law. Processing fee in New York is $75. We attempt to update this inventory on a regular basis. However, there can be lag time between the sale of a vehicle and the update of the dealer’s used car dealership.

The advertised price for this vehicle may vary if trading a vehicle in. When trading in a vehicle, often there is a “negative equity” situation, which means the value of the vehicle is less than the outstanding loan. In these scenarios, there is the possibility of rolling the negative equity into the new vehicle being purchased which could result in a price higher than listed on the internet.
Internet price may reflect cosmetic condition of the car. Car sold cosmetically as is. It might have typical wear and tear minor scratches or dents.

We try our best to procure books and extra keys from the previous owners. With that said, we do not always have spare keys, books, floormats, or other accessories for every vehicle. Therefore, in most cases we can only provide the accessories that are photographed. For instance, if we show a navigation display with a map, there is a navigation disc with the car. If you do not see it, assume the item is not included. We encourage you to email or call us if you are concerned about specific items like floor mats, spare keys, navigation discs/SD cards, DVD headsets, etc.

EPA mileage estimates are for newly manufactured vehicles only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

Before purchasing this vehicle, it is your responsibility to address any and all differences between information on this website and the actual vehicle specifications and/or any warranties offered prior to the sale of this vehicle. Vehicle data on this website is compiled from publicly available sources believed by the publisher to be reliable. Vehicle data is subject to change without notice. The publisher assumes no responsibility for errors and/or omissions in this data the compilation of this data and makes no representations express or implied to any actual or prospective purchaser of the vehicle as to the condition of the vehicle, vehicle specifications, ownership, vehicle history, equipment/accessories, price or warranties.