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Automotive Engineering in the era of Green Technology

Automotive Engineering in the era of Green Technology

Automotive Engineering in the era of Green Technology

Get ready to shift into top gear with our latest YouTube podcast episode! Join us as we sit down with Bastiaan Reymer, an automotive technologies lecturer at Thomas More University. With a wealth of experience in electronics and programming, Bastiaan is the perfect guide to explore the diverse and rewarding career opportunities available within automotive engineering. From cutting-edge green technologies to the latest developments in autonomous vehicles, we’ll cover it all in this fast-paced and informative episode. Don’t miss out – tune in now!

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This episode focuses on careers in Automobile Engineering in the Era of the Green Technology. Bastiaan Reymer, an Automobile Technologies Lecturer at Thomas More University of Applied Sciences, shares expert insights and handy tips with students. He outlines what students need to do succeed, how they can choose the right internship and what makes Belgium a great place to study Automobile Engineering.

Key takeaways:

  • Automotive engineering is evolving due to factors such as electric and autonomous vehicles, battery technology, and changing consumer preferences, but remains a significant global sector.
  • A successful career in automotive engineering requires problem-solving, attention to detail, teamwork, and communication skills, along with adaptability to emerging technologies.
  • As the automotive industry continues to incorporate more advanced electronics and software into vehicles, proficiency in computer programming has become an increasingly vital skill for automotive engineers to possess.
  • The industry faces challenges such as transitioning to sustainable technologies and meeting consumer demands, requiring innovation and collaboration.
  • Belgium provides career opportunities in automotive engineering, with a focus on sales, engineering, and R&D, and practical learning approaches from universities like Thomas More University.

Q. What career opportunities are available for international students in Belgium in the field of automotive engineering?

A: International students interested in Automotive Engineering in Belgium can explore opportunities in sales, engineering, and research and development (R&D). The Thomas More University of Applied Sciences offers a hands-on approach to learning, providing students with practical experience that prepares them for these types of roles. Graduates may work in R&D facilities or as expert technicians, focusing on rare problems that require careful attention. Additionally, the university’s requirement for a practical bachelor thesis in the final year allows students to work on real-world projects, further enhancing their skills and making them attractive candidates to potential employers.

Q: What initiatives have been taken by the automotive industry to adopt Green Technologies?

A: The automotive industry has been proactively embracing Green Technology through various initiatives. This includes the development of internal combustion engines that comply with regulations and reduce emissions, alongside the introduction of hybrid technologies that blend electric drivetrains with traditional engines. Additionally, the industry has been investing in pure electric vehicles, relying entirely on batteries for propulsion. Furthermore, battery disposal concerns have been addressed by the industry’s commitment to sustainable design practices, such as battery recycling incorporated into the design process.

Q. What is some helpful advice you could give to young automotive engineers who wish to succeed in this industry?

One helpful tip Bastiaan shares is to gain experience by working in a larger multinational company. While your experience may be less hands-on, you’ll learn about structures and mockup designs. On the other hand, interning at a smaller startup can provide you with the opportunity to work on projects that can make a real difference. Regardless of where you work, keep an open mind, be critical of the data you learn, and don’t hesitate to ask questions. These practices will help you to enhance your learning experience and succeed in the industry.

Q: How important is Computer Programming in Automotive Engineering?

A: Computer Programming has become increasingly important in Automotive Engineering as more vehicles are incorporating advanced electronics and software. For example, programming is used in the development of automated driving systems, infotainment systems, and other vehicle functions. Understanding programming languages such as C++, Python, and Java can help automotive engineers design, develop, and test these systems. As a result, students pursuing a degree in Automotive Engineering should be comfortable with basic programming concepts and languages.

Q. What are the major challenges facing the automotive industry today?

A: The automotive industry is facing several significant challenges, including the urgent need to transition towards more sustainable and eco-friendly technologies. This requires the development of electric vehicles, advancements in battery technology, and emission reductions from conventional combustion engines. Additionally, the industry is grappling with the scarcity of skilled labor, adapting to evolving consumer preferences, and keeping up with the rapid pace of technological advancements.

Q. What unique advantages does Flanders offer to students as an automotive hub?

According to Bastiaan, Flanders offers several unique advantages for those interested in the automotive industry. Firstly, Flanders has a strong track record of universities that are part of the top 100 international universities, offering exceptional education. Located in the center of Europe, Flanders also provides easy access to nearby cities like Paris, London, and Amsterdam. Additionally, Flanders has top-notch test facilities and is particularly skilled in designing parts for vehicles. With its proximity to Germany, Flanders also offers the opportunity to work closely with renowned corporations like the Development Center of Ford in Cologne.

Q: What are some of the crucial skills are for a successful career in Automotive Engineering?

A: A career in Automotive Engineering demands various essential skills, such as exceptional problem-solving abilities, attention to detail, effective communication, and teamwork. Strong knowledge of mechanics, electronics, and computer programming is also critical. Furthermore, a keen interest in staying updated with the latest industry trends and technologies and having a passion for automobiles can be advantageous for aspiring automotive engineers.

Q. With the market shifting towards electric vehicles, will Mechanical Engineers continue to play an important role in the automotive industry?

The role of mechanical engineers will not disappear anytime soon. Regardless of whether a vehicle is powered by batteries, gasoline, or diesel; for instance, a vehicle’s design must account for its dynamics when going over bumps, which requires the expertise of mechanical engineers. Even in companies like Tesla, where innovative approaches are taken for production, mechanical engineers still play a vital role in the design process.

Podcast Host: Amit Ahuja, Associate Director, Communications & Digital, Zista Education
Podcast Guest: Bastiaan Reymer, Lecturer, Thomas More University, Belgium
Video & Audio Editing: Raj Soni, Communications Associate, Zista Education
Podcast Manager: Russel Aldridge, Sr. Manager, Creative & Digital, Zista Education
Podcast Transcript: Tanya Kakka, Freelance Copywriter