Career Options in Automobile Industry

The automobile industry in India has contributed immensely to the growth of the automobile sector in the country. According to statistical data furnished by the Automotive Mission Plan, Department of Heavy Industry, Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises, Government of India, the auto sector contributed 5.20% to India’s GDP, 7.20% in the year 2010, and by the year 2016, the figure is expected to escalate to 10.40%.

Basically, the automobile industry in the country is segregated into the following sectors- 3 wheelers, commercial vehicles, passenger cars, and 2 wheelers.

Every sector requires skilled professionals to look into the operations of manufacturing, selling, repairing, and improving the existing models of the cars. This has in turn given rise to a large number of working professionals in this sector thereby generating employment opportunities for millions.

It is also important to have the desired expertise to fix, design or engineer vehicles in the country. So, this has allowed the innumerable colleges and universities in the country to offer courses for the working professionals in this sector.

Read on to find out the career options in the automobile industry in India, the colleges offering courses, cost of the courses, eligibility criteria for getting enrolled into one such course, and how much is the salary of a professional engaged in this sector for earning his livelihood.

Courses Offered

Different levels of courses are offered in automotive sector in India. They are given below-

Degree programs - B.E/B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering and M.Tech in Mechanical Engineering (specialization in CAD/CAM Automation, Machine Design, Automobile India Engineering)
Eligibility Criteria - Pass in 10+2 with Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry
Duration of the course- 4 years for undergraduate and 2 years for post graduate program.

Diploma programs - Licentiate in Mechanical Engineering, Post Diploma in Automobile Engineering, and Post Diploma in Robotics & Automation
Eligibility criteria - Passed class X, class XII, or graduation
Duration - 3 years or more

Certificate Course Programs - Certificate in Engineering Mechanics and Certificate in Applied Thermodynamics
Eligibility Criteria - Pass in class XII with Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics
Duration - 6 months-1 year

Institutes Offering Automobile Courses in India

Many colleges and universities offer courses related to automobile training/manufacturing in India. Names of these institutes are listed below-

  • Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University in Delhi
  • Sathyabama University in Chennai
  • Manav Rachna International University in Faridabad(NCR Region)
  • Singhania University in Rajasthan
  • University of Petroleum & Energy Studies in Dehradun
  • VIT University in Vellore
  • PSGS College of Technology in Coimbatore
  • Manipal University
  • Bongaigaon Polytechnic in Assam
  • New Government Polytechnic in Bihar
  • Dr B.R Ambedkar Government Polytechnic in Maharashtra

Training methodologies

Usually the following methods are followed in imparting training to the students in the automobile sector. They are-

CBT or Computer Based Training
Regular classrooms

Course Cost

The cost of a course related to the automobile industry varies according to the type of course selected. To cite an example, the fee structure of undergraduate program in automobile engineering is given below-

Name of the course -

B.E in Automobile Engineering – Manipal University
Fees for Semester 1 is 187000 rupees
Fees for Semester 2 is 182000 rupees
Semester 3 attracts fee of 182000 rupees
Fourth Semester attracts a fee of 182000 rupees

The total cost incurred on automobile engineering in Manipal University is 733000 rupees.


Taking the example of Manipal University, around 16.29 crore rupees has been allocated for scholarship funds for 2011 admissions. There are several other institutes that offer scholarships and free-ships to students at various academic levels.

Career prospects for students of automobile courses 

A student who has earned formal qualification in automobile course can take up any of the following career prospects to earn their livelihood. They are as follows-

  • Automobile Mechanic
  • Automobile Engineer
  • Automobile Designer
  • Auto Body and Paint Specialists
  • Automotive Technician
  • Automobile Marketing/Marketing Executive
  • Automobile Trainer

Employment facts of automobile sector in India

The table below highlights the salaries (approximate) drawn by personnel associated with automotive sector in India.

An automobile trainer’s salary increases accordingly-

Number of years of experience Salary in rupees
2 to 5 years Between 0 to 5 lakhs
6 to 8 years 5 lakhs to 10 lakhs
9 to 12 years 10 lakhs to 15 lakhs
12 to 15 years Above 15 lakhs