A Guide To Becoming An Electric Vehicle Engineer: Part 2

This article was written by EPG, a company focused on helping electric and autonomous vehicle customers hire the best people through our industry expertise and product-specific staffing. Contributors include Joe Rooney, CEO and co-founder, and Evie Sherrer, a talented recruiter.

At EPG, we connect our customers in the electric and autonomous vehicle industry with people looking for the careers of their dreams. Our recruiters are often asked questions like “How can I get into the electric vehicle industry?” or “How can I stand out from my peers when looking for a mobile job?”

When it comes to EV recruiting and hiring the right engineers, there are several factors that companies and hiring managers look at. Using our experience on the EV staff, we put together a guide to help individuals and students looking to join this ever-growing industry.

Part 2 – University

Just like the conventional automotive industry, there are many types of companies you can work for within the electric vehicle industry. Find which area interests you the most and specialize in it, that is, educate yourself in those areas and connect with companies that produce these components. Below are some examples of company types within the industry, but there are many other niches. It’s worth the time and effort to research and find what interests you most.

  • Electric vehicles (trucks, buses, vans, cars, motorcycles, boats, bicycles, eVTOL, etc.)
  • Hardware (motors, wiring harnesses, batteries, etc.)
  • Software (simulation, embedded, motor controls, BMS, etc.)
  • Charging equipment (wired and wireless)
  • Vehicle testing (component and vehicle level)
  • Consulting (fleet conversion, charging installation, etc.)

Going to university is an important time to discover what piques your interest in the world of engineering and vehicles. At the beginning of college, it’s important to try out different courses and then focus on what you enjoy most. In addition to finding the right major and classes, it’s also important to participate in extracurricular activities to continue building your resume.

  • Examples of relevant races:
    • Automotive engineering
    • Chemical engineering
    • Computer science and engineering
    • Electric engineering
    • Electronic Engineer
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronics Engineering
    • Robotic engineering
    • Systems engineer
    • Software Engineering
  • Internships:
    • Internships are one of the most important aspects of building your resume for entering the electric vehicle industry after college. Not only do they help you understand your likes and dislikes, but they’re also essential for building a strong resume and networking. You can see some examples here.
  • Extracurriculars:
    • join your school Low SAE team and, if possible, take a leadership role.
    • Create projects related to electric vehicles in your spare time
    • Drink electric vehicle courses online
    • Attend local auto shows to learn more about the vehicles and to network.
  • Join electric vehicle organizations:

In Part 3, we’ll cover choosing a career path and networking. Do not miss it.

By following this guide, you should have a good idea of ​​how to plan a course of action to become an engineer in the electric vehicle industry. You can check current EPG job offers on our racing page. You can also contact us at [email protected] or take a look at our website www.EPGAmerica.com for our services.

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