This article was written by EPG, a company that focuses on helping electric and autonomous vehicle clients hire the best people through our industry and product-specific staffing expertise. Contributors include Joe Rooney, CEO and co-founder, and Evie Sherrer, a talented recruiter.
A Guide to Becoming an Electric Vehicle Engineer – Part 2
At EPG, we match our clients in the electric and autonomous vehicle industry with people that are looking for their dream careers. Our recruiters often get asked questions like “How can I get into the EV industry?” or “How can I stand out from my peers when pursuing a job in emobility?”. When it comes to electric vehicle recruitment and hiring the right engineers, there are several factors that companies and hiring managers look at. Using our EV staffing expertise, we put together a guide to assist people and students that are looking to join this ever-growing industry.
Part 2 – College
Find The Right Focus
Just like the conventional automotive industry, there are many types of companies that you can work for within the electric vehicle industry. Find what area interests you the most and specialize in it, i.e., pursue education in those areas and connect with companies that produce these components. Below are some examples of types of companies within the industry but there are many other niches out there. It’s worth the time and effort to research and find what interests you the most.
- Electric Vehicles (trucks, buses, vans, cars, motorcycles, boats, bikes, eVTOL, etc.)
- Hardware (motors, wire 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.)
Maximize Your College Experience
Going to a university is an important time to find out what piques your interest the most in the world of engineering and vehicles. Early in college, it’s important to try different courses and then focus on what you enjoy the most. Outside of finding the right major and classes, it’s also important to take part in extracurriculars to continue to build your resume.
- Examples of Relevant Majors:
- Automotive Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Electronics Engineer
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronics Engineering
- Robotics Engineering
- Systems Engineering
- Software Engineering
- Internships are one of the most important aspects of building your resume to enter the EV industry post-college. They not only help you understand your likes and dislikes but are essential in building a strong resume and networking. You can check out some examples here.
- Join your school’s Baja SAE team and if possible, take a leadership role.
- Build EV related projects in your spare time
- Take online EV courses
- Join EV organizations:
- Attend local auto shows to learn more about vehicles and to network
Next week we’ll cover picking a career path and networking. Don’t 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 out EPG’s current job openings on our Careers Page. You can also contact us at Info@EPGAmerica.com or check out our website www.EPGAmerica.com for our services.