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i got into the student version of Autodesk and i got access to all the programs like AutoCAD , Maya ,3DS like i really don't know the focus however i wish i did as right now i'm using blender to make cars but this is a struggle so i haven't even finished. Anyways looking at when i graduate. I want to get out of memphis and i've been looking at the salaries but they're different each state. Also consider you only have like beginner level subdivision car modeling skills but you need choose a platform (besides AutoCAD)to work on that ai won't take??? Is AI a threat to the structural engineering industry. Also if i were to ask to work for someone do these types of jobs have relocation assistance and are they still like the hybrid remote??

RE: Got sorta closer but then..

In automotive you are unlikely to start as remote work. This is especially so for styling, which is I think what you are aiming at. However, most stylists did an Industrial design degree, not engineering. I don't know what surfacing/rendering software they use, but it ends up in Catia or NX.

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Well i used to want to get into the whole car design thing but i will use the structural engineering / mechanical engineering knowledge as what i use to fund my car design career in the future but i for to figure out all these autodesk programs and i'm looking at these $200 AutoDesk certifications. Tryna see if there are any others i can get to help me with my career and getting the best offer for salary

RE: Got sorta closer but then..

Software won't help as much as a large portfolio will. It can be miniatures, clay sculpture, and paintings and other illustrations. Exteriors and interiors. Having people as part of the portfolio helps as well.

If you want a big company, look carefully at the last 5 years as the makers often start with small changes that become more extensive over time, while often maintaining design cues - like the kidney BMW grill - that are distinguishing marks. If you show parts of those moves and where they are going in your work, it shows you pay attention to what they want. It will likely help to include examples of the existing elements so you can explain how you determined the direction you took.

I doubt very much you will be able to move from mechanical engineering to any styling job without that portfolio.

Look at the work of those who were design leaders, particularly for show cars, and then what got delivered. Some included dramatic city backgrounds, with rocket ships launches in the distance.

RE: Got sorta closer but then..

Automotive uses Autocad to lay out buildings and test tracks, so I'm not convinced the certifications will help much. I suggest you have a look at one of the parasitic websites to find out what qualifications are typical. If you want to work on body exterior you might be called a Class A Surface designer, but I have a sneaking suspicion that that is not what you are looking for, perhaps you want to work in the studio?

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Ok, so car design is my main passion and what i’ve wanted to do for my whole life. Basically i’m a really good car illustrator but mostly just OEM cars that are already made. I barely do designs of my own however that’s my ultimate goal pretty much. As far as the reality of becoming a car designer. If i were to try to go work for a specific car company i realized after i graduated high school (I was even accepted into LTU in Detroit next to the Big 3= GM/Ford/Stellantis.
I realized that getting to that position probably isn’t worth it. For one, the more sought after the company is…like say Lamborghini, Tesla, BMW. The most they’re gonna be able to get away with as far as “taking care of the employees” I have companies i’ve been fond of my entire life however the uncertainty of the industry basically made me realize i shouldn’t try getting into a major Auto company…I’m more on the terms of being like Lucid Motors (the CEO used to work at Tesla now he’s going against them) I’m more willing to work with a more start up company that one that’s established.
However i want to say that the designs that i work on and want to build i want them to be based off other cars that i’m fond of. Particulary different enthusiast cars like (RestoMods/Drift Cars/Prerunner Trucks/ etc.

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Working with a large studio or just relying on some company to let me make there cars doesn’t sit right with me as each company has different things they are trying to accomplish and a lot of the times i just don’t agree with most of it. Now i don’t have a problem working on a team and i even don’t mind only working on certain aspects of the car.
So considering where i’m at now i currently go to trade school for AutoCAD. I got into this because i had a interest in SubD car modeling. I started with the blender software and i’m still working on trying to complete a car. However now i got access to the autodesk programs as a student and considering how expensive they are i feel it would he best to take advantage of it. I so far downloaded three programs on my personal Computer: AutoCAD/Revivit/Alilias
AutoCAD and Revivit were for the structural part of my studies and alilias is what i will be designing cars on. I’m considering using Inventor as a way to make like different car parts. I figure since i know a ton about cars like how auto brands “Badge engineer” cars. Also the cars that are just completely discontinued but people still restore them.

RE: Got sorta closer but then..

If you want to do engineering then get an engineering degree.
If you want to do auto stylistic design, go to the College of Creative Studies in Detroit.
But pick one.

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(OP)
the best choice is to go into engineering. I used to like cars a lot but now that i’m older i don’t wanna rely on it to make a living. Perfectly fine with working on drafting projects. That way whatever cars i design i can design for me. Then use the engineering money to fund the cars. Like restomods and Aftermarket parts for cars. There’s a guy names Khal SRT and he swapped a Hellcat engine in a 300 and he sells it since Chrysler won’t. I don’t know if he designed it but he managed to swap 300 interior with the Charger/Challenger interior and the aftermarket kit looks like it could have came from factory. I wanna do something similar with different cars though.
Saw on Reddit this morning they said AutoCAD is dead and told me i need to use revivt. I have that program however I know more about AutoCAD than revitit. I’m trying to figure out how i can build a portfolio that will get me freelance contracts and a job. Considering Electrical or Structural or mechanical …i think i want to stay away from civil/architectural. I read in my “Technical Drawing” textbook it’s best to know multiple disciplines

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