I am in college pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. Since starting college I have become obsessed with watching and rewatching every episode of Top Gear, which has set my interest in the mechanical workings of cars on fire. Mechanical Engineering is an enormously flexible degree, but I am feeling inclined to investigate whether automotive engineering is the field I want to pursue.
BUT. Frankly, I have not been impressed with domestic car companies. This is probably colored a bit by the British perspective from Top Gear, but my family’s experience has been that Japanese cars are FAR more reliable and durable. And it seems that it is companies like BMW and Volvo are the ones who are on the cutting edge of technology. Not to mention that their business practices mean I am now saddled with quite a bit of debt as a taxpayer. But mostly, I am not eager to move to Detroit. The city has been in decline for a long time now, and I hope to raise a family one day.
So my question is, what are the job opportunities in the United States working for a ‘foreign’ company like Toyota, BMW, etc? The car parts supply chain for all these companies is scattered worldwide. Is the same true for their engineering design jobs?