New Polytechnic Kolhapur runs 3 years Diploma cource in Automobile Engineering since 1983. The Automobile Engineering Department is ranked as no. 1 Automobile Engineering Department in the State of Maharashtra. Department of Automobile Engineering has intake of 120 student. The Department has state of the art Automobile Engineering Lab with 6 Cars, many two wheelers, different types of engines, various cut section working models of Automobile Assemblies. Auto Department regularly conducts training programs for mechanics, service advisers, faculty members from other institutes etc. Our Department is treated as a nodal institute by MSBTE and the faculty members work as resource persons for various MSBTE Programs.
The students have carried out various ambitious projects like "Battery Operated Wheel Chair" for a differently abled person, Reverse locking system for heavy commercial vehicles, Electro Pneumatic Gear Shifting Arrangement, Maint-Aid fixture for Tractor, Weed Remover, Regenerative Braking System, Water Injection for diesel engine, fuel cell car prototype, Petrol injection for motorcycle etc. These projects have won many state level prizes and are appreciated nationally and internationally too. The details of the wheel chair project ar available on UNO's website under the title "Kolhapur Wheel Chair" Many Automobile Organizations like Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, L & T, Mahindra & Mahindra, Gabrial, Heldex India, Sai Service, Hero group etc, conduct campus interviews for the final year students in New Polytechnic Kolhapur. More than Sixty students of Department of Automobile Engineering are working as Assitant Motor Vehicle Inspectors in R.T.O. Department all over the Maharashtra State.