Race Team Engineering Jobs
About the Job Role
As a Race Engineer, you’ll be expected to prepare and manage vehicles from set-up to trackside support. Days are ridiculously busy and long periods will be spent away from home but it’s an exciting and rewarding career path.
Becoming a Race Engineer is about more than just fast cars and travel. It’s about teamwork. With that comes the need to be able to communicate, to listen, to follow instructions and to use your initiative.
About the Person
To have a chance of a job in motorsport, Race Mechanics will have to demonstrate both practical experience and qualifications. You must be a qualified vehicle technician or hold a relevant motorsport qualification before you can even begin to hope of a job with a top team.
Although applicants can secure a job with standard automotive qualifications, many teams will request that you hold or be studying towards a specialist motorsport qualification. A recent job advert for Toyota Motorsport asked for the following skillset:
- Bachelor/Master’s degree in a relevant engineering or mechanical discipline
- Strong technical background in vehicle dynamics, tyres, suspension, aerodynamics and control systems
- Team player with the ability to remain clam under pressure
- As understanding of applied physics, mathematics, modelling and simulation principles
- At least 3 years professional training with trackside experience
About the Tech
How to Get Started
If you’re already a qualified vehicle technician, then you’re off to a good start. You’ll also need experience working with a team, either in an employed or volunteer capacity so the more time you can dedicate to time at the track the better.
Many of the top teams will also want you to have completed or be working towards a motorsport degree. This can be tricky when you are working full-time and on a gruelling race-schedule. Here at the NMA, we have students working in 9 of the 10 Formula 1 teams, World Rally Championship, WEC and a range of other racing series both in the UK and abroad.
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