Body Durability Analysis Engineer

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Location: Idiada, ES

Purpose of the role:

To perform analysis relating to duty cycles, durability targets, durability test definition, durability issues, primarily focused of body systems and components, in order to support high performance road car test programmes.

Reporting to the Senior Durability Analysis Engineer, the Body Durability Analysis Engineer will be based at the McLaren testing facility within the Idiada proving ground inSpain, and should expect to travel occasionally overseas, principally to the McLaren Technology Centre (MTC) in UK for technical contacts purposes or to support data acquisition activities.

Principal accountabilities:

  • Definition, calculation, and periodical revision of durability duty cycles:
  • Vehicle durability tests
  • Component/system duty cycles and load spectra, to define durability specs and for structural design purposes
  • Drive files /duty cycles for component/system rig testing, in correlation with the real in-vehicle working conditions and the full vehicle fatigue targets.
  • Definition and calculation of durability coefficients to be used to evaluate the fatigue/damage of the vehicle components caused by the main relevant fatigue factors.
  • Calculation of the fatigue accumulated by the components during the durability tests
  • Set-up and execution of vehicle/systems simulations to define and calculate durability duty cycles
  • Customer data analysis (mileage, failures in service, etc.)
  • Periodical revision of the durability test cycles up to the target in function of any actual deviation from the original plan.
  • Statistical analysis on data acquired during testing
  • Durability analysis based on the data acquired during the durability testing, related to the degradation of objective and subjective attributes of the vehicle.
  • Issue analysis on chassis systems/components across the projects
  • Interaction with the vehicle Function Groups for durability issues root cause analysis and countermeasures definition/validation

Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • A general knowledge in Automotive systems is required
  • A specific knowledge in Body systems (Interior, exterior, panels & closures) is required
  • Must be able to apply knowledge of statistics, reliability and durability theories.
  • Must have excellent analytical skills, with experience in applying a range of data analysis techniques
  • Experience with MATLAB software is required
  • Experience with data analysis software, including N-Code, is an advantage
  • Experience with the set-up and running of simulations is required.
  • Familiarity with automotive data acquisition systems and diagnostic tools is an advantage
  • Must be proficient with the use of all common Microsoft Office applications
  • Must have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal

Personal attributes:

  • Must be well organised and methodical, with an excellent attention to detail
  • Able to work as an effective member of a team, while also confident to work alone
  • Can adapt quickly to become skilled with the use of new software
  • Should have a flexible approach to working hours
  • Must demonstrate a high level of self-motivation, initiative and flexibility, and determination to see a task through to completion
  • Able to remain focused under pressure
  • Must be fluent in the English language


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