Durability Testing Engineer

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Location: Idiada, ES

Purpose of the role:

To perform engineering activities for high-performance road car durability testing programmes. The role is based at the McLaren testing facility within the Idiada proving ground in Spain.

Reporting to the Durability Senior Testing Engineer, the Durability Testing Engineer will be based at the McLaren testing facility, within the Idiada proving ground in Spain, and should expect to travel occasionally to support external testing activities and/or for technical contacts.


Principal accountabilities:

  • To take full responsibility for planning, preparing, monitoring, analysing and reporting of activities related to vehicle durability tests.
    • Test planning: definition of the day by day test plan (including the control plan), according to the resources and facilities available to execute the requested activities, making contingency plans as required.
    • Driving activity requests (mileage, manoeuvres, checks and controls)
    • Workshop requests, to execute the planned test control plan, vehicle updates, issue analysis.
    • Management/Execution of the planned checks and controls (objective/subjective)
    • Monitoring of the vehicle attributes degradation during the test:
      • analysis and comparison of the control plan results (subjective and objective)
      • feedback by the durability drivers,
      • analysis of acquired data
  • Tracking of relevant tested components and the relative fatigue accumulated
  • Analysis of the data acquired to monitor vehicle attributes degradation and diagnose issues
  • Management of the complete vehicle strip down at the end of each test and component by component final check.
  • Managing test efficiency and timings: capability to minimize the vehicle downtimes, with quick problem solving and strategic decisions
  • Durability Issues and failures: accurate and quick first level diagnosis and related reporting
  • Durability analysis across different tests and/or projects.
  • Support dedicated data acquisition activities for durability cycles characterization and duty cycles definition.
  • Additional Reporting: daily test status update reports, daily update of performance degradation analysis reports, periodical updates of test plan reports, final test reports.


Knowledge, skills & experience:

  • A good degree in Automotive or Mechanical Engineering is preferred
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong understanding of Durability & Reliability theories
  • Significant experience in an automotive test and development environment preferred.
  • Experience of any or all of the following is an advantage:
    • low volume, high performance vehicle programmes
    • delivery of whole vehicle development programmes, from concepts through to series production
    • A broad range of vehicle data acquisition, test and analysis techniques
  • Ability to apply detailed technical knowledge to the understanding of new technologies, development of engineering designs and resolution of engineering problems
  • Must be proficient with all common Microsoft Office applications
  • Matlab experience is preferred
  • Excellent English communication skills required, both verbal and written


Personal attributes:

  • Should be well-organised and methodical, with excellent attention to detail
  • Able to work well alongside a team of prototype technicians, providing leadership and guidance where needed
  • 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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