Prototype Technician

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Location: Woking, GB

McLaren Applied Technologies

McLaren Applied Technologies is a high-performance technology company which combines fresh thinking and innovation to solve crucial challenges and improve people's lives in industries as diverse as health, public transport, automotive and motorsport.

Our team

In reflection of our growing needs, we are looking to enhance our support to a rapidly growing pipeline of projects in markets such as energy, healthcare, transport and consumer brands, ranging from bespoke one-off designs or prototypes, in many cases leading to volume manufacture of consumer products and equipment. Our work is often on new, ground-breaking concepts or designs, and this role forms a crucial part of our strategic move towards cementing strong lines of business in technology solutions to enhance the world in which we live.

The role

You will be responsible for building, testing and maintaining prototype electrical, electronic and mechanical equipment to support our projects especially in the fields of health and life sciences, manufacturing automation, transport, or new consumer technology. You will work with internal teams and external clients, helping define sensor, instrumentation and control requirements, and working to implement them – often with tight deadlines and high standards of work always expected. You will work with the MAT vehicle simulators, and be expected to support & maintain the facilities on site and sometimes at customer sites.

You will be expected to learn and master our data acquisition toolset (ATLAS) or other 3rd party tools for example LabView. You will be comfortable with taking a first look at collected data and spotting potential problems, and raising these to appropriate technical experts where necessary for advice.


  • A technical NVQ Level 3+ or equivalent
  • Proven track record working in engineering
  • Good computer skills, handling documents and spreadsheets
  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of a variety of engineering applications of signal monitoring and data acquisition systems.

Skills and expertise

  • Fundamental engineering design principles.
  • Electrical concepts such as noise, interference & shielding, and appropriate handling of higher speed digital signals such as CAN bus, & Ethernet
  • Integrating sub-systems: electronics hardware, software and mechanical components.
  • Contribute to technical specifications to the level required for design of system parts.
  • Design instrumentation systems to meet the measurement needs of the rest of the business engineering practices.
  • Work independently and deliver work to a high standard without supervision
  • Work with instrumentation systems in a practical environment, with a range of technologies.
  • Data logging, calibration and basic data analysis to validate equipment.
  • Full project lifecycle from contract negotiation through to customer sign-off, being comfortable with regular client and supplier contact.
  • Work to quality systems and processes, including ISO9001.
  • Work on safety critical systems including good understanding of safety standards and directives.

Personal attributes


  • Ability to articulate your ideas to both customers and team members
  • Excellent written skills for a wide variety of communications from specifications to customer emails
  • Ability to tactfully challenge without alienating
  • Adaptable and flexible in communication styles to effectively transfer key and complex information to others of varying degrees of knowledge and experience


  • Seek ideas and inputs of colleagues to make best use of team expertise and improve team performance
  • Freely share knowledge and findings with others


  • Work with confidence unsupervised
  • Able to manage multiple concurrent workstreams
  • Able to organise work in order to meet deadlines and support team goals


  • Identify issues and takes a proactive approach to dealing with them
  • Think creatively to produce workable ideas and novel solutions
  • Have the drive and commitment to see activities to completion


  • Manage own development and performance
  • Strive to improve and keep knowledge and skills up to date
  • A passion for the work

The work environment

You will be based at the world-renowned McLaren Technology Centre. Our campus includes a subsidised restaurant, a café, a gym with a pool, break-out spaces, bicycle storage facilities and more.

Our environment is designed to encourage collaborative working across all teams. You will be within one hundred metres of a specialist within their field, whether it’s in design, modelling and simulation, software development, data analytics, electronics hardware, finance and marketing.

McLaren’s Product Innovation Framework

Take the unique opportunity to bring your own ideas to life, whether it’s a software package or a tangible product. If the application for your idea is successful, it will be backed by a significant pledge from the business to fund time and materials costs. Our ambition is that we continue to foster the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship within Applied Technologies.

Recruitment process

  • If your application is successful, you’ll be invited for a phone interview with one of our experienced technical recruiters.
  • If our recruiter believes you’re suitable for the role, you will then be invited for a phone interview with one of the hiring managers.
  • The final stage is a face to face interview at the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, Surrey.



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