Graduate Aerodynamics Designer

Location: Woking, GB

Job Type: Permanent  

Contract Duration: Permanent

Purpose of the Role:  

To design race car aerodynamic surfaces, wind tunnel model parts and assemblies with the aim of delivering high quality and legal surfaces, model parts and assemblies to CFD, Wind Tunnel and final release to the race car. 

Role Dimensions:  

  • Sits within the Aero Design Team, which is responsible for all design of surfaces and components for the Aero Dept. 

  • Reports to the Team Leader – Aero Design, and will involve close cooperation with the rest of the Aero Design team, the Vehicle Engineering team, the modelshop, production team, the WT and CFD Aerodynamicists. 

  • This role is factory based but may involve occasional travel to our wind tunnel facility. 

  • This role is predominantly carried out during standard working hours, but will sometimes include additional hours and weekends. 

Key Relationships: 

Team Leader – Aero Design, Lead Designer for the area of the car, Principal Aerodynamicist and Project Leaders for the area of the car, other Aero designers, Modelmakers and Aerodynamicists. 

Principal Accountabilities:  

  • Preparation of robust, high quality and legal surface models for CFD, wind tunnel and race car to tight deadlines, satisfying the aerodynamicist’s spec, and according to the department’s methodologies and best practises. 

  • Responsible for maintaining the quality of models and methodology used in this area (taking guidance on department-wide methodologies and best practise from the TL and Lead Designers). 

  • Providing all necessary drawings and information to allow manufacture, preparation, prefit and set up of the parts and assemblies. 

  • Maintaining a close relationship with – and understanding of the requirements of – the Aerodynamicists, CFD engineers, model designers and Veh. Eng. Designers who work in this area. 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:  

Essential 

  • Degree in Mechanical / Automotive / Aeronautical engineering discipline. 

  • Proficient with MS Office. 

  • CAD Solid & Surface modelling experience advantageous (CATIA V5 preferred). 

  • Knowledge of engineering drawing principals.  

  • Formula Student and industrial experience advantageous.  

Desirable 

  • Familiarity with the latest Formula One technical regulations. 

  • Experience of managing multiple simultaneous projects. 

Personal Attributes:  

  • Team player with strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. 

  • Well organized - able to manage their own time effectively and to balance multiple demands, often with limited information and ever-changing priorities. 

  • Desire to improve how things are done; pro-activity and initiative to make this happen. 

  • Highly self-motivated and able to work autonomously under pressure and to tight deadlines. 

  • Thorough worker with good attention to detail. 

  • Results focused and driven to achieve successful outcome. 

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