CAE Engineer - Electric Drive Technology

Location: Woking, GB

When our founder Bruce McLaren passed away at the age of 32 he left behind a legacy that has shaped who we are today. We have an unrivalled heritage which has its roots in racing; but McLaren Automotive is now creating a story of its own and we want you to be a part of it.
As part of our Track25 business plan we will launch 18 new models or derivatives of our vehicles and look to expand our retailer network into new markets with an aim of having 100 retailers globally.

Track 25 and McLaren Automotive’ s growing reputation is testament to our world class employees. To ensure McLaren Automotive continues to be at the forefront of the Automotive market, we are looking for a CAE Engineer, eMotor to join our Electric Drive Technology team.

Purpose of the Role:

Reporting to the EDT CAE Manager, this role will support the design and system engineers to define the electric drive hardware and controls software required to deliver the electric drive performance, efficiency, and drivability targets. The CAE Engineer will develop the simulation methodology, models and test methods used in the team to ensure that the electric drive component targets are consistently delivered in an integrated manner with minimum risk to the business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the definition of the hardware and software specifications for the Electric Drive, so that the Electric Drive Performance, Efficiency, and Drivability attributes are met
  • Working with EDT Development, Controls, and vehicle attribute teams to develop simulation models and communication methods that result in an integrated approach to powertrain and vehicle attribute delivery
  • Develop EDT CAE core competencies including tool sets, software, and best practice techniques
  • Develop additional EDT CAE capabilities as required to bring value-added analysis ‘in-house’ where possible
  • Perform 1D and / or 3D analysis and model validation using a range of methods and techniques for eMotors
  • Using simulation models to perform robust engineering investigations and use output to influence engineering designs and/or business decisions
  • Data processing and reporting
  • Development and maintenance of data / model management and version control systems
  • Supporting project activities to guarantee project delivery in line with MDP and gateway deliverables.
  • Develop test methodologies to improve data validation capabilities at McLaren
  • Preparation and presentation of material to support external and internal project status reviews

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Experience of a simulation, analysis & development environment – model architecture definition, tool-chain setup, model, and boundary condition set up, data processing and reporting
  • Experience in eMotor compent and thermal simulation using 1D and/or 3D tools, such as Matlab / Simulink, Opera, Motor-CAD, COMSOL, Star-CCM+ or equivalent
  • Knowledge of state of the art electric drive simulation and analysis tools, techniques, and processes
  • Understanding of electric drive component (ESS, Power Electronics) and thermal modelling, using Matlab / Simulink or dedicated similar software
  • Knowledge of hybrid powertrain / electric drive simulation and test methodologies
  • Ability to analyse hybrid powertrain and electric drive data and draw out fundamental causes and effects
  • Knowledge of electric drive component testing, test set up, instrumentation, logging, fault analysis, data processing and reporting
  • Knowledge of high performance hybrid / electric powertrains
  • A good level of technical knowledge of vehicle simulation and test methodologies
  • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to development and solving engineering problems with good attention to detail
  • Knowledge of hybrid / electric drive control systems (e.g. Bosch, MESL) and knowledge about using data processing software such as MDA, Concerto, Atlas or Matlab
  • Experience of the following software (or equivalent) is desirable:
    • Matlab/Simulink/Stateflow
    • Opera, Motor-CAD, COMSOL
    • Star-CCM+
    • Git / Sourcetree
    • Python
    • Java
    • SQL
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products                 

Qualifications and Training

  • Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic or Automotive Engineering Degree 2:1 or above

Personal Attributes:

  • A passion for high performance electric drive engineering
  • Good team skills, willingness to work cross-functionally with excellent communication skills
  • Well organised and independent – able to work constructively with minimal supervision
  • A positive, proactive attitude with a high level of self-motivation to deliver excellence
  • An engaging mind, open to new problems outside their normal comfort zone
  • Adopts a creative & thoughtful approach to solving engineering problems with good attention to detail
  • A willingness to engage in debate and discussion, and to listen and see others’ points of view
  • Ability to communicate clearly with design and development groups
  • Excellent communicator and ability to lead a small, focused team
  • Ambitious and self-reliant - intrinsically self-motivated
  • Delivery focused – with demonstrable track record of on-time delivery
  • Capable of representing a world class automotive brand
  • Able to remain focused under pressure


We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.

At McLaren Automotive we are constantly looking to improve. To become the employer of choice we are always looking to develop our employee offerings. We currently offer a range of benefits to employees at all levels of the business including Private Healthcare, Contributory Pension Scheme, Life Assurance and Personal Lease Car Scheme. We also offer a range of discounts with our partner organisations.                           

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