Test Engineer - Vehicle Durability (VG SENG 2)



UTAC provides vehicle test, validation and engineering services to customers in the automotive, transport, tyre, petrochemical, defence and security industries. It is independent and impartial in everything it does.

It has a range of test facilities for components and full vehicles. These include varied indoor and outdoor test tracks in the UK and Northern Finland, engine dynamometers, environmental chambers, crash laboratories and advanced emissions chassis dynamometers.

UTAC’s employees are passionate about safety, customer service and technical excellence, making them ideal partners at any stage in the development and launch of the vehicles of tomorrow.


Job Description

Reporting to – Manager - Durability

Responsible for correct execution of vehicle tests and the appropriate test vehicle issue analysis (root cause) with the objective of optimising timing and quality of test programmes.


Role & Responsibilities
  • Develop Plans and Schedules
    • Schedule work and facility utilization to achieve maximum efficiency (consider timing, budget requirements and priorities).
    • Operate to Customer / Department Processes.
  • Prepare & Conduct tests
    • Prepare all necessary documentation to conduct the tests in a safe, controlled and repeatable manner.
    • Supervise the tests in compliance with test procedures, analyse and interpret driver reports and data. Provide instructions to test drivers and technicians.
    • Lead issue Investigations, repairs and rebuilds on test vehicles.
    • Supervise the procurement of replacement/spare part and shipping of vehicles and parts.
  • Report
    • Compile regular reports on progress & status
    • Analyse, document and report test results, present data and root cause.
    • Compile incident reports.
    • Ensure tests are completed within defined timeframes.
    • Compile Evaluation reports.
  • Validate vehicles against measurable targets as well as conducting subjective vehicle evaluations.
  • Coordinate (mid-term and EOT) reviews.
  • Perform validation on vehicle, system and component level.
  • Key contact with the customer for tests.
  • Act in accordance with the behaviours for UTAC staff at all times.


Person Specification

  • Relevant Engineering degree
  • Durability testing
  • Conducting technical investigations and report writing.
  • Corrosion or quality testing experience (preferred but not essential)
  • EV/ Hybrid vehicles (preferred but not essential)
  • Vehicle network systems – CAN, LIN, FlexRay.
  • Sound engineering background
  • Confident when dealing with customers both face to face and on the phone.
  • Ability to work well in a team.
  • Attention to detail
  • Problem solving / lateral thinking
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
Personal Behaviours
  • Customer focused
  • Punctual
  • Meticulous
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Dependable
  • Pro active
  • Practical
  • High level of confidentiality and integrity
  • Flexibility to work outside normal hours
  • Flexibility to travel as and when required and to support validation activities in foreign countries
  • Full UK driving licence & own transport (UTAC is not easily assessable via public transport)
  • Willing to undergo a Criminal Disclosure check
  • NOTE: This position be will based on site – Bedford


To apply please email your cover letter and CV to recruitment.uk@utac.com