Undergraduate – Propulsion Emissions

Location: Millbrook, Bedfordshire

During the first stage of the placement, the undergraduate will gain invaluable hands-on experience working on a wide variety of Powertrain projects and test equipment within the VEL, VTEC and PEMS Teams. Learning about the latest Powertrain developments in emissions after-treatment components and systems, test technology, as well as innovation in hybrid, electric vehicles and alternative fuels. The undergraduate will be expected to work alongside the highly trained technicians to set up and perform a wide range of tests for a number of different customers.

Following the time within the Operations team, the undergraduate will move to the Engineering office and work alongside the Engineers to manage complete test programmes. By the end of the 54 week placement it would be expected that the undergraduate will have sole responsibility for managing all aspects of test programmes assigned to them.

The Propulsion Vehicle Test department consists of 3 sub-departments: 

  • Heavy duty exhaust emissions and fuel economy / climatic work – Variable Temperature Emission Chamber (VTEC)
  • Two state of the art, fully climatic, 4WD light duty vehicle exhaust emissions and fuel economy test cells (VEL)
  • Track based fuel economy testing using Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS)

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Worldwide Regulated Testing for emissions, fuel economy, CO2, HVAC, Defrost/Demist, Energy Consumption / Range, Vehicle Performance
  • Custom Test Cycles for trucks, busses, cars, vans, baggage trucks, etc
  • Test Development, Calibration & Certification
  • Real World Emissions & Fuel Economy Studies using Millbrook’s track facilities
  • To work alongside experienced Technicians and Engineers on whole vehicles, engines, Powertrain components & test equipment
  • To work with and for the Propulsion Engineers, planning test programmes, supporting test activities, liaising with customers, processing test data and writing reports
  • Undertake analysis of results, including statements of conformity or opinions and interpretations
  • To report, review and provide authorisation of results
  • Ensure all Health, safety and quality procedures are adhered to
  • Act in accordance with the behaviours for UTAC staff at all times

Person Specification

  • Studying for BEng or MEng Degree (Automotive / Mechanical preferred)
Core competencies:
  • Previous relative industry experience in the form of work experience, employment, Formula student or similar projects (beneficial)
  • Good general IT skills especially MS Excel
  • A good understanding of engineering and motor vehicles in general
Personal Behaviours
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to use initiative and to problem solve
  • Excellent communication including customer facing skills
  • Flexible and self- driven
  • Positive autonomous attitude
  • Flexibility to travel as and when required
  • Full UK driving licence
  • SC clearance or ability to achieve this (UK national with residency in the UK for the last 5 years)
  • Willing to undergo a Criminal Disclosure check

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