Motorsports Aerodynamics Thermal Engineer

Job Description

Hybrid - This role is categorized as hybrid. This means the successful candidate is expected to report to either Concord, NC or Milford, MI three times per week, at minimum.

The Role

We are seeking an Aerodynamics Thermal Engineer to develop aerothermal solutions across many areas of motorsports, including, NASCAR, Sportscar, IndyCar, and Formula One. As part of our multi-disciplinary team, you'll be at the forefront of designing, modeling, and testing to overcome a range of challenging obstacles and maximize performance on race vehicles.  Your role is key in developing advanced aero thermal toolchains, contributing significantly to our cutting-edge development methodology.

Joining the GM Motorsports Organization will provide you with the experience and exposure it takes to work in a competitive environment and the opportunity to showcase your aerothermal conceptual knowledge and practical skills, contribute to innovation, connect lessons learned in racing to production intent vehicles, work cross functionally with our partners and ultimately, help shape the future of Motorsports.

What You’ll Do

  • Assist in the development of 1D thermal simulation solutions, with an emphasis on flexible fidelities and parametric modeling techniques

  • Support Power Unit (PU) cooling architecture for F1 and other performance vehicles

  • Conduct 3D CFD simulation for brake cooling solutions

  • Study tradeoff targets including aerodynamics, thermal, vehicle dynamics, tires, powertrain, batteries, climate etc.

  • Perform physical experiments of Power Unit cooling systems at component, system, and vehicle level

  • Perform physical experiments of brake cooling systems

  • Support full car and subsystem models for use in XiL simulations

  • Identify performance enhancement opportunities with established motorsport programs in the aero thermal subject area

  • Communicate cross-functionally to refine vehicle design or setup parameters

  • Work with GM production and motorsports engineers to define aero thermal integration requirements for optimization of complete race and high-performance production variants

  • Enable world-class engineering tools/methods technology transfer between motorsport and production vehicle development

Additional Job Description

Your Skills & Abilities (Required Qualifications)

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or a related subject with coursework in Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics

  • 3+ years of related post-graduate experience specializing in aero/thermal development

  • Experience with 1D/3D thermal simulation at either component, system, or vehicle level, and using physical test results to calibrate simulation model

  • Ability to multi-task in a dynamic, constantly evolving environment, with a talent for organization, collaboration, and communication

  • This job may be eligible for relocation benefits


What Will Give You A Competitive Edge (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Familiarity with GT-SUITE Flow and Thermal module including physics theory, solver numerical methods and process automation

  • Familiarity with STAR CCM+ including CHT, rotating component methods and process automation

  • Exposure to AMCA chamber, calorimeter and CWT testing, measurement techniques and data systems

  • Experience with the architecture and thermal control development of BEV and hybrid systems

About GM

Our vision is a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions and Zero Congestion and we embrace the responsibility to lead the change that will make our world better, safer and more equitable for all.

Why Join Us 

We aspire to be the most inclusive company in the world. We believe we all must make a choice every day – individually and collectively – to drive meaningful change through our words, our deeds and our culture. Our Work Appropriately philosophy supports our foundation of inclusion and provides employees the flexibility to work where they can have the greatest impact on achieving our goals, dependent on role needs. Every day, we want every employee, no matter their background, ethnicity, preferences, or location, to feel they belong to one General Motors team.

Benefits Overview

The goal of the General Motors total rewards program is to support the health and well-being of you and your family. Our comprehensive compensation plan incudes, the following benefits, in addition to many others:
• Paid time off including vacation days, holidays, and parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents;
• Healthcare (including a triple tax advantaged health savings account and wellness incentive), dental, vision and life insurance plans to cover you and your family;
• Company and matching contributions to 401K savings plan to help you save for retirement;
• Global recognition program for peers and leaders to recognize and be recognized for results and behaviors that reflect our company values; 
• Tuition assistance and student loan refinancing;
• Discount on GM vehicles for you, your family and friends.

Diversity Information

General Motors is committed to being a workplace that is not only free of discrimination, but one that genuinely fosters inclusion and belonging. We strongly believe that workforce diversity creates an environment in which our employees can thrive and develop better products for our customers.   We understand and embrace the variety through which people gain experiences whether through professional, personal, educational, or volunteer opportunities. GM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage interested candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications and apply for any positions that match your skills and capabilities.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statements

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