Powertrain Calibration and Development Engineer

Here at Darkside Developments our team is passionate about our brand and our reputation. We have ambitious plans to capitalise on our success, and to achieve this, we require equally talented and passionate people. As a result we are constantly aiming to improve our talent pool and we will always review and consider any CV's and job applications in order to achieve this goal. We prefer experience and enthusiasm over formal qualifications.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK, We do possess a Tier 2 Sponsorship licence should an applicant from overseas meet our criteria, we do prioritise UK applicants.

Future Prospects

As the company continues to grow, staff roles, benefits and responsibilities will grow with it. We are looking for a core team who will be empowered to lead the company in the right direction to continued success. We have a firm belief in allowing employees freedom to work using their own initiative and ideas. Many of our current and future products have been as a result of ideas from our staff at all levels of the business. Investment for the future, as well as Research and Development are taken very seriously meaning staff retention and customer satisfaction are essential so we work hard to keep all our staff happy and enthusiastic.

Benefits of working for Darkside Developments

Anyone working at Darkside Developments will be working for a fast moving business with great prospects and job satisfaction. All current staff are like minded enthusiasts keen to push the company forward as a team. We have an extensive racing calendar and assist all employees with their own projects. At the moment we have 24 key members of staff and the roles we are looking to fill will be working alongside current experienced individuals.

Other Benefits

  • New purpose built facility with modern, air conditioned offices, vehicle workshop, fabrication workshop, Chassis Dynamometer, warehousing and dispatch all on one site.
  • Competitive salary and substantial performance related bonus scheme
  • Significant ongoing investment in R&D projects, facilities and new equipment
  • Employee Pension Scheme
  • Discounted Car Parts and Labour
  • 100mbit Leased Line internet connection - No waiting for download and uploads!

Working Hours

Full Time Roles (Unless otherwise specified)
Monday to Friday - 08:00 till 17:00
Saturday - 09:00 till 15:00 - Negotiable
28 Paid Holiday days including Bank Holidays
Special working conditions may include one late evening per week and weekends away Racing

Recruitment Agencies (or associated services), please don't contact us about these roles via telephone or email

Job Purpose

Put simply, Tuning cars!

A great opportunity to work alongside both an experienced Powertrain Calibration Software Solutions Engineer and Software Developers. There is a genuine opportunity to grow within a company where your efforts will be not only noticed but rewarded.

The role will be based at our office facility within Darkside Developments. We perform a wide variety of tuning work from remapping of stock customer vehicles for improved performance, to making the latest OEM ECUs work with modified hardware such as larger turbochargers, injectors and fuel pumps on high power street and track/competition vehicles, including our 9 second Seat Arosa drag car. This work includes reverse engineering of factory calibration software, file interpretation, on vehicle tuning and research, as well as road, dyno and track side testing.

This role will suit a candidate with a mechanical or automotive engineering background. Salary will be based on experience level, we will consider both junior and senior level applicants. Knowledge gaps can be filled, and ideally we are looking for someone who can bring something new to the team. Aside from the main role, there will be an opportunity for a variety of work depending on the skills you can offer.

You will need to be able to work effectively as part of a close knit team, be highly motivated and organised with great attention to detail and an ambitious nature.

Role Specifics

Salary £30,000+ depending on experience
Permanent Employment
Company equipment supplied

Duties and Responsibilities

Testing and development of engine hardware and software on dyno, road and track
Reverse engineering OE binary and Hexadecimal
Data logging and analysis
Development of processes
Optimisation of power train hardware and software
Track side support of competition vehicles

Role Requirements

Mechanical or Automotive Engineering Degree
Good working knowledge of internal combustion engines and calibration principles
Working knowledge of WinOLS
Full, Clean UK driving license
Excellent computer literacy
Good knowledge of control systems desirable
Good knowledge of controller file structures, binary, and coding desirable