PU Engineer - Performance

For many fans of Formula One, the sport exists between lights and chequered flag on a Sunday afternoon. It begins and ends with the exploits of the drivers on the track. But this is merely the tip of the spear. The reality of modern F1 is that of a complex and intertwined operation, every part of which needs to perform near its limit if success is to be achieved. From the pit crew searching for the ultimate repeatable pit stop, to the inspiration of the designers, the application of engineers and the herculean efforts of an army of fabricators and machinists. Much of our success is thanks to the diversity of thought and spectrum of skill sets held within the team, our ability to recognise unique contributions from individual team members is just a part of why we love what we do.

Job Description

Red Bull Powertrains have several exciting opportunities to be a key part of our expanding Power Unit engineering team. Our open, dynamic environment ensures that everyone can make a valuable contribution and we are looking for creative Trackside PU Engineer - Performance to deliver World Championship winning Power Units year on year.

Working from our Milton Keynes factory and Trackside you will be integrated within Red Bull Powertrains. As a PU Engineer – Performance, you will play a crucial role in the development and performance optimisation of power unit performance for Red Bull Powertrains. You will be responsible for ensuring the power unit operates at its maximum performance and efficiency during race and test events along with test bed operations.

Key accountabilities of our Trackside PU Engineer – Performance Role:

  • Provide technical expertise and support during Formula One race events and testing sessions. Monitor and analyse the performance of power unit systems, troubleshoot issues, and optimise power unit parameters based on real-time data and feedback from drivers and other team members.
  • Analyse power unit telemetry data, including sensor measurements, PU performance, energy management, and fuel consumption. Identify areas for improvement, develop strategies for performance optimisation and provide recommendations to the design and development team.
  • Maintain accurate documentation of power unit system operations, reliability and performance data. Create technical reports and presentations to communicate findings, recommendations, and updates to the team and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the design and development team to contribute to the ongoing improvement of power unit systems, focusing on areas such as power delivery, energy recovery systems, cooling systems, and fuel efficiency.
  • Collaborate with various departments within the Formula One team, including aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics, and race strategy, to ensure the seamless integration of power unit systems with the overall vehicle performance. Work closely with the race engineers and data analysts to develop and implement performance enhancement strategies.

Experience and Characteristics needed for our Trackside PU Engineer – Performance Role:

  • Bachelor’s or Master's degree (minimum 2:1) in motorsports, engineering or related discipline or equivalent qualification or experience
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of power unit systems used in Formula One racing.
  • Experience working in a trackside support role for a Formula One team or in a similar motorsport environment is desirable
  • Proficiency in data analysis and telemetry systems used in motorsports, such as Atlas, System Monitor, MATLAB, Simulink, or similar tools.
  • Solid understanding of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and energy management principles.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively under high-pressure situations
  • Driven to succeed and win
  • Evidenced experience of complex decision making and strategic thinking when faced with imperfect data and challenging timelines
  • Analytical and data driven decision making
  • Diligent and thorough with a keen eye on attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills and fluency in spoken & written English

Not only is this a fantastic Trackside PU Engineer - Performance role, it is also a fantastic team to work in. A good salary is just the start, there are many other benefits too such as our bonus scheme, private health care cover, life assurance scheme, company contributed pension scheme, on site gym & fitness classes, free food, and a cycle to work scheme.

Thu, 25 Jul 2024

Red Bull Powertrains