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Graduate, Control Systems Test Engineer

United Kingdom, , WokingF1 - Technical

Job description

Purpose of the Role:

Working within the Control Systems team, the purpose of this role is to be responsible for the design, planning, operation and analysis of tests performed at McLaren Racing’s dyno/rig test facilities, including our F1 transmission dyno. As such you will have an active role in our transmission test programme and contribute to the reliability and performance of current and future race cars. Additionally you will be involved in the development of configuration, validation, data monitoring and analysis tools used by the Control Systems department.

Role Dimensions:

This is primarily a factory-based role. Occasionally there may be a requirement to support Control Systems tests & development items at test rigs/ dynos off site, so some travel may be required.

Principal Accountabilities:

In this role you will:

  • Plan and organise dyno/rig tests and be the primary contact for scheduling/ prioritising of tests, liaising with the various departments within Production and Technical.
  • Support dyno/rig tests, including live data monitoring, ensuring that the desired objectives are achieved with high quality of data.
  • Analyse dyno/rig test data, guiding decision making through efficient reporting and high-level technical summaries.
  • Be involved in dyno/rig test preparation work, for example additional instrumentation set up/ calibration.
  • Management of the Standard ECU (SECU) configuration for dyno/rig running, ensuring alignment with trackside processes and methodology.
  • Manage and progress Transmission and Control Systems research and performance projects.
  • Develop and deploy build and configuration tools/processes, as well as data monitoring tools for use at dyno/ rig test facilities.
  • Drive the development of the dyno/rig test facilities, in order to improve test realism.
  • Be involved in the development of data analysis tools for Control Systems performance monitoring and optimisation, and associated data management.

Job requirements

Knowledge, Skills and Experience:


  • An excellent degree or postgraduate qualification in Control, Mechanical or other relevant Engineering discipline.
  • Experience working with MATLAB/Simulink.
  • Good problem-solving skills with a data driven approach.
  • Excellent organisation, communication and presentation skills
  • Flexible attitude and ability to work as part of a high performing team.

Additional skills and experience that would complement this role are:

  • Knowledge of racing car systems and related control techniques.
  • Experience in electronic control systems with a combination of mechanical/ hydraulic and electrical components.
  • Knowledge of MA F1 Standard ECU hardware and software development environment, and relating tools such as System Monitor, ATLAS and vTAG.

Personal Attributes:

  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated with high levels of initiative
  • Be able to work autonomously under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Be able to operate effectively as part of a team and engage with all levels in an organisation.
  • Be able to clearly communicate technical information.
  • Approachable, with balanced judgment and a high level of personal integrity.

What can McLaren offer?

We strive to provide a fun, innovative, collaborative and open culture where everyone’s input is welcome, and everyone feels part of our achievements. We work hard to create a culture of continuous improvement and support this with a proactive approach to management and personal development.

McLaren Racing is based at the iconic McLaren Technology Centre on the edge of Woking. Our large campus includes a gym, swimming pool, restaurant and indoor and outdoor break-out areas, as well as direct access to park land. MTC is connected to Woking mainline station via regular shuttle buses, from which London Waterloo is a 32min train ride.

We encourage hybrid working patterns to give you options to balance your home life and hobbies with your work, and offer a comprehensive package of benefits including private healthcare, car schemes, life insurance and generous pension contributions.