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Graduates

For Graduates wishing to get involved in Motorsport, there can be no higher ambition than a career in Formula One. The Renault Sport Racing Graduate Programme offers exceptional opportunities for a select few each year, with positions across the company offering the ultimate experience and career development in true F1 engineering roles.

Over the past few years, over 50 graduates have joined roles across the team, based in many departments and differing disciplines :

  • Design
  • Aerodynamics/CFD
  • Aero Model Design
  • R&D
  • Vehicle Performance
  • Manufacturing

Unlike many other corporate graduate programmes, ours is very much a fast track induction to become an active team member, contributing directly to our on track presence. Rather than many typical industries, we do not operate cross department work experience placements or graduate based workshops. Our opportunities typically involve a steep learning curve working directly on engineering current and future F1 cars as an integral member of the team, offering the ultimate exposure to the challenges and rewards through being involved in F1 at Renault Sport Racing.

The programme is fully supported by HR and also through a dedicated Graduate Programme Manager, providing mentoring and support for our graduates, and liaison across the departments at a technical level to recruit the best available graduates for each position. The current graduates are very welcoming and undertake a number of social activities together, and we also have an online Graduate Alumni group established through LinkedIn to keep in touch over the longer term.

Our graduate programme offers rewarding salaried positions on fixed term/contract extension basis, with impressive career development and learning opportunities from the outset, combined with competitive structured salary progression as each role develops. While we cannot offer any long term promises to the total duration of each position on our graduate programme, many of our graduates have been with us a number of years now, many attaining permanent positions as their roles have developed to become an integral part of the department in which they work.

Graduate Programme positions and opportunities are largely structured around the academic calendar, with our appreciation of First Degree Graduates typically being available for work in the early summer, and Postgraduate courses completing later for autumn commencement. With this in mind, our main selection process is under consideration between May through to September, but other positions may become available throughout the year to suit specific project requirements and also through staff turnover. Please note that due to the flexible nature of our Graduate Programme, we do not recruit into all business areas each year. Graduate Positions will be advertised on our website as and when available.

I want to be a…

Race Support Engineer

Race Support Engineer

Race Support Engineer - Karel Loos

The job
The main part of my job is to support the engineers at the track before, during and after the event. During the event I provide support from the factory via the intercom and live telemetry. The second part of my role is to update the build spec of the car and act as a liaison between the Design Office and Race Engineering. Although the role is predominantly factory based, I have attended four races already this season.

First Steps
Before Uni I lived quite close to a race track in Belgium. I used to cycle there and ask people from teams if I could help. It went from cleaning rims to being a mechanic and then shadowing the race engineers. During the last few years at University I was a Race Engineer for a GT racing team.

What qualifications do I need ?
I studied in Belgium. At high school I chose a technical route. I then went on to study a Masters in Automotive Engineering. Following this I moved to the UK to study Motorsport Engineering and Management at Cranfield University.

Where would I start ?
After my experience in GT racing I joined the Team on the Graduate Scheme working in the Vehicle Performance Group. From this I move to Race Engineering. I would recommend anyone to gain work experience in a team via work experience programmes, placements or just helping out.

Race Team Mechanic

Race Team Mechanic

Race Team Mechanic – Andrew Christie

The Job
My job entails being responsible for building the rear end of one of the race cars. There are two levels of mechanic, a number 2 mechanic which there are 3 of on a car and one number 1 who is in charge. I attend all the races and tests and build the car with the other three mechanics. It also involves being part of the pit stop crew. 

First Steps
I completed an apprenticeship in motor vehicle engineering to NVQ and ONC level, whilst working in a small road car garage. The garage I worked in also prepared single seater and rally cars which is why I choose to work there. I offered to help one of the teams at my local circuit which was a big help. I was offered a job in Formula 3 in England on the basis of my experience in race cars, then I moved to A1GP with the same team. This gained me the experience necessary to get the job in a Formula 1.

What qualifications do I need ?
An apprenticeship in motor vehicle engineering to NVQ and ONC level.

Where would I start ?
The Motorsport College at Silverstone circuit do an apprenticeship in motorsport which is the path most school leavers take now, as they get placements with lower formula teams and work their way up through the categories. To get on this course you don’t need any previous mechanical experience so it is a good way for people to get involved that have not had the chance to get to a circuit before.

Composites Design Engineer

Composites Design Engineer

Composites Design Engineer – Leila Alvarez Garcia

The Job
The job of an F1 designer consists of devising car parts by collecting the surfaces from the aerodynamicists, the analysis from the stress engineers and the requests from the race team, and providing the precise instructions to how each component should be manufactured. We have to pay attention to every single part so that it’s the lightest, most efficient, legal solution ; working under tight geometrical constraints and safety requirements. Specially working with composites, where every component is custom-made and tailored to fit perfectly in the car. Although I have worked in many parts of the bodywork, wings and floor, my main involvement has been in the chassis, hence enhancing the importance of interaction with the rest of departments to get all the information accurately and in time.

First Steps
I studied for my degree back in Spain in Chemical Engineering, specialising in new materials, i.e. introduction to composites and strength of materials. It might seem unusual, since I was involved in different engineering projects that did not relate to automotive at all. I was considering joining several institutions for a PhD, however I finally decided that I wanted to pursue a career in a fast paced industry.

What qualifications do I need ?
I applied for a scholarship, sponsored by Fernando Alonso, to take a course in automotive engineering, in my case, a master in Racing Engine Design at Oxford Brookes. It’s during this course that I became more interested in motorsports as a professional opportunity. I then learnt about the Graduate Programme at Lotus and started in the composite design department. Having a broad spectrum of skills helped me to adapt to the work environment and accept the challenge of a very steep learning curve, however immensely rewarding.

Where would I start ?
Any experience acquired during or right after your studies is invaluable to decide the future path of your career, so I would suggest to get involved in different projects in order to find your interests. This will also allow you to establish relationships and networking which is key to learning about available opportunities. Finally, make the most of your background and focus on your target : the way may be tough but working in something that never ceases to motivate you is priceless.

Account Manager

Account Manager

Account Manager - Fleur Foster

The Job
As Account Manager, my role is to work with Team partners to deliver their contractual entitlements. Our partners range from Fortune 500 Companies to technical companies that supply technologies to develop the car. In any case, they are investing large amounts of money in the Team and it is my role to help them obtain the maximum return on their investment. In order to do this, I have to work very closely with people within the partner’s organisation to understand their sponsorship goals so as to develop relevant campaigns.
Our sponsors are a truly global collection of companies, and their markets reach all corners of the planet. This makes me very lucky because I get to travel to many of the races and work with the locals around their race activation.

First Steps
I first got into sport sponsorship with my first job after leaving uni. I was a marketing assistant and was given the job of managing the company’s sponsorship of a paintball team. I then moved into Rugby sponsorship for a large client and then got into Formula 1 in 2011.

What qualifications do I need ?
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management with a major in Marketing, and I have a CIM professional Diploma. But the role does not necessarily require these qualifications. I think the attitude as well as the experience are what is needed.

Where would I start ?
I think it is important to have client management experience in the sports industry. I would recommend working for any professional sports team or a client and an agency. A lot of clients work with agencies so having that experience is definitely beneficial.

CNC Machinist

CNC Machinist

CNC Machinist – James Corrigan

The Job
My role entails reading complex engineering drawings, programming /setting and running various mill/turn machines to manufacture an array of different car components within a tight timescale and to accurate tolerances.
It starts with a technical drawing being passed down from the drawing office, which I then either programme at the machine or offline, then machine the component, pass to inspection for final check, before part is placed in stores ready to be fitted to the car when required.

First Steps
I did a 4 year apprenticeship in mechanical engineering whilst working for a small sub contract firm, doing work for touring cars and various research and development work, before deciding I’d try and get into F1.

What qualifications do I need ?
Minimum of an apprenticeship in an engineering discipline is preferred, substantial experience and knowledge of production and manufacturing methods is essential. Experience in the motorsport sector or aerospace industries would be advantageous.

Where would I start ?
We have our own apprentice scheme also there are good selection of schools and colleges that are motorsport based in the UK.
If you have already completed an apprenticeship and are ready for full time work find out about the different teams requirements. For example : here at Lotus F1 we require Heidenhain control experience for CNC mill and turn roles, for programming we require CatiaV5 R20 and Vericut 7.2.
All large motorsport teams use contractors during busy periods of the year so this can be another way to gain the needed experience.

Composites Technician

Composites Technician

Composites Technician – Gavin Bolton

The Job
My job as a composites Technician involves the production of components such as wings, suspension, chassis bodywork and crash structures such as the nose and rear crash structure. Firstly layers of resin impregnated carbon fibre are laminated onto a mould. This is then cured in a vacuum bag inside an autoclave (pressurised oven) to set the resin and form a rigid structure.
From here, the cured component is removed from the mould and this is then trimmed to the correct outline shape. Lastly any small pieces or brackets are attached using adhesives or mechanical fixings (such as rivets) and then the finished component is passed on for inspection.

First steps
Work experience is a great place to start and I was very fortunate to get work experience with the Williams F1 Team. However, F1 teams are not the only place to apply as there are also many companies that work with composite materials in areas ranging from motorsports through to marine and aerospace.

What Qualifications do I need ?
I did a modern apprenticeship in motorsports engineering with this company’s previous guise - Benetton F1 Team. This included full time on the job learning here at Enstone and I studied for a GNVQ and NVQ levels 2 and 3 in motorsports engineering at Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire. This course has now transferred to Banbury and Bicester College in Oxfordshire.

Where would I start ?
An apprenticeship is a great way to gain the required qualifications whilst gaining on the job experience and I would recommend this to anyone looking to get into motorsports engineering. My course was also available as a full time college study course. There are also other college courses available around the country. Contact F1 teams and other motorsports companies and ask what they offer in the way of apprenticeships and then research college courses in motorsports engineering to see what courses are available.