Jaguar Land Rover - Product Engineering - Propulsion Undergraduate

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£17,000 per annum + benefits
West Midlands, Nationwide, Coventry
31st January 2020
Start date:
June 2020
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Creating the cars of tomorrow is a challenge around 40,000 passionate Jaguar Land Rover colleagues take on every day. The way cars are created and driven is changing. And we are leading that change. Our vision is for a cleaner, smarter, more connected world where autonomous, connected, electrified and shared vehicles will replace the environmentally impactful world of the internal combustion engine. Throughout our history we have always taken on the challenges of creating the most prestigious, sustainable and desirable car


Internal combustion engines have dominated automotive propulsion since cars were introduced, but our objectives are changing. We must therefore continue to develop and refine quality combustion engines, whilst expanding more into hybrid and electric motors, catering to the demands of today and of the future.

At Jaguar Land Rover, our propulsion engineering teams are responsible for designing and developing the world class engines, transmissions, drivelines and electric motors that provide the driving force behind our vehicles. During your placement you will get to work in one of our propulsion engineering teams and develop experience and insight into our engineering approach.

The propulsion engineering teams use some of the most advanced techniques, facilities and knowledge to stay ahead of the competition, understand and predict customer demand, and respond quickly to changing technological, environmental and legislative factors that are driving such dramatic changes within the market. In order to develop your skills and knowledge to support this, you will work in a range of different environments using a mixture of engineering tools - such as Computer Aided Engineering (CAE), Computer Aided Design (CAD), problem solving and data analysis techniques. This will support the development of your technical knowledge at either component or system level from design to the operation of a variety of propulsion systems from the internal combustion engine to fully electric. In doing so you will gain a full understanding of the concept, design, development, optimisation and delivery of the components and systems that you work on which will start you on your journey to become a world class engineer with Jaguar Land Rover.

Examples of some of the exciting opportunities you may get to be involved in as an UG include:

You may be working as a fuel systems design and release engineer, responsible for the design development, release, validation and sign off fuels and urea system components. The role includes requirements capture, quality planning, design development, supporting concept development, supplier liaison, rig testing, system validation and sign off. This provides excellent exposure for building technical knowledge of fuel and urea distribution systems. The role requires building close working relationships within other areas of engineering such as Electrical, Body and Chassis engineering, as well as teams within manufacturing.

Another area you may work in is hybrid calibration which includes fine-tuning the torque delivery, energy management and “modes and transitions” for our electrified vehicles. The team tests and verifies the base level of engine management software and optimises it for a variety of parameters. 

A large proportion of the role is spent bug fixing the prototype vehicles as the maturity of the hardware increases to the production intent. There may also be the opportunity for simulation-based work, to conduct driveline simulations or emissions test cycles to optimise the performance of the vehicles within the virtual realm. This is a challenging and fulfilling role where you can tackle new problems every day, and gain knowledge of all the hybrid components integral to the future of the business.


Excellence runs throughout our entire business and we expect you to be the same. So, as well as working towards a degree in mechanical engineering or related degree; electronic or electrical engineering or related degree; software engineering; computer science; chemical engineering or mechatronics engineering at 2:2 level or higher, you’ll need drive, creativity, a keen eye for detail, and a never-ending commitment to delivering results.

Please be aware that our undergraduate placement opportunities are only open to penultimate year students (i.e. students who will be returning to their final year of study following their placement with us); or returning to university to study a Masters.

This undergraduate programme has a fixed start date commencing June 22, 2020 and will run for a duration of 3, 6 or 12 months. 


Your innovation and creativity will be challenged every day, as you develop a rigorous and commercially focused approach in your work. And, with on-going support from industry leading experts and continual learning opportunities, you’ll quickly realise that our programmes have been designed to be as inspiring as the pioneering vehicles you’ll help produce.

Whichever part of the business you join your hard work and contribution deserves recognition. You’ll receive a competitive salary of around £326 per week, or £17,000 per annum. For those on placements of longer than 3 months there is a generous holiday allowance. There are a range of other benefits and regular social events so plenty of chances to make friends and have fun too.

Play your part – apply now!

Jaguar Land Rover will not support any applications for visa sponsorship for this role and applicants must have the unrestricted right to work in the UK for an indefinite period.

Jaguar Land Rover is a multisite business and our opportunities could be based at any of our UK sites.

On making your application please use your personal email address and NOT a university or school address.

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to equal opportuntities for all.

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