General information

Job Title
Durability Testing Engineer
Ref #
Friday, October 7, 2022
Business area
Product Development
Vehicle Development
Position level
H - Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
Early, Early, Late, Late Monday to Friday

Description & Requirements


No restraints. No limitations. We don’t simply push boundaries. We completely rethink them. McLaren Automotive exists to create breath-taking performance road cars.

With innovation at the core of all we do, every challenge starts with the same question. How can we do it better? This restless spirit runs right through McLaren Automotive. And the search for perfection is evident in everything we do.

Purpose of Role

To perform engineering activities for high-performance road car durability testing programmes, managing and monitoring the durability attribute development. The role is based at the McLaren testing facility, within the Idiada proving ground in Spain.

Reporting to the Senior Durability Testing Engineer, the Durability Testing Engineer will be based at the McLaren testing facility, within the Idiada proving ground in Spain, and should expect to travel occasionally overseas, principally for the purposes of supporting testing activities and of technical contacts. Shift working is required over a 7 day 2 shift system.


Principal Accountabilities

· To take responsibility for planning, preparing, monitoring, analysing and reporting of activities related to vehicle durability tests.

· Main tasks:

  • Test planning: definition of the day by day test plan (including control plan, and consumables/spares plan), according to the resources and facilities available to execute the requested activities
  • Monitor the execution of the plan, revising and making contingency plans as required
  • Monitoring of the vehicle attributes degradation during the test, trough:

-  analysis and comparison of the control plan results (subjective and objective)

-  feedback by the durability drivers,

-  analysis of acquired data

  • Tracking of relevant tested components and the relative fatigue accumulated, through the McLaren/Durability informatics tool.
  • Management/Execution of the planned checks and controls (objective/subjective)
  • Analysis of the data acquired to monitor vehicle attributes degradation and diagnose issues
  • Managing test efficiency and timings : capability to minimize the vehicle downtimes and the testing costs, with quick problem solving and strategic decisions
  • Durability Issues and failures: accurate and quick first level diagnosis and related reporting through the McLaren informatics tools. Supported by the Durability Subject Matter Experts team.
  • Additional Reporting: daily test status update reports, daily update of performance degradation analysis reports, periodical updates of test plan reports, final test reports.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A good degree in Automotive or Mechanical Engineering is preferred
  • Ability to demonstrate a strong understanding of Durability & Reliability theories is required
  • Significant experience in an automotive test and development environment is required
  • A good level of management skills is required
  • Experience of any or all of the following is an advantage:
-  low volume, high performance vehicle programmes
-  delivery of whole vehicle development programmes, from concepts through to series production
-  a broad range of vehicle data acquisition, test and analysis techniques
  •  Be able to apply detailed technical knowledge to the understanding of new technologies, development of engineering designs and resolution of engineering problems
  • Must be proficient with all common Microsoft Office applications including Project
  • Matlab experience is preferred
  • Excellent English communication skills required, both verbal and written
Personal Attributes

  • Able to work well alongside a team of prototype technicians, providing leadership and guidance where needed
  • Able to make autonomous decisions
  • Must be well organised and methodical, with an excellent attention to detail
  • Able to work as an effective member of a team, while also confident to work alone
  • Can adapt quickly to become skilled with the use of new software
  • Should have a flexible approach to working hours
  • Must demonstrate a high level of self-motivation, initiative and flexibility, and determination to see a task through to completion
  • Able to remain focused under pressure
  • Must be fluent in the English language