General information

Job Title
Graduate Design Engineer – Cooling Fuel & HVAC
Ref #
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
United Kingdom
Business area
Product Development
Propulsion Systems
Position level
H - Qualified
Working time
Full Time
Contract type
Working pattern
8:30am - 5:30pm 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

  • Reporting to the Manager or Principal Engineer, the Graduate Design Engineer will be working on all aspects of Cooling, Fuel & HVAC team on our series and future vehicle programmes.
  • Working on a wide range of components.
  • “Cradle to Grave” approach – working within a cross functional team from R&D stage, through concept, design release, production launch and series production support to collectively deliver the whole vehicle specification targets.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Design and update components to meet cost targets while achieving challenging performance attributes and the lowest feasible weight.
  • Develop and update Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing on CAD models taking into account all inputs from parts suppliers, assembly processes and Dimensional Management studies.
  • Liaison with the rest of the design and engineering community, suppliers, manufacturing engineering and R&D team.
  • Supporting early concept and styling feasibility studies.
  • Coordinate your design work to deliver timely design releases.
  • Build support (prototype and production).
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement and further development of CAD modelling and product definition techniques.
  • Project manage scope of work, interfaces to other internal departments & interactions with suppliers.
  • Escalate issues & roadblocks to line management as appropriate.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Education to Degree level in a relevant Engineering discipline – mechanical, automotive, motorsport etc.
  • Experience of 3D CAD software, CATIA V5 is preferred.
  • Strong passion for automotive design and development.
  • Sound understanding of mechanical design fundamentals.
  • Great attention to detail and an attitude to produce ‘right first time’ quality work. 
  • Good materials knowledge, with emphasis on high performance and lightweight materials (carbon composites, glass composites, aluminium alloys).
  • Good understanding of GD&T standards.
  • Understanding of FE analysis techniques to drive structural design and its optimisation wold be an advantage.
  • PC literate and at ease with MS Office products.

Personal Attributes

  •     The ideal candidate is an individual with a strong passion for automotive engineering who is willing to be challenged with the design of the most innovative automotive concept designs.
  •      Must be a team player and be able to work closely with project and lead engineers as well as with suppliers.
  •      Flexibility and adaptability are key to become a leading member of our team.
  •     Good verbal and written communication skills.
  •      Proactive, well organized, diligent and reliable.
  •      We recognise that we can only achieve our vision with the dedication and collaboration of our world class employees.  It is our aim to become the employer of choice within the global automotive industry.