F1: Renault to offer new opportunities to young engineers
By LJ Hutchins
Monday, March 22nd, 2010
Fancy making your career in F1? If so you need to know that Renault F1 is offering two six-month internships which can be taken at its Oxfordshire base and which will offer young engineering graduates the opportunity of a lifetime.
The successful applicants will win their places through a tough competition designed to prove their suitability. Every year since the scheme’s foundation in 2004, just one applicant has been accepted, but this year two will be launching their performance engineering careers.
With the competition organised through the Altran Engineering Academy, applicants must either have just graduated or be about to graduate with a bachelors or masters degree in a science, engineering or technology subject.
They are being asked to submit a project that improves safety, reliability or performance in the following areas: aerodynamics, control systems and electronics, design and analysis, performance engineering, power-train energy recovery, R&D of materials, transducers and test technology and vehicle dynamics.
Applicants are also asked to draw up a six-month development plan for putting their idea into practice.
Entry closes on May 28 and submissions will be judged by a panel of experts from Altran and the Renault F1 Team on their concept, their clarity and their demonstration of scientific and engineering knowledge.
British youngsters have been well-represented on the scheme with Mark Caldwell winning an inaugural internship in 2004 and Helen Makey being the successful candidate of 2009. Other interns have come from Spain, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Brazil.
Robin Tuluie, Head of R&D for the Renault F1 team, said: “Last year the level of candidates was as high as ever but unfortunately there could only be one winner.
“I was really impressed by the preparation, the passion and research they had put into their work, and I am sure they will all have successful careers. I hope all of them will fulfill their dream one day.”
The first stages of the competition are based on the region of the world in which entrants have studied or graduated in. Each region will select its best candidate in June, sending him or her to Enstone for a final presentation on July 13. Winners will work either in Enstone or at the Viry-Châtillon engine plant in France.
For the duration of the work placement each will enjoy a Renault F1 company car with a fuel card, a total minimum salary of £6,500 and accommodation.
So, what are you waiting for? Get thinking!
All images are courtesy of Altran.