Getting involved in motorsports engineering

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Ferrari Addict, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. This is a topic I have dicussed before with a friend of mine, but I want to get your opinions on the matter.

    I would like to get involved in motorsports engineering. Currently I am a ME (2nd year), and I would specifically like to get involved in chassis and suspension design. I also like the idea of possibly getting involved in fluid dynamics (aerodynamicist, anyone?)

    Anyway, I would like to get involved in anything, really...Formula 1, European Truck Racing, FIA GT, ALMS, various open-wheel formulae, ect.

    Issue is, how do I get involved in the industry? I get the impression that competition is fierce for motorsports jobs, and obviously there are few to go around.

    Now my skoo' isn't involved in Formula SAE, but it is involved in Formula Hybrid SAE. I am going to try to get involved here when and where I can. But other than that, I am limited in terms of things I can get involved in.

    So what should I do?
  2. I want to design chassis.
  3. Contact your favorite team/teams, email them what the requirements of getting a job and if they recommend any schools.
  4. NO.
  5. I see you around a lot, but I still don't really know who you are.
  6. Already in college, don't wanna transfer, ect.

    But will try. (asking around)

    Have any idea what the chances of landing a job are?
  7. How so?
  8. I can't pin anything on you. Like, I can't remember any other things you've said but I KNOW i've seen you a lot.
  10. Ferrari Addict check PM
  11. That's because my posts last for three seconds before finally disappearing to the 27th page of the General Chat forum.

    Also, I am not good at producing w00t-isms, Hemi-isms, ect. I still have not produced memorable Ferrari Addict-isms.
  12. You can probably take classes geared towards automotive stuff, but I would imagine that would be later as a senior elective or something. Experience is the best though, and also start attending job fairs as soon as possible. If I could change one thing about my college career it would be to get involved in industry sooner. The experience and the money are great.
  13. Volunteer to crew for a local team for free on your weekends.
  14. Find other racing nuts and start an FSAE team with a 2 year build time. You could be a founding father. <A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  15. Build up a network of people because its never what you know, but who you know. Hang out at your local road courses and volunter for regional SCCA/organized racing helper jobs. Actively participate in car forums that have members who race professionaly (or are up and coming.)

    Other than starting off with a grunt job on a professional racing team and constantly show enthusiasm for years you're going to have to get to know people. I don't think it will be an overnight venture thats for sure.
  16. Lots of BJs help too.
  17. if you school doesnt have formula sae you're in the wrong school to get into anything with cars.
  18. This is very good advice, that and FSAE. If you do not do either you are going to have a really hard time finding a job.

    The only motorsports interview I had spent most of the time on FSAE, it really has become a prerequisite for motorsports engineering in America. Also they really wanted you to show a passion for motorsports.
  19. bingo.
  20. #21 Gunman, Aug 16, 2007
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 25, 2016

    Also check out the school links here:

    Check your PM's too.
  21. Folks around here call it, "Chassissis".
  22. Most ME students want to do that.
    I'd like to, obviously, but I don't see myself getting far into that field. It seems to be very competitive.
    However, being an member, I'm sure you will excel in it.

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