Engineering

Motorsport Engineer

Motorsport engineers design, develop and test new and improved designs for racing cars and bikes.

  • Entry-level education

    Bachelor’s degree

  • Job outlook

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What does a Motorsport Engineer do?

Motorsport engineers design, develop and test new and improved designs for vehicle structures, engines, transmissions, or other vehicle systems for racing cars and bikes.

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Work activities

As a motorsport engineer, you could work in either design, testing, production or racing.

Your duties in the first three areas would include:

  • assess new ideas by looking at performance, strength, costs and safety
  • turn design ideas into blueprints for development and testing
  • build prototypes using computer simulations and physical models
  • test prototypes and components to assess improved performance
  • test working models on the track before vehicles go into full production
  • carry out quality control checks on production vehicles
  • set up vehicles according to race track and weather conditions
  • monitor the performance of vehicles and components during races
  • carry out post-race tests and attend debriefings
  • specialise in either design, testing, production or racing.
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Key skills and interests

To become a motorsport engineer, you would need:

  • a strong interest in automotive engineering and design
  • excellent problem-solving skills
  • excellent technical knowledge and computer skills
  • the ability to analyse and interpret data
  • good communication skills.
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Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

If you work in design or production, you would usually work a standard number of hours per week. If you work with a race team, your hours would be long and irregular, particularly during race season.

Conditions

If you work in design or production, you are likely to be based at one site. If you work with a race team, you would be required to travel and would have lengthy periods of time away from home.

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How to become an Motorsport Engineer?

Entry Level Education

Motorsport engineers are qualified automotive engineers. To become an automotive engineer you usually have to complete a mechanical engineering degree at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, mathematics, chemistry and physics would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Mechanical engineering graduates may be eligible for membership of Engineers Australia.

www.engineersaustralia.org.au

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Job outlook

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Future job prospects for motorsport engineers appear neutral as motor sports continues to remain popular.

Continuing developments in performance enhancing technologies and developments will create stronger opportunities for those who can lead and/or move with these advancements.

Continuous upgrading of knowledge and skills will likely be important to sustain careers in this occupation.

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