Jaguar Land Rover
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Hardware and Mechatronics Undergraduate

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

Our undergraduate programmes are the start of a fantastic career with Jaguar Land Rover. The reality of the projects we’ll immerse you in will surprise you. They offer real-world experience that will prepare you for a rapidly changing world and equip you for the future.

Our programmes are aimed at people who have a passion for learning and a passion for pioneering. Ambitious, innovative and determined people, who respect our heritage and think beyond the challenges of today to build the cars of tomorrow. With a blend of hands-on experience and qualifications to target, our undergraduates work on projects that are fundamental to our global success.
Show us your passion and performance, and we may give you the opportunity to progress onto our graduate programme.

Hardware and Mechatronics

Hardware and Mechatronics is at the heart of all Jaguar Land Rover vehicles and fundamental in how we respond to the future challenges in the automotive industry. From the Vehicle Dynamics and Off-Road Capability which serve as key differentiators for our brands through to the door systems and headlamps, to glazing and seats, our engineers focus on everything from mechanical design, integration and system engineering to ensure detailed execution and the highest levels of craftsmanship.

As the customers vehicle interactions become more automated, an increasing amount of interactions with the mechanical systems are controlled with electronic modules.

The Pathway

Hardware and Mechatronics engineering is responsible for the delivery of vehicle attributes, the integration of complex physical and electromechanical systems, and for the detailed engineering designs and implementations that result in award winning products that provide experiences people will love, for life.

We are focused on delivering outstanding customer experiences. This is supported by the creative and innovative skills of our people as well as the range of tools and processes we use. Failure mode and safety analysis provides both safety critical systems and high quality parts for our customers, fundamental part design and testing helps create engineering specification using CAD and CAE tools, and world class System Engineering tools assist us in designing our electromechanical control systems – you could be part of this highest level of craftsmanship.
Opportunities you may get to be involved in:
If you were working in Electrical & Vehicle Engineering, you will be working with multiple teams across the organisation to understand how the electronic and mechanical systems interface with one another. You will be required to engage with stakeholders across the vehicle platform to ensure a robust interaction between the electronic modules and mechanical movement, to provide the experience our customers will love for life. This could be from moving a seat to a position personalised to the occupant every time they use the vehicle, to improving the accessibility to the vehicle by opening the door upon request.

Or if you were working in Body Chassis, you may have a highly technical role as part of the CAE team or as part of a commodity such as seating. You will become part of a team focusing on delivering high quality engineering solutions but be required to work with many cross functional teams from design and attribute teams to purchasing and our suppliers.

As a component engineer, you would lead some activities to make sure components are engineered efficiently optimizing quality, performance and cost. For example, you may work with the wider engineering team on full vehicle simulations and the data from physical tests. These outputs are used to understand the system performance for attributes such as crash, durability and noise, and vibration and harshness (NVH). You will identify and make recommendations for component improvements maintaining the customer’s requirements at the forefront of decision making.

Rewards and benefits

Your innovation and creativity will be challenged every day, as you develop a rigorous and commercially focused approach in your work. And, with on-going support from industry leading experts and continual learning opportunities, you’ll quickly realise that our programmes have been designed to be as inspiring as the pioneering vehicles you’ll help produce.

Whichever part of the business you join your hard work and contribution deserves recognition.

For those on placements of longer than three months there is a generous holiday allowance. There are a range of other benefits and regular social events so plenty of chances to make friends and have fun too.

As a successful undergraduate applicant in this area of engineering, you will become part of a multi-disciplined team of experienced engineers who will develop your skills in hardware and mechatronic design.

What we are looking for


Excellence runs throughout our entire business and we expect you to be the same. So, as well as working towards a degree in any engineering discipline; mechatronics; computer science/programming; physics; chemistry and Maths at 2:2 level or higher, you’ll need drive, creativity, a keen eye for detail, and a never-ending commitment to delivering results.

Please be aware that our undergraduate placement opportunities are only open to penultimate year students (i.e. students who will be returning to their final year of study following their placement with us); or returning to university to study a Masters.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

West Midlands

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Please be aware that if any of our programmes become oversubscribed, we will close them for applications before the stated deadline. We strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible.

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 31 December 2020

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Closing date:  31 December 2020

Expires29 days

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