Jaguar Land Rover
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Propulsion 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.


Fossil fuels have dominated automotive propulsion since cars were introduced, but our priorities are now very different. We must therefore continue to develop and refine quality combustion engines, whilst expanding more into hybrid and electric motors, catering to the demands of today and of the future.

Within Jaguar Land Rover, our Propulsion engineering teams are responsible for designing and developing the world class engines, transmissions, drivelines and electric motors that provide the driving force behind our vehicles. Through your placement you will get to work in one of our Propulsion Engineering teams and develop experience and insight into our Engineering approach.

The Pathway

As a successful undergraduate in this area of engineering you will learn what it takes to deliver the high-quality propulsion systems of the future and become an experienced member of the propulsion engineering community.

The Propulsion engineering teams utilise some of the most advanced techniques, facilities and knowledge to stay ahead of the competition, understand and predict customer demand, and respond quickly to changing technological, environmental and legislative factors that are driving such dramatic changes within the market. In order to develop your skills and competence to support this effort you will work in a range of different environments using a mixture of engineering tools - such as CAE, CAD, problem solving and data analysis techniques while working with the team you are in and their customer groups.

This will support the development of your technical knowledge at either component or system level from design to the operation of a variety of propulsion systems from the internal combustion engine to fully electric. In doing so you will gain a full understanding of the concept, design, development, optimisation and delivery of the components and systems that you work on which will start you on your journey to become a world class engineer with Jaguar Land Rover.

Opportunities you may get to be involved in

Inverter Engineering
Jaguar Land Rover’s portfolio of electrified powertrains continues to grow. As part of the team working on Inverters you will be learn about High Voltage Power Electronics within the electrified powertrain developing an understanding of the traction inverter and its functionality. You will also be taught about the hardware and the software that enables the traction inverter to convert DC to AC voltage to drive an electric motor. Ideally you will have an Electrical or Electronics Engineering background.

Cell Engineering
The Advanced Cell Engineering Team is growing, and it is set to train the next generation of engineers to support electrification activities to support strategic programmes across Powertrain. In this role you will learn about cell electrochemistry – how the cell works - and analyse how the Li-on Cells perform and age. By analysing cell data you will support the downstream battery development and testing process. Ideally you will have a Chemical Engineering background.

Powertrain Electrical Distribution Systems (EDS) Engineering
The Powertrain EDS Team is a growing team responsible for all of the electrical distribution systems for all Powertrain developments. You will have an opportunity to work with both supplier and customer teams so that you understand the full workflow cycle. Ideally you will have an Electrical Engineering background.

Quality Engineering
You will be part of the Quality Engineering resource that is required to support the transition of the latest battery technology from launch to the current car. In doing so you will help capture key launch issues supporting a lessons’ learnt approach as the programme transitions to the current vehicle team. You will be able to describe the layout and operation of the battery and analyse and solve battery issues using the appropriate problem-solving methodology and inspect and examine battery diagnostic data and test service procedures. Ideally you will have an Electrical Engineering background.

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 in this area of engineering you will learn what it takes to deliver the high-quality propulsion systems of the future and become an experienced member of the propulsion engineering community.

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 mechanical engineering or related degree; electronic or electrical engineering or related degree; software engineering; computer science; chemical engineering or mechatronics engineering 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

Expires27 days

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