Career Opportunities for Graduates
The UK is well recognised as an international centre for automotive design in the areas of motorsport, engines and volume car manufacturing. Graduates from the University of Bolton have gained employment with companies such as Aston Martin, Jaguar Land Rover, Cosworth Engineering, Triumph Motorcycles and Chrysler. Our two great degree courses cover computer aided design and analysis as well as overall vehicle concept design. This combination of theory mixed with practical experience aims to produce graduates who have recognisable skills that are highly sought after by employers in the industry.
Chassis Dyamics and Aerodynamics
Opportunities exist within the motorsport and automobile engineering sector for specialists in chassis design and aerodynamics. Our courses aspire to provide a practical background including wind tunnel testing, computational analysis using industry-standard software and practical projects in these areas. These two areas are highly sought after by the crème de la crème of motorsport – Formula One.
The skills our students develop on our courses are applicable to a wide range of industries, from manufacturing to design consultancies, to aerospace and renewable energy. The modules in these courses are designed to develop students’ talents in advanced materials, such as composites, as well as engine technology, computational modelling and test methodology. The flexibility of engineering gives transferable skills, enabling our graduates to apply to a wide range of industry sectors and roles.
Motorsport and Trackside Technology
We aspire to offer our students extensive practical work, including attending track tests, so they have the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to analyse data from racing cars, modify them for lap time improvement and give appropriate feedback to racing drivers. Our courses use MOTEC data logging systems as the base for on-track testing, combined with analysis such as suspension settings, damper and spring properties and tyre properties. Past graduates have gained employment in the racing areas of GP2, touring cars and sports car racing.
Engines and Performance Modelling
The need for improved fuel economy and environmental concerns in both motorsport and automotive engineering has led to a growth in opportunities for engineering graduates in engines and performance modelling. Our courses cover modern technology in engines, hybrid vehicle systems, and even electric vehicles. The complexities of modern vehicle performance prediction are also covered, as is engine and vehicle performance testing. Because of this growth in opportunities within these areas many former students have worked with companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Millbrook Proving Ground and Cosworth Engineering.