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Motorsport engineer

Motorsport engineers design, build and test racing cars and bikes.

Potential salary

£18,000 to £60,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

39 to 41 variable

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • analytical thinking skills
  • customer service skills
  • persistence and determination
  • the ability to work well with others
  • problem-solving skills
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As a motorsport engineer working in design, testing or production, your day-to-day duties may include:

  • assessing new ideas by looking at performance, strength, costs and safety
  • designing prototypes with computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • testing components and bodywork
  • testing working models on the track
  • building production models and carrying out quality control checks
  • 'finishing' vehicles with the team's colours and sponsorship logos

As a motorsport engineer working in racing, your day-to-day duties may include:

  • setting up vehicles to suit track and weather conditions
  • monitoring engine speed and other data during races
  • fine tuning the vehicle and sending technical instructions to the driver or rider
  • carrying out ‘after-tests’ on vehicles after a race to look for signs of damage

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work at a car manufacturing plant, at a garage or in a laboratory.

With experience, you could specialise in a particular engineering field, like engine transmission or electronics.

You could also progress to test or workshop manager, chief engineer, technical coordinator or technical manager.

You could also work towards incorporated or chartered engineer status by applying to the Engineering Council.

You can get more advice about careers in motorsport from the Motorsport Industry Association and Your Future in Automotive.

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