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Propulsion Engineering Undergraduate Programme

Jaguar Land Rover
Gaydon, Warwick
Closing date
26 Oct 2022

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Engineering & Aerospace
Role Type
Graduate, Other work and training
Start Date
12-18 months
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On successful completion of the undergraduate programme, you will be considered for a place on one of our graduate programmes. If you are to be offered a place on the graduate programme you will be informed shortly after completing your placement. You would join the graduate programme in the September of the year in which you graduate.


We are the future of modern luxury


We are the pioneers creating the next-generation of outstanding vehicles, founded on modern luxury. Each and every one of us are shaping the exceptional with soul. We are reimagining the driving of tomorrow and redefining what’s possible. 


We are the future of movement. 


We can’t wait to see what you can do with us. 


Propulsion Engineering


Fossil fuels have dominated automotive propulsion since cars were introduced, but our priorities are now very different. By the middle of the decade, Jaguar will have undergone a renaissance to emerge as a pure-electric luxury brand – and you will have the opportunity to help shape this.


On the Propulsion Undergraduate Programme, you could work in one of the following departments: Engineering Powertrain (EP) or Special Vehicle Operations (SVO). You will be allocated to a department based on personal preferences and business need.


Engineering Powertrain (EP)


Exploring the enormous potential of future propulsion systems, you will learn how to deliver solutions that meet the needs of today’s drivers and tomorrow’s world. You will work alongside experienced colleagues developing the engines, transmissions, drivelines, batteries, electric motors, hydrogen storage and fuel cells of the future. Along the way, you will enjoy extensive support to develop your knowledge and become a fully-fledged engineer.


Typical projects could include:


Electrified Propulsion Systems: You could find yourself focusing on the battery technology, electric drive units, charging and power electronics that will underpin the next generation of electrified powertrains.

Thermal Systems: Working on the next generation of propulsion thermal systems – a key enabler for maximising vehicles’ range and keeping the cabin occupants comfortable.

Future Propulsion Technologies: Focussing on the next generation of propulsion thermal systems – a key enabler for maximising vehicles’ range and keeping the cabin occupants comfortable. Finally, you may research future propulsion systems including hydrogen, fuel cells and alternative fuels. From day to day, you will undertake competitor benchmarking to develop strategies, create computer models to analyse and optimise physical components or systems, develop new software algorithms and control strategies and complete product testing and validation, whilst driving continuous improvement. This will give you unrivalled insight into our engineering activities – and real input into the future of propulsion.


Special Vehicle Operations (SVO)


SVO is responsible for the most luxurious and specialist vehicles within the premium brands of Jaguar and Land Rover. Home to diverse business areas and skill sets, SVO will give you a breadth of experience during the undergraduate programme to suit your interests and abilities.


Working on a variety of powertrain commodities and halo vehicle programmes, as well as chassis and vehicle engineering, you will partner with experienced colleagues who can rapidly develop your skills. For example, you could find yourself using simulation tools to specify future powertrains and developing technical solutions with partners or suppliers for Internal Combustion Engines (ICE), transmissions, cooling systems, batteries and electric machines as well as writing test plans and reviewing data. Few employers in the UK can offer such variety – or such scope to develop your technical knowledge.


What’s required?


You will need to hold or be on track to achieve at least a 2.2 degree in mechanical, electronic, software, chemical, aeronautical, automotive, materials or environmental engineering, aerospace computer science, mechatronics, maths or physics.


You will have a real passion for problem solving and the curiosity to understand business challenges and deliver innovative solutions. You will also have strong numerical and interpersonal skills and the confidence to champion new initiatives.


Please note that our undergraduate placement opportunities are open only to penultimate-year students (those who will be returning to their final year of study after their placement with us). All our undergraduate programmes have a fixed start date, commencing 3 July 2023.


Rewards and benefits


We haven’t yet confirmed our 2023 undergraduate programme salary, but in 2022 this was £19,452. You’ll also enjoy 26 days’ holiday, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, an excellent pension scheme and access to a wide range of deals and discounts from retailers and sports clubs.


Apply now


You will use your innovation and creativity to the full every day as you develop all the skills for a fast-moving career. With ongoing support from industry-leading experts, backed by continual learning opportunities, you’ll quickly realise that our programmes are as inspiring as the vehicles you’ll help to create.


Please be aware that we close our programmes at any point and at short notice based on the volume of applications. To give yourself the best chance of being considered for a place on this programme please apply early. 


You can find out more about our undergraduates and how they play their part on: 


Facebook – @lifeatJLR 


Twitter - @LifeatJLR 


Instagram – @lifeatjlr 


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