Motorcycle Engineering - MEng | BEng
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Our Motorcycle Engineering programmes were developed to support the growing interest in both the motorcycle racing sector and the mainstream motorcycle production industry.
It will enable you to develop specific expertise required in the design, development and refinement of the modern motorcycle. The degree programme is well connected to the industry with direct links to teams in MotoGP, Moto2 and World SuperSport. With our academic staff working at the highest level of motorcycle sport.
UCAS Code (Foundation): H390
UCAS Code (MEng): 6D4B
UCAS Code (BEng): H331
Institution Code: T80
MEng 4 years f/t
BEng 3 years f/t
Foundation Entry - 4 years f/t
Walking into the Engine Build Lab for the first time was like a childhood dream, engine components stacked from floor to ceiling on racks with countless engine blocks on stands ready to be examined, I know I’d come to the right place.
Being able to use the experiences I have had during a race weekend for teaching in the classroom the next week during the lectures gets a good response from students. It keeps the lectures fresh and relevant and the students really seem to benefit from relating to it in this way.
After graduating from University I was able to jump straight to MotoGP as James Ellison’s Data Engineer for WCM in 2005. Since 2006 I have worked for the Tech3 Yamaha team working for riders such as Colin Edwards and Andrea Dovizioso. Being at the pinnacle of motorcycle engineering gives me a very unique insight into what the industry is looking for in its engineers and engineering development. These insights help us to tailor the course and what we teach to give students the best possible head start in not only motorcycle but the automotive engineering industry.
I joined Team V4 midway through my second year as I needed a change in direction for my project. I asked the guys on the team if I could get involved and they were more than happy for my input. Developing my design and analytical skills has been the most useful part of the experience and getting three wins in our first full weekend of racing will definitely stay with me as a highlight of my time at University.
For a rider it is an advantage when you are listening to lectures because they express the behaviours of the bike, of the engine and dynamics, and as a rider you have lived those things as a first person so you know what they are talking about. This makes it is easier to interpret and apply in your examples. When racing you can give a more technical point of view so when the engine behaves in a certain way you know what is happening, and when the bike moves in a certain way you are able to comprehend all the mechanics behind it with the suspension and with the flexibility of the chassis then your able to relay that information to the team.
The experience from involvement with the 'Team V4 Racing' project gives a unique aspect to put on your CV, its a combination of being able to show your own development ideas as an engineer, as well as being able to showcase yourself working in a team and I think those are really valuable things to take towards an employer come the end of the degree.
We ensure that the modules that you will study give you a comprehensive insight into the cutting edge world of motorcycle engineering and how it is evolving to meet the needs of the consumer, the industry and the environment. In recent years the advances that have been made in the field, due to the continued pressure of environmental sustainability and increaased performance, have led to great technological advances in both chassis and powertrain design and there are now large numbers of jobs for engineers with the skills that we provide.
Most of our modules are taught through a combination of lectures and practical workshop or laboratory experience. Students are actively encouraged to participate in the large number of extra curricular activities that we run as a school as we feel that these compliment the academic studies and provide real world examples on which to test the ideas and skills which you learn in the lecture theatre.
A number of themes are developed throughout the course.
The Core Engineering theme with subjects such as Maths, Thermodynamics, Mechanics and Structures are introduced in Year 1, developed in Year 2 with Thermofluid Mechanics and Engineering Structural Design and then explored in greater depth in Year 3 with Advanced Stress Analysis and Advanced Computational Methods.
The Design theme starts in Year 1 with Engineering Design and is then developed in Year 2 with CAE and Stress Analysis and the Group project, leading into Advanced Computational Methods and the Major Project in Year 3.
Finally the Applied Technology theme moves through Motorcycle Technology in Year 1, though Motorcycle Dynamics and Powertrain and Control in Year 2 to Advanced Motorcycle Dynamics in Year 3. Although not a theme in itself, Engineering Management, introduced in Year 2, underpins a successful approach to both the Group and Major Projects and provides a valuable insight into the management of both race teams and both small and large companies.
Year One - Level Four - MEng/BEng
- Engineering Science 1
- Engineering Science 2
- Engineering Design
- Motorcycle Technology
- Engineering Applications and Study Skills
Year Two - Level Five - MEng/BEng
- Group Project
- Thermofluid Mechanics
- Management and sustainability
- CAE and Stress Analysis
- Motorcycle Dynamics
- Powertrain and Control
Year Three - Level Six - MEng/BEng
- Major Project
- Advanced Stress Analysis and FEA
- Advanced Engine Design
- Advanced Computational Methods
- Advanced Motorcycle Dynamics
Year Four - Level Seven - MEng
- Group Research Project
- Numerical Methods
Optional Modules - Select Three:
- Advanced Composite Analaysis
- Aerodynamics and CFD
- Concept Engine Design and Prototype Manufacture
- Engine Performance and Emissions
- Vehicle Stability and Control
- Structural Integrity and Material Evaluation
- Design for Manufacture
- Advanced CADCAM
This course is for you if you are passionate about motorcycles and aspire to work in a cutting edge industry where precision and innovation are paramount. You need to enjoy analytical and numerate subjects such as Maths and Physics and are expected to achieve or have already achieved good A-Level (or equivalent) grades in these subjects. You see a career in the motorcycle industry as your ultimate goal.
This programme enables students to develop the specific expertise required in such areas as data acquisition, motorcycle dynamics, engine and powertrain development and motorcycle engine and chassis design for the development of the modern road and competition motorcycle.
Students from this programme have been involved with race teams from championships such as British Superbike and MotoGP, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has excellent links in this ever evolving industry.
Many of the staff in the university are keen motorcyclists and understand your passion for two wheels. We have a number of student led competition teams and extra curricula activities that can often be linked with your project and assignment work.
Despite the seeming specialisation of this course however, the skills you will gain are completely transferrable to the wider automotive industry which still provides an outstanding career path for many of our graduates.
The University is proud to have its students engaged in real world motorcycle racing activities as much as possible. The experience gained from getting involved in the sport is invaluable and gives a real contextualisation to the class study and a real opportunity to make your project work a true real world experience!
We have 2 race teams operating from the University at this time and have had great success in the past.
UWTSD ORTHRUS RACING
We are one of the very few, fully student led motorcycle race teams, and possibly the only one with a student rider competing in Europe.
We currently have two Suzuki SV650's, one of which we are completing our first season of racing on in the MiniTwin and SuperTwin classes in NGRRC.
The second bike is our development bike which will be raced in the SuperTwin class next season. We have big plans for the development including things such as engine tuning, making use of the universities engine dyno, flow bench and computational fluid dynamics software, and also designing and manufacturing a self-supporting carbon fibre seat unit using CAD software and the autoclave available to us.
There is much more development work that will go on and we all have very high goals for the project to further our degree and therefore future careers.
APEX EVOLUTION RACING
Apex Evolution Racing team is the collaboration of UWTSD motorcycle engineering students, STP race products and Luc Mamet. Racing SuperTwins Thundersport.
Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including traditional examinations, coursework, practical activities, group and individual presentations, all of which are designed to equip students with the experience and skills needed as they move forward in their studies and their careers.
MEng Motorcycle Engineering - UCAS CODE: 6D4B
130 points (previously 320) from numerate or technical A Level subjects, to include Maths or Physics at grade B or above. Maths GCSE at grade C is also required. Relevant experience may be considered.
BEng Motorcycle Engineering - UCAS CODE: H331
112 points (previously 280) from numerate or technical A Level subjects, to include Maths or Physics at grade B or above. Maths GCSE at grade C is also required. Relevant experience may be considered.
Our offers are not solely based on academic results. We take your skills, achievements and life experience into consideration. In such cases, they must provide evidence of capacity to pursue the course successfully. We like to give such applicants every opportunity to show that they have the motivation and ability to succeed in their chosen programme.
Graduates from this course have found employment throughout the motorcycle industry from specialist component manufacturers though to mainstream motorcycle manufacturers. Graduates are now working in roles such as engine development and calibration, race engineering support and performance analysis. The skills developed on the course are transferable to other industries and many students have moved into the wider automotive industry as well.
Our Motorcycle graduates have been employed by ECStar Suzuki, MarcVDS Honda, Tech3 Yamaha, Honda World Endurance, FTR, Kalex, Suter, Buell, Triumph, Norton, Royal Enfield, and have worked for race teams in MotoGP, Moto2, World SuperSport, British Superbike and Italian Superbike championships to name but a few.
Each year a number of our graduates have also chosen to continue their academic studies to Masters and PhD level.
Where are our Motorcycle Engineering Graduates?
Luke Jackson - Trident Powersports
Luke graduated from UWTSD in 2012 with a First Class Degree. He is now currently working Trident Powersports who are a sister company to Triumph. He has been given the post of powertrain design engineer. During his final year at the University Luke specialised in piston design using our CAD package’s and doing FEA analysis, coming up with a design for our very own VFR400’s which we hope to manufacture in house in the future..
Sven Lemmerling – KALEX
Sven graduated from UWTSD in 2011 with a First Class Degree. He has recently started working for Kalex in Germany, working on the new Moto3 bike. While at SMU, Sven specialised in composites engineering, designing and building a structural carbon fibre motorcycle swingarm for his final year project. The project resulted in a couple of conference publications and a press release by the company who provided the layup software, showcasing Sven’s project.
Ben Miller – Triumph
Ben graduated from UWTSD in 2011 after achieving a First Class Degree. It was only a short time before he was working as a graduate engineer in the engine and powertrain departments. Ben has recently been doing a lot of work with Ricardo Wave on exhaust noise and also cylinder head flow and valve timing and valve lift.
Ian Henshaw - FTR Moto
Ian graduated from UWTSD in 2010 after completing a final year project on the structural testing and simulation of motorcycle chassis. Ian soon put this expertise to good use and secured a job at FTR Moto. Ian is now a regular face in the pit-lane of many high profile events including MotoGP.
Mara Bernini - Yamaha Italy WSB
Mara graduated from UWTSD in 2010 after a final year project specialising in data acquisition. On returning to Italy, Mara secured a job with Yamaha Italy World Superbike team specialising in data and traction control systems. Mara has been spotted at a number of WSB events around Europe and has also been spotted test riding Yamaha motorcycles. Mara has now started working as a data engineer for Ducati in the Italian Superbike Championship....
Takuma Katada: Taki ‘The Demon’ Katada
Taki was with us at UWTSD for 3 years and built quite a reputation for himself in that time! It was believed that he actually was invincible (having crashed on 5 out of 6 recent trackdays without an injury). He is unstoppable in the wet and embarrasses people with double the horsepower! An electronics genius and weapons expert he is a force to be reckoned with and can solve ANY mathematical problem in 5.6 seconds with just his ‘special’ calculator. Last year Taki worked with Atsushi Watanabe of Rizla Suzuki BSB which is very worrying as he also had a reputation for not tightening things up to the required torque setting!
Alex Exarheas - Datron Technology
I graduated from UWTSD in 2008 with a 2:2, focusing mainly on data acquisition and 2D. I found this a way to further understand what happens to a motorcycle in motion, and developed a hobby into a passion. My dissertation was based on the effect of rear tyre profile on the maximum lean angle.
I worked in the BSB paddock with Gearlink Kawasaki as a Data Engineer before being offered a position with Datron Technology.
Keith Bidey - Mercedes GP Petronas F1
After training in Dassault Systèmes CATIA, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work a contract at the Honda F1 Team as a Computer Aided Design Engineer. On completion of the contract the Team offered me a position working as a CAD/CAM Support Engineer. I remained in my role when the Team became Brawn GP and later Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team.
Straight out of University this is a break I certainly can't complain about!
It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.
Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade.
Students studying this course are encouraged to work towards professional registration with the IMechE.