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
- 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?
Giovanni Piras - Suzuki MotoGP
Gio graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Motorcycle Engineering in 2015. During his time at the university he developed a keen interest in motorcycle dynamics and data analysis, whilst working for Moto Rapido Racing Ducati in BSB he quickly progressed from the role of Chief Mechanic to Race Engineer where he had the opportunity to put into practice the skills gained from the course and to validate the work carried out in his dissertation and was in charge of the vehicle set-up and data analysis for riders Jakub Smrž and John Hopkins.
Starting from January 2016 Gio secured his dream job working in MotoGP for the Suzuki Factory Team as a Performance Engineer, analysing data for both riders Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaro.
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 that 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.
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 the 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!