Steffan Williams, BEng Motorsport Engineering Graduate
"I come from a background in karting and rallying so being involved with the Formula Renault and Team MCR during University gave me an insight into two very different race cars. The projects also teach you the whole process of motorsport, including doing an “all-nighter” to fix the car when needed. These extra projects were invaluable, offering a chance to apply what was learned in lectures to real-life situations."
Harley Gasson, BEng (Hons) Motorsport Engineering / McLaren
"My job covers a range of responsibilities, starting from initial design concepts, calculations and analysis. The best thing about my job is the freedom of design and applying a wide range of skills learnt throughout my education. I enjoy solving problems from first principles and pushing the limits to achieve optimum component performance, whether that be through reduced weight, friction, noise and so on. The course had a hands-on approach and offered the freedom to become involved in extra-curricular motorsport activities. For two years I was Chief Engineer of the University’s Formula 4 team, and I was able to use the engine from this car for my dissertation focusing on the cylinder head performance and valvetrain dynamics."
Richard Browne, BEng Motorsport Engineering
"Race Engineer Volkswagen Motorsport GMBHI knew I wanted to work in Motorsport, but wasn’t 100% sure in what area. I was leaning towards design. I spoke to a lot of universities at the Autosport Show in Birmingham, and UWTSD: Swansea really stood out. They were helpful, flexible, realistic and their course was a perfect mix of hands-on and theory. My time in Swansea was very enjoyable, and the subjects covered are still useful to this day. The lecturers were professional and most importantly, very approachable. In 2013, I moved to Volkswagen Motorsport, to be Andreas Mikkelsen’s Chassis Engineer. I am responsible for the build and specification of the Chassis’ built for Andreas throughout the WRC season all within and conforming to the FIA regulations. On tests and rallies, I work with the driver to find a suitable setup that he is happy with. It is a very competitive and rewarding job, and I would not be here without my time in Swansea."
Dan May, BEng Motorsport Engineering Graduate
"My involvement with the Formula Renault team and with Team MCR, was by far my favourite experience whilst being at University. Not only do the projects allow some real-life experience of the theory learned during lectures, but it also provides the opportunity to make you more of a unique graduate when leaving University. It provided students like me with real-life experience of competing within a team, at real races, in proper championships. On top of this, the projects are great fun to be a part of."