In October 2012, we went to the headquarters of Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne, Germany. TMG is basically the performance tuning arm of Toyota Motor Corporation, and has largely been responsible for the Japanese carmaker's motorsport activities. When we toured its facility, we had to keep our jaw from dropping to the floor. The place is a veritable shrine to automotive pornography: classic Toyota race cars...state-of-the-art R&D equipment...sophisticated car tools...intense-looking mechanical engineers...you name it.
We thought it was an awesome place to be working in. Assuming we were qualified for any of the jobs there, of course. Unfortunately, we realized the only task we could competently do at the facility was that of the building custodian. If only we had half the automotive engineering expertise of our technical editor, Ferman Lao.
Now, if you are a walking car mechanic's handbook and you dream of working around cars and engines, you might be interested to know that TMG currently has job vacancies, and these are:
* Aero Wind Tunnel Model Design Engineer: "We are seeking a design engineer to support our wind tunnel model design group with the design of a wide range of aerodynamic components related to wind tunnel model testing and subsequent real car use. These tasks include 3D modeling and detailing of components in CATIA V5 and of 2D drawings for manufacturing, carrying out design modifications as well as generating related documentation and creating parts lists in ENOVIA VPM. A close cooperation and information exchange with internal departments would also be part of the job."
* Aero Wind Tunnel Test Engineer: "We are currently seeking a wind tunnel test engineer for our aerodynamic department. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of aerodynamic development over a range of motorsport and road vehicle applications. He/she will generate innovative aerodynamic concepts and solutions as well as analyze, evaluate and report wind tunnel test results. His/her role also includes preparing and running tests according to requests and project schedules--both internal and for third-party customers. Maintenance and development of wind tunnel testing methodology, processes and tools plus close cooperation with and support of CFD groups would also be part of the job."
* CFD Engineer Methodology: "The successful candidate will be part of our aerodynamic department. While maintaining and further developing our current CFD techniques for a range of motorsport and road vehicle applications, he/she will also be in charge of determining the future direction of CFD methods and software usage. Working in close cooperation with the IT department, he/she will furthermore be responsible for ensuring the smooth running of our cluster. In addition, he/she will be involved in motorsport and road car development activities."
* Trucky: "We are looking for someone who will be responsible for the transportation of racing cars and equipment to and from events; installation and removal of equipment at the events; inspection, care and maintenance of trucks, pit installation and pit equipment; function tests of equipment; purification and care of service equipment, vehicle parts, tires and rims; securing of fire protection and safety regulations; loading and unloading of the trucks and overseas freight; cleaning of truck hall, equipment and pit; and support of the car crews with car preparation."
* Engine Design Engineer: "The primary role of the engine design engineer is to lead projects and to follow up various tasks related to the design of our race and road car engines. The successful candidate will conduct concept studies, layout plus assembly design; evaluate and coordinate technical and logistical requisitions; and check drawings and 3D models to ensure their required quality. Close cooperation and information exchange with internal departments as well as external companies are indispensable."
* General Design Engineers: "We are currently seeking several design engineers. The successful candidates will be responsible for design projects and related documentation of various components and assemblies. They will undertake 2D layouts, calculations, 3D design and development, and design of sub-assemblies. The roles may also include definition of rig tests. Working closely as part of a team of designers, they will be in charge of producing designs (including the respective tooling) and drawings, as well as providing full documentation in English. An essential part of the functions is to ensure on-time delivery of projects within agreed cost limits. We are looking for specialists in the following areas: gearbox/drivetrain, suspension, composite, and integration (engine cooling, fuel system, hydraulics, pneumatics, etc.)."
If you get in, TMG promises "an attractive package that includes competitive remuneration, 30 days of annual holiday (plus public holidays), relocation assistance, car leasing options, and discounted insurance. In addition, TMG's modern and dynamic working environment provides training and career development opportunities as well as a free on-site gym and a subsidized restaurant."
Interested? Send your CV together with a cover letter to email@example.com.
And in case you do land a job at TMG, don't forget to send us a note. We'd love to do a story on you. Good luck!
Top photo by Vernon B. Sarne; other photos by Toyota Motorsport GmbH