Team Manager

To be able to build an electric four-wheel driven car each year the team relies on a large pool of very enthusiastic sponsors. These range from large companies such as Siemens and AMK to the local water-cutter in Delft, each providing essential parts to be able to finish the car on time. Keeping the relations between the team and sponsor positive and finding new sponsors if necessary is the task of the Team Manager. Besides being in contact with sponsors on an almost daily basis the team manager is also responsible for keeping the atmosphere within the team positive, overseeing team logistics and resolving any managerial issues that might arise throughout the season.

Skills:

Leadership

Public speaking

Management

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Chief Engineer

The chief engineer is the only technical chief who doesn’t actually design a part of the car. Rather, he is responsible for the entire car. This entails making sure all interfaces between parts are resolved and that every component of the car has the best possible design. Because the chief engineer is involved in the entire design process, any big design choices are also only made with the concession of the chief engineer, as he is most familiar with the consequences of such choices. Once the design is completed, his task shifts to providing the manufacturing crews with the necessary drawings for production and beginning preparation for assembly and testing. Finally, at the competitions the chief has the important task being the main spokesperson for our electric racer.

Skills:
Leadership

Management

Engineering

Technical Manager

Designing, building and testing a car before any competition is a challenge in itself, especially if all the work has to be done in only 9 months time. Making sure that deadlines are met and the team doesn’t find itself lagging behind with only a month to go is the task of the technical manager. Being in charge of the planning it is one of his main roles to make the trade-off between time and the desire for extra performance from the technical part of the team.  His task is also to continuously adapt the planning and find solutions to delays and problems together with the chiefs.  Responsible for the planning, this position finds itself as the connecting element between the technical designs of the car, and the sponsors and the team that are going to produce the car.

Skills:

Project planning

Management

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Operations Manager

Having all the right sponsors and the car being built on time is one thing, but in the end it also needs to be transported to the competitions. This means not only transporting the car and all essentials to keep it running to the competition, but also a truck serving as mobile workshop and up to 50 team members. Having this run effortlessly to be able to maximize the car performance at the competition is the task of the operations manager. Besides making sure that the competitions run as smooth as silk, throughout the year he will make sure that lunch and dinner is supplied every day and that the small shop at the team is well stocked allowing the engineers to think about nothing else than designing their part.  The operations department is also tasked with organizing team bonding events and promotion items for the team. Finally the operations manager is also responsible for organising big events such as our design presentation, roll-out on Delft square and keeping the social media up to date.

Skills:
Communication

Organisation

Management

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Chief Electrics

Like the chief engineer, the chief electrical does not design any part of the car. His primary responsibility is to oversee the electrical design and to optimise interfaces between electrical components. As head responsible for the electrical systems he advises the chief engineer on trade-offs between mechanical and electrical performance. When the design is finalised the focus of the chief electric shifts to quality control, enforcing strict compliance with the design requirements. This includes rigorous testing of all sub assemblies.

Skills:
Leadership

Management

Engineering

 

The design and production of the car is split up into departments. Each department is responsible for a part of the car, and consists of a group of part-time and full-time engineers, headed by the department chief. Department chiefs are responsible for the top-level design of their section of the car and supporting their engineers in the design of their parts. Department chief is a full-time position.

Chief Electronics

Comparable to our own nervous system the electronics can be found throughout the car. Central to the electronics is the self developed ECU, which runs all safety systems and the control systems of the car. The Chief electronics is responsible for the development of all pcb’s in the car and that wishes of various other departments are met. This includes a multitude of sensors throughout the car as well as housing state of the art speed measurement devices and making sure these can communicate with our own software. Besides electronics he is also responsible for all software development required to make the car run safely and without any issues.

 

Skills:

Electronics circuit design

Software design

Management

Chief Powertrain

Connected directly to the drivetrain are the motors of the powertrain. The powertrain transforms the car from just a rolling chassis to a full blown formula student race car. The 4 electric motors are 1 of 3 assemblies covered by his department, the other 2 being the motor controller and accumulator. The accumulator stores the energy the car needs to complete the 22 km’s of endurance at the competition, and is one of the most complex, and strictly governed (by the rules) assemblies of the car. The motor controllers transform the dc current from the accumulator to the ac current required by the motors. They also contain a large variety of control systems to make the drive closer to its limits.

Skills:

CAD design

Mechatronic systems

Chief Drivetrain 

Our car is fully electric, but having just a battery and a set of electric motors doesn’t get you far when it comes to driving. The electrical power provided by the battery needs to be converted to mechanical power to allow any accelerating to happen. This is the task of the drivetrain department, headed by the chief drivetrain. The drivetrain subsystem consists of the upright, the motor, the transmission as well as the braking system, all packaged inside the wheel. All in all the drivetrain is one of the most striking assemblies on our car. Combined with our 14.5” tyres it is a system unique to our team.

Skills:

FEM analysis

CAD design

Chief Suspension

Where the vehicle dynamics aims to have the best theoretical vehicle performance, it is the job of the chief suspension to realize it on the car. Being the connecting element between drivetrain, part of the powertrain and chassis the job of the Chief suspension involves talking to numerous other people to satisfy all the requirements. Apart from the actual suspension he also leads a large part of the human-machine interface design. This is in the form of both the steering system and pedal box design, both vital to allow our drivers to extract the maximum performance out of the car.

Skills:

CAD design

Matlab

FEM analysis

Chief Vehicle Dynamics

Having all the necessary mechanical components, pcb’s and carbon fibre parts will make you a car, but it doesn’t mean that your car will be fast. That’s where the vehicle dynamics department led by the chief vehicle dynamics comes in. The chief vehicle dynamics is responsible for the theoretical vehicle performance. In practice this means that the car should be driveable for our students drivers and have as much grip as possible. Relying heavily on matlab simulations and kinematic calculations throughout the design phase the chief vehicle dynamics should always be one step ahead to get the right numbers to the right people to allow them to design. Besides vehicle performance he is also responsible for 1 part, the unique self-developed tyres of the car.

Skills:

Matlab

Simulink

Chief Aerodynamics

Being able to harness the power of directing air in a certain direction has always been a bit of a mystery. Trying to bring sense and science to this mystery is the task of the chief aerodynamics. He is responsible for the design of the  entire aerodynamics package, including both producing actual downforce as well as making sure the wings can be attached to the car. Aerodynamic design is done using cfd trying to extract maximum downforce at any speed. Unrelated to downforce, but still very much connected to aerodynamics is the cooling of the car which is an integral part of the aerodynamic package.

Skills:

CFD

CAD design

Chief Chassis 

The name of the chief chassis is a bit mis-leading. Although it is true that the chassis is the main part of his department the name Chief Carbon would be better suited. To keep weight to a minimum, but still have the required strength we try to use carbon fibre on as many places as possible in the car. Most obvious is the 1-piece monocoque we design and produce by ourself each year. It is the task of the chief chassis to make sure that the structural design is both rules compliant and able to cope with all the forces it encounters during driver. Furthermore it also needs to house the driver and give him or her ample room to, again, extract maximum performance out of the car. It doesn’t stop at the chassis as the Chief Chassis is also heavily involved in the structural design and production of the wings, rims, steering wheel, accumulator casing, motorcontroller casing, etc.

Skills:

CAD design

Composite structure analysis

Carbon fibre production

Next to the chiefs we are looking for full-time team members that are willing to devote themselves to the engineering design and production of an essential part of the car. Such parts may be the:

  • Aerodynamics

  • Accumulator

  • Motorcontroller

  • Electronic Control Unit

  • Controls Systems

  • Embedded Software

As a full-time engineer you will grow in your design capabilities designing a part from concept to product. You will also get the chance to produce your own parts and assemble them into an actual race car.

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