Software Engineering Undergraduate Programme: West Midlands
Programme Duration: 12 months.
Location: Gaydon, Whitley or The National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) at Warwick University.
Hybrid working is potentially available, depending on the area and manager.
Jaguar Land Rover is a multi-site business and you’ll be required to spend time working with different departments at several locations.
On successful completion of the undergraduate programme, you will be considered for a place on one of our graduate programmes. If you are to be offered a place on the graduate programme you will be informed shortly after completing your placement. You would join the graduate programme in the September of the year in which you graduate.
We are the future of modern luxury
We are the pioneers creating the next-generation of outstanding vehicles, founded on modern luxury. Each and every one of us are shaping the exceptional with soul. We are reimagining the driving of tomorrow and redefining what’s possible.
We are the future of movement.
We can’t wait to see what you can do with us.
Our future-focused vehicles incorporate some of the most advanced technology in everyday use on the planet, utilising software that is essential in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), infotainment and new electric propulsion. That puts our software engineers at the heart of innovating world-class products, and at the forefront of moving automotive.
As a successful undergraduate in this area of engineering, you will work alongside experienced engineers who will guide and support your growth as you become an experienced member of the software engineering community.
During your placement, you’ll work within one of our software teams to deliver best quality, reliable features that delight customers – gaining valuable insight into robust design and implementation and advanced validation techniques or developing tools and processes to support the work of our engineering teams.
On the Software Engineering Undergraduate Programme - West Midlands, you could work in one of the following departments: Engineering Body Chassis (EBC), Engineering Vehicle (EV), Engineering Operations (EO), Engineering Powertrain (EP), DPP (Digital Product Platform) or Engineering Research (ER).
You will be allocated to a department based on personal preferences and business need.
Engineering Body Chassis (EBC)
The Engineering Body Chassis department is responsible for most of what you see and touch in our cars. We work closely with design studios to translate award-winning concepts into engineering reality, factoring in performance, manufacturability, sustainability, cost and weight. Our remit spans lids, doors, structures, cabin and safety, cockpit, climate, seats, exteriors, lighting, glazing and roofs.
In short, we provide everything necessary for a great driving experience, including motion control systems for every situation. From axles to steering, brakes to suspension, we make it happen and you will be personally responsible for developing real-world engineering solutions – quickly gaining all the skills for a fast-moving engineering career.
Engineering Vehicle (EV)
Our role is to ensure that the user experience for all features meets the expectations of our customers and reflects our modern luxury brand. In short, we want to deliver simple, elegant experiences that remove friction from drivers’ lives. The UX Verification and Evaluation Team (VET) operates from concept to delivery of the user experience for all features, utilising Agile methodology and leading-edge visualisation tools to create innovative solutions.
You will become involved in all three areas of the team: behavioural researching, visualisation and evaluation. Benchmarking competitors’ offerings and gaining expert understanding of our product range, you will help to drive the delivery of tomorrow’s UX concepts today.
Engineering Powertrain (EP)
Software forms the brains of our vehicles. Through our in-house software development, we directly influence drivers’ experiences every time they use our cars. Utilising our agile methodology, automated tool chain and over-the-air deployment, your work will impact real customers right from the start. From day one, you will work on live projects with the support of your team, which could include developing high voltage chargers, DevOps or battery management software algorithms.
Engineering Operations (EO)
Engineering Operations underpins technical innovation and product delivery with engineering expertise, tools and processes plus specialist technical services to create our world class products. We are a diverse team that harnesses a variety of skill sets, from information management and data analytics to building and testing prototypes.
We are fundamentally involved at every stage of the engineering process, and are driving an exciting transformation in the way we design and deliver our products with class-leading technology and quality. You could find yourself operating within the central business office, product engineering, laboratory or chassis dyno or working as a software engineer, Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software transformation engineer or simulation and controls systems engineer.
DPP (Digital Product Platform)
Software is a key component of our future cars as the amount of technology in vehicles continues to increase to meet our customers’ evolving needs.
Our DPP team uses iterative and concurrent engineering approaches to deliver real innovation, harnessing a wealth of techniques, including model-based software development and directly writing code. You could be involved in creating this code or providing support and guidance to our suppliers to ensure we deliver robust products and satisfying user experiences. In the process, you could find yourself implementing elastic cloud-based infrastructures, utilising infrastructure as code and deploying a variety of scripting languages that will deliver the tools and environment for large software teams. Alternatively, you could undertake low-level software development to ensure our in-vehicle computer systems provide the best balance of performance, using boot charts, balancing processor core loading and refining fast-boot processes.
Engineering Research (ER)
In reimagining the future of movement, we’re putting software engineers in the driving seat where they can steer advancing technology in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), infotainment or electric propulsion.
Engineering Research is an exciting department to work in: we are looking into the future and trying to map what is going to be happening in the world as we identify unmet customer needs and evaluate the technology landscape to deliver innovative products and services.
You will need to be on track to achieve at least a 2.2 degree in software engineering, computer science, cyber engineering or a related discipline.
You will have a real passion for problem solving and the curiosity to understand business challenges and deliver innovative solutions. You will also have strong numerical and interpersonal skills and the confidence to champion new initiatives.
Please note that our undergraduate placement opportunities are open only to penultimate-year students (those who will be returning to their final year of study after their placement with us). All our undergraduate programmes have a fixed start date, commencing 3 July 2023.
Rewards and benefits
We haven’t yet confirmed our 2023 undergraduate programme salary, but in 2022 this was £19,452. You’ll also enjoy 26 days’ holiday, a discounted car purchase and lease scheme for you and your family, an excellent pension scheme and access to a wide range of deals and discounts from retailers and sports clubs.
You will use your innovation and creativity to the full every day as you develop all the skills for a fast-moving career. With ongoing support from industry-leading experts, backed by continual learning opportunities, you’ll quickly realise that our programmes are as inspiring as the vehicles you’ll help to create.
Please be aware that we close our programmes at any point and at short notice based on the volume of applications. To give yourself the best chance of being considered for a place on this programme please apply early.
You can find out more about our undergraduates and how they play their part on:
Facebook – @lifeatJLR
Twitter - @LifeatJLR
Instagram – @lifeatjlr
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