Join the team The Galway energy-efficient car

Do you want to create the next Geec?

Now is the time!

We are recruiting for the new team to design, build, test and manage the 5th-generation Geec, and race it at Shell Eco-marathon Europe in summer 2019. In 2018 we took home the Technical Innovation Award. Our next goal is a podium finish for energy efficiency. Team members will be selected based not only on academic grades, but also specialist skills they can bring to the team, enthusiasm, ideas, organisation, and work ethic. All positions are open to students of Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic, Electronic & Computer, Energy Systems, and Undenominated Engineering at NUI Galway. There are opportunities for students from first year to fourth year with a variety of skills and interests. The Geec isn’t just an engineering project – it’s a business that needs administration, finance, marketing and all that goes with it. And of course, drivers. Interested? Come to our meeting at 1pm on Thursday 13 September in room ENG-2002, and send your application by 17 September. (As well as completing that form, fourth year students should also apply for Geec-related projects through the usual FYP allocation system.)

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Engineering team leaders / final year projects (design, build and test)

These projects are open to fourth-year students, and they will be full final-year projects. Each of these engineers will be responsible for designing and delivering one of the car’s systems on schedule and within budget, and testing it on and off the car. Junior engineers (see below) will assist on each project. You must apply for these positions through the normal project allocation process for your discipline (as well as sending in a Geec team application). Energy Systems Engineering students are welcome to apply for projects in their elective stream. These are examples of FYP topics:

  • Chassis: brakes, steering, cockpit, bearings, axles, chassis-body integration
  • Drivetrain: motor testing, gearing, transmission, modelling, drive plan development
  • Electric drive system: motor, motor controller, battery
  • Data acquisition: sensors, data logging, telemetry, display
  • Body: structural design of monocoque
  • Future Geec: aerodynamic and structural design of the 2020 Geec

Junior engineers

Most of the design-build-test areas above will be supported by a team of 1-3 junior engineers. These positions are open to students of Mechanical, Electrical & Electronic in first, second and third year. A season or two as a junior engineer is a great way to prepare for a future career as a team leader!

Drivers

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Drivers are a bit special. They need cool nerves, endurance, patience, tactical guile, a certain controlled killer instinct, and an engineering brain, all in a compact package. You must be less than 1.65 m tall, and less than 60 kg. A track record in competitive sport (especially efficiency-oriented sports like cycling, running or sailing) is a bonus. First-years are particularly welcome as they have the potential to build up 4 years of race experience. Driving is a year-long assignment, with testing and training throughout the year. Drivers are encouraged to take on engineering responsibilities as well.

Business and communication

Like any modern engineering enterprise, the Geec team needs a diverse range of skills. These are some of them:

  • Fundraising
  • Communication and marketing (press, social media, letters, brochures, events)
  • Website design and management
  • Photography and video
  • Graphic design (brochures, website, car)
  • Accounts
  • Simulator/game/app development

It’s likely that one person could fill more than one of these roles. Engineering students can combine these roles with engineering work, and gaining experience in the business side of the team can be a good preparation for engineering lead roles in later years.

General requirements

For engineering positions, you must be an undergraduate student of mechanical, electrical & electronic, electronic & computer, energy systems, or undenominated engineering at NUI Galway. Business and communication roles are open to all NUI Galway undergraduates. You should have good academic grades, and a desire to get your hands dirty turning theory into machinery. People with specific technical and business skills are very welcome. Every single team member has to work hard, talk straight, share in the tedious little jobs and the big glamorous ones (sometimes 7 days a week), and have fun. If successful, the team will travel to compete in Shell Eco-marathon Europe (location unknown) in summer 2019 (expenses paid, if funds allow).

 

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How to apply

Download this application form and return it by Monday 17 September.