Join the team The Galway energy-efficient car

Do you want to make the next Geec?

New Team forming September 2018

In September 2018 we’ll start assembling a team to design, build, manage and race the Geec 4 for competition at Shell Eco-marathon Europe in summer 2019. Members will be selected based on academic grades, other skills they can bring to the team, enthusiasm, ideas, organisation, and work ethic. 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.

Below you can find information from the 2017 – 2018 year and the positions on the Geec team.


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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 on the Geec application form and also through the normal project allocation process for your discipline. 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, driving strategy devleopment
  • Electric drive system: motor, motor controller, battery
  • Data acquisition: sensors, data logging, telemetry, display
  • Geec 4.0: structural design of monocoque for the 2018 car

Junior engineers

Each of the design-build-test areas above (except Geec 4.0 design) will be supported by a team of 1-3 junior engineers. These positions are open to students 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!


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Drivers need cool nerves, endurance, patience, tactical guile, and an engineering brain, all in a compact package. They’re a bit special. 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:

  • Sponsorship/fundraising
  • Communication (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 (probably in London) in May or June 2018 (expenses paid, if funds allow).


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How to apply

Fill in this application form and send it to by 5 pm Tuesday 12 September. Fourth-years must also go through their usual final year project allocation process at the same time. That’s all!