‘I started my career with JLR 9 years ago, after graduating from Imperial College, London, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. My home department at the time was Diesel Calibration (essentially “tuning” diesel engines). After completing my graduate scheme in the Diesel Calibration department and learning quite a lot about engines, I’ve then moved to the Transmission Calibration department, where I have spent further 3.5 years tuning transmissions coupled with V8 petrol engines.
This was an excellent opportunity for me to directly influence what the customers will feel from their everyday drives in some fantastic vehicles (including Jaguar XE SV Project 8, the Record Holder for Fastest Four Door Production Sedan around Nürburgring, Range Rover Sport SVR and so on). These Calibration roles have given me the opportunities to go around the world, testing and calibrating our vehicles in extreme conditions, such as Death Valley in America and Sand Bowls in Dubai. These opportunities were great fun, and they have given me valuable lessons into the importance of engineering that goes into the early phases of the development cycle.’
Following on from my journey with ICE vehicles, I have then started to become interested in EV technologies. I believe, to achieve sustainability for future generations, we must develop and innovate technologies that will rapidly increase EV adoption, especially amongst the younger generation.
With this motivation, I have been fortunate to be working in the System Engineering division of Electrified Powertrain department for the last four years. I work to ensure our customers are not only satisfied but excited to be driving the portfolio of vehicles we develop. To achieve this, I work with my colleagues who are close to our customers and understand exactly how we can deliver a fantastic product to our customers. I then translate what this means in engineering terms (such as the required power from the electrified powertrain as a unit) and work very closely with our component experts to make sure we have a great combination of components to deliver a product that allows our vehicles to put a smile on our customers’ face every time they get in their vehicles.
Knowing this truly excites me and motivates me every day.
As engineers, we are challenging the norms for the efficiency and the performance of our electrified powertrains every day for a better, sustainable future!’