Design, Early Careers, People, Undergraduate

From day one, I have been taken seriously, as a valued member of the team.

‘During my placement at Jaguar Land Rover, I am part of the Interior Surfacing team. My department works to perfect all the interior surfaces the customer can see, balancing both design intent with manufacturing feasibility. After 3 months of training on a CAD software new to me, I am now working on live programs, helping to develop and finalise the A-surface geometry of interior parts for production. The team are always happy to help me, creating a really supportive environment in which to learn and develop my skills.

As well as gaining invaluable experience within my department, this opportunity has also offered the development of many professional soft skills, including presenting, teamwork, and project management. Gaining these skills at Jaguar Land Rover so early in my career, gives me great confidence in progressing further.

Additionally, the undergraduate programme has provided endless occasions to network with likeminded people at all levels of the business. From socialising with fellow Interns to presenting my work to senior designer’s, Jaguar Land Rover’s people culture has given me the chance to interact with and learn from everyone I meet.

From day one, I have been taken seriously, as a valued member of the team, being actively encouraged to contribute to the design and development of Jaguar Land Rover’s cutting edge vehicles. Having gained so much already, I’m excited for what lies ahead.’

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Early Careers, Engineering, Home Page, Undergraduate

As an undergraduate, I have learnt more than I ever expected.

‘At the start of my placement, I was assigned to the Human Factors team, an attribute in Vehicle Engineering. Human Factors develop ergonomic requirements for the vehicles, applying knowledge of people, their abilities, characteristic and limitations, with the aim of creating a high functioning and luxury experience for the customer.

I hadn’t previously had any experience within ergonomics, but so far, I’ve found it incredibly interesting and learnt more than I ever expected in such a short space of time. My manager gave me the opportunity to learn to use a human modelling software and the main CAD platform, which have now become the core part of my job. This made my role feel key to the team and means I get to work on projects with disciplines across the company.

Engineering is notoriously a male dominated field, however Jaguar Land Rover have put a lot of work into improving diversity and making a comfortable and inclusive environment. I have always felt valued and listened to and have been truly impressed with Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to increasing the number of women in engineering, particularly within Early Careers.

I’d really recommend that any new starter come in with the confidence to speak up and get involved with everything they find interesting. As an undergraduate, you’ll never know everything, but people will want to hear a new perspective and help you learn as much as possible.’

Applications for our Undergraduate Programmes are now open. Find out how you can help define the future of movement here:

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Diversity & Inclusion, Early Careers, Engineering, Home Page, Powertrain, Undergraduate

Everyone around you wants the best for you and are willing to help you out.

“Even though Jaguar Land Rover is a large company I’ve been given lots of responsibilities straight away and really feel I’m part of the team. Everyone around you wants the best for you and are willing to help you out and include you in all the new and exciting projects. My manager and the Early Careers team have tailored projects and my placement based of what I would like from my experience here.

Currently I’m work on a project in EDS on harnesses, alongside three of my own projects that I’ll complete throughout my yearlong placement. I will present these projects at the end of my placement with my learnings.

There are fewer women in engineering, especially in Powertrain, than men but this is changing with the new intakes in early careers. It’s an exciting time to be a part of the business.”

Applications for our Undergraduate Programmes are now open. Find out how you can help define the future of movement here:

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Body Engineering, Design, Early Careers, Home Page, Undergraduate

I’d say the most exciting part of the role so far is the environment I’m working in.

‘Everything has been incredibly positive- at work and socially. In the office the team has welcomed me with open arms, the Early Careers team has done a fantastic job of setting up events so that we can all meet each other outside of work.

My role in Surfacing has been a steep learning curve. The programme we learn is so complex that we’ve had one-on-one training for 3 months. I’ve just graduated from that though and, having got to grips with the programme now, I can say it’s really rewarding and feels like a key role to finalise the design process.

I came from SolidWorks which is a parametric modeller and ICEM Surf I work with now is a freeform tool so it’s like a completely different language. Using nodes to control surfaces allows us to be incredibly accurate, which is the main priority for an A-Class Surfacer.

I’d say the most exciting part of the role so far is the environment I’m working in. The studios are state-of-the-art and the number of things I’ve seen that I can’t talk about really makes the role feel special! Moving forwards, I’m hoping to work on production vehicles so that in a few years, when the vehicles are out, I’ll be able to point and say, ‘I surfaced that.’

Applications for our undergraduate programmes are now open. Find out how you can define the future of movement here: Undergraduates (

Body Engineering, Engineering, People, Undergraduate

The real faces of JLR – Michael Schneider

Hi everyone,

I’m the Jaguar Land Rover Campus Ambassador for Durham University. Currently, I am studying for the final year of my Aeronautical Engineering degree.

Over the summer I worked at JLR as part of the undergraduate scheme, where I was placed in the frontal crash team within body engineering – computer aided engineering. This area involves the simulation and analysis of crash load cases, in order to ensure our vehicles are meeting and exceeding crash legislation. The placement provided me with numerous personal development opportunities through mentorship, training and insight workshops.

As part of the placement, I completed projects owned by myself and as part of the team. These projects allowed me to develop appropriate technical skills, whilst mentorship and workshops allowed me to explore opportunities within the company and provided me with a greater understanding of the automotive and technology industry. The interpersonal and communication skills developed over the summer have strongly improved my confidence and have already been applicable to my last year of university in all aspects.

The graduate scheme would offer me the perfect opportunity to take the next steps in my engineering career and I would be very excited to return to the company next year!



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