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MIA Winter School for Race Car Engineers

27 November 2010

Location: Mercedes GP Petronas

MIA Winter School for Race Car Engineers

27/28 November 2010
Mercedes GP Petronas

Only 25 places available - BOOK TODAY!

“…what we need is a young graduate Engineer, but with the practical experience and understanding of the Industry and the Sport which allows him/her “to hit the ground running” and thereby make an immediate and valuable contribution to our business…..people like that are tough to find!” Motorsport Industry Employer
Motorsport is one of the most challenging and demanding industries to break into, requiring a unique blend of knowledge gained from established formal education programmes and the practical skills and understanding which can only be acquired by doing the job……..and for most, therein lies a challenge!

The Motorsport Industry Association hopes to address this issue by launching a series of training schools which will go someway to improve the understanding, knowledge and practical skill levels of those intent on a career in our Industry……beginning with Race Engineering. The courses are open to Engineering graduates, Technicians who can demonstrate qualifying experience and also those already progressing a race engineer’s career who simply want to learn more! Students from overseas are welcome provided they are fluent in English….the language of Motorsport.

The programme will be led by experienced Race Engineers, currently doing the job…..who better to learn from than those employed in the very role you aspire to?

The MIA will make one of the most demanding and specialist careers “come alive” by answering the questions not found in any textbook and point students towards a real future as a Race Engineer.

The first 2 day Winter School (Course A – see below) will be held at the headquarters of the Mercedes GP Petronas team at Brackley on 27/28 November 2010. For those who successfully complete Course A, there will follow an opportunity to enrol on a further 2 day School, an advanced programme (Course B – see below) to be held before the start of the 2011 season. Only 25 places are available on each of the programmes.

The curriculum for each programme has been designed and will be presented by Industry professionals, Race Engineers, Jay Davenport (Chief Engineer MW Arden – GP3) and Dan Walmsley (Chief Engineer Strakka Racing – Le Mans Series). Each School will feature a guest speaker, a leading and well known professional Race Engineer who will join students for dinner, reveal trade secrets and give guidance on breaking into this exciting sector. The first speaker will be Pat Symonds, former Executive Director of Engineering for Renault F1.

Graduates successfully completing both Schools will be awarded an MIA Certificate of Accreditation – Race Car Engineering.

Course A – 2 Day 27/28 November 2010
Mercedes GP Petronas
Real World Vehicle Dynamics (Double Module)
Find out about the realities of vehicle dynamics in the pitlane. Learn about tyre temperature and pressure management, how to prevent tyre graining, maximising carbon brake performance, spring and damper selection and tuning, using suspension geometry to your advantage and more... 

Set Up Procedures
Learn how to apply your vehicle dynamics knowledge to the car to guarantee a fast car every time. How do you select gear ratios? What equipment should you be using? How do you dial out cross-weight and optimise ride heights? What is the most efficient set up routine? All will be revealed.  

Data Analysis & Telemetry (Double Module)
Increase your knowledge of data logging systems, telemetry, do's and don'ts of data logging, maths channels, interpreting data and working with data to improve both the driver and the car.

Course B – 2 Day February/March 2011
Venue TBA

Please note: Students must complete Course A before enrolling on Course B

Race Team Operations
Understand the way professional teams operate. Learn the roles within a team, the procedures teams adhere to and the attitude that you need to secure the championship win. 

Race Engineering & Strategy
Learn the fundamentals of Race Car Engineering; setup secrets, planning your race weekend, race winning strategy decisions, racing in the wet, radio protocol and more...

Find out how important simulation has become in Race Engineering and how simulation can drive the design of an aerodynamic package with case studies in performance optimisation, validation of track vs. simulated data and more...

Food and Accommodation
Both Programme A and B include dinner at the end of the first day. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided. 
Local accommodation – Premier Inn, Brackley Hatch, Nr. Brackley, Northamptonshire NN13 5TX, please click here for more information.

You will be required to supply education and qualification details together with any experience you have acquired - please complete the downloadable form below.

  • 1 x Course A - £600
  • 1 x Course B - £600

If you would like more information or to discuss the courses in detail, please contact 
Sarah Pagan at sarah.pagan@the-mia.com o
r on +44 2476 692600

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