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We are very pleased to be working with the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and SAHARA Force India Formula One Team to host the ever successful MIA School of Race Engineering in 2016.

The MIA set up the UK’s first and only specialised School of Race Engineering in 2010 to meet requests from motorsport and race team employers who have difficulty finding, and funding, top quality race engineering training. This unique School is open to high-level motorsport students and engineers and trains them in the specialist skills required to be a Race Engineer “on the pit wall” in a real working environment.

The School has established an excellent industry-wide reputation by delivering relevant, up-to-date course content which equips engineers to succeed as race engineers. Such real-time, current, experienced teaching from active, successful professional race engineers is difficult to organise, yet invaluable to the students and future employers.

The courses take place in a classroom environment alongside simulation sessions. Students receive instruction from race engineer tutors who have current on-track experience in major race series – IndyCar, WEC, USC, BGT, BTCC, GP2 and GP3. The School welcomes engineering students, graduates and professionals, all of whom need previous technical knowledge; all non-UK students must be fluent in English.

The MIA fully understands the fast changing demands of race engineering and updates the course content to keep it fresh and relevant. It seeks and secures new tutors skilled in the latest speciality subjects, continuously improving the learning experience. By partnering with the team here at BPS, the school will be incorporating the very latest simulation techniques, allowing students to gain a better understanding of this vital new component of race engineering – an essential tool which teams use to deliver solutions and results.

Various reports have revealed a skills gap effecting all engineering sectors, the school is aiming to give delegates the best opportunity to ‘hit the ground running’. With 830,000 new science, engineering and technology (SET) professionals and 450,000 SET technicians needed between now and 2020, there has never been a more vital time for high quality engineers.

The Format of the MIA School of Race Engineering

The School takes place over two weekends, during which a maximum of 20 students receive two full days of in-depth tutorial, each weekend. We are hosting part 2 of the course on 3rd & 4th December and SAHARA Force India Formula One Team are hosting part 1 of the course on 26th & 27th November. Many specialised, race engineering subjects are covered in detail – including set-up procedures, vehicle dynamics, data analysis, race simulation, driver communication and race strategy amongst others. On each Saturday evening, a well-known ‘race engineering’ special guest joins students and tutors to share their experience. Detailed course attendance certificates are awarded upon successful completion for use as a valuable reference when seeking employment.

Success of the MIA School of Race Engineering

Many past students have secured jobs in leading race teams, including Red Bull Racing Technology, Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team and Porsche GT, as a direct result of attending the School.

2016 Tutors

The MIA is very proud to have partnered with new tutors for 2016, Andy Brown and Rex Keen. Andy Brown, whose career spans more than 30 years, with direct involvement within a leading Formula One team and four Indianapolis 500 victories and Rex Keen, who has 20 years’ motorsport experience within V8 Supercars, Formula Ford, Formula 3, Sports Cars, Porsche Carrera Cup, BMW Mini Challenge and 24 Hour Endurance races. Both will also be supported by leading engineers from global championships.

The MIA has recently opened registrations, if you think this course would be of value to your career, please do come and join us.

Details on how to register can be found on the MIA School of Race Engineering web page, alternatively, you can contact carly.latcham@the-mia.com at the MIA who would be more than happy to answer any queries.

Figures taken from: https://www.theengineer.co.uk/issues/october-2012-online/report-reveals-scale-of-uks-engineering-skills-shortage/