Applications for the T36 UW Formula Motorsports Team are now open for spring quarter (closes May 17th)!

Open Positions

Electric Powertrain (eTrain)

eTrain is a mechanical team that focuses on the packaging of major electrical components on the car. While Electronics focuses on the design of complex circuits for our car’s custom PCBs, eTrain manufactures high and low voltage batteries, as well as enclosures for the inverters and other portions of the electrical system. Members receive a project and are provided with top level goals and requirements, after which they will design, manufacture, and integrate into the rest of the car.

Some characteristics we look for on eTrain:
  • Familiarity with SOLIDWORKS or other CAD software
  • Knowledge of basic mechanical engineering concepts (relevant courses would be PHYS 121, AA 210, CEE 220)
  • Creative and able to come up with multiple solutions to problems, as well as iterate upon previous designs
  • Motivated individual, able to take initiative to learn new concepts and skills

Driverless (Controls)

The Driverless subteam at UW Formula Motorsports is excited to announce that we are seeking multiple new members to develop a controls system for our car. This position offers you a high-impact role on a critical project, where you can bring an autonomous racecar to life. Given a car trajectory provided through a path planning algorithm, there arises a need for a feedback system to ensure that the car follows this desired path. Successful teams such as ETH Zurich have implemented extensions of the nonlinear Model Predictive Control (MPC) formulation which maximizes the progress along a given reference path while respecting the vehicle model and track constraints for the second-lap and onwards. While our goal is to match or exceed their performance before we compete in the following summer, we have a tight timeline to perform test drives before then. This necessitates rapid implementation of simpler algorithms, such as PID or pure-pursuit. In addition to frequent testing on simulations and adjusting to integrate with the rest of the DL software pipeline, it’s critical to be present at test-drives to learn about the operations, performance, and dynamics of the car.

  • Implement a basic control algorithm (PID, Pure Pursuit, or similar) for prototype system testing, which is robust enough for low-speed first-lap mapping at competition
  • Research and develop an MPC controller for lap-time critical racing, taking into account vehicle dynamics
  • Work in a self-lead environment, where you need to take responsibility and initiative for your own project (though the team is always willing to help as necessary)
  • Be able and willing to commit 20+ hours a week (a strict requirement for all team members)
  • A good understanding of Python, or primary language across the software stack
  • Solid understanding of at least one of the controllers mentioned above (PID, Pure Pursuit, MPC), ideally with experience in implementation
  • Strong communications skills, ability to collaborate with others, strong passion to learn, and good vibes


Electronics designs and assembles the various printed circuit boards (PCBs) and integrates the low voltage systems throughout the vehicle. Projects include sensor data acquisition, driver interface systems, power distribution, and wiring to integrate all the electronic subsystems. Working with electric powertrain and software continuously throughout the year, there is a large emphasis on producing a reliable vehicle that can consistently run as expected. This involves heavy debugging sessions, reviewing wiring, and other testing. Electronics team members are expected to attend debugging sessions and drives whenever possible. New members are also expected to do substantial onboarding over the summer if added to the team before Fall 2024.

Role: General electronics engineers

Note: Looking for multiple engineers to fill this specific role.

Required qualifications: 
  • ECE major or ENGRUD admitted into ECE.
  • Willing to commit 20+ hours per week minimum
  • Required/intended coursework: PHYS 121, MATH 124-126, EE 215, PHYS 122. 
  • Good time management and excels in communication.
  • Disciplined and detail oriented 
Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience with circuit design and analysis.
  • Experience using design PCBs in KiCAD or Altium.
  • Experience debugging PCBs.
  • Experience using lab equipment and tools: Multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, etc.
  • Prior involvement in an engineering RSO.
  • Understanding of EV architecture.

Role: Power electronics engineer for a custom traction inverter.

  • 3rd or 4th year (or master’s student) majoring in ECE, and pursuing power electronics
  • Willing to commit  30+ hours a week minimum
  • Experience circuit design and analysis
  • Experience designing, assembling, and validating PCBs
  • Experience with Altium, and LTSpice
  • REQUIRED COURSEWORK: EE 215, EE 233, and EE 331.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Understanding of 3 phase motors, EV architecture and traction inverters.
  • Understanding of HV electrical systems. 
  • Prior involvement in an engineering RSO.

Frequently asked questions

What can I do to maximize my chances of being accepted?

While we can’t guarantee admission for any applicant there are a few steps that everyone should take to give themselves the strongest odds possible. Apply early! We interview applicants on a rolling basis, by applying early there will be more open positions on the team. Attend team events throughout the recruiting cycle. These events will be widely advertised on all of our social media platforms and are a great chance to meet members on the team. This includes our annual fall autocross, dawg daze, and many more! If you have prior experience feel free to attach a portfolio of the work you’ve done in your application.

When can I expect to hear back from the team

In the fall interviews are set to begin in September and last through October. Due to the influx of applications each year we ask that applicants be patient and we will get back to you as promptly as we can, We send ALL applicants a decision letter.

I'm a freshman at UW and/or don't have much experience, should I apply?

Yes! UWashington’s mission is to produce world-class engineers through a commitment to learning and innovation. We don’t expect you to know everything but want you to be eager to learn. Just be sure to outline why you think you would be an effective member of our team in your short answer essays or even in the additional comments section!

How does the UWashington Formula Motorsports work?

Each member applying for a technical team must also join an administrative team (see more below about non-engineers applying to the team). The five administrative teams include business, public relations, resource management, sponsorship, and technology management. The nine technical teams include, aerodynamics, chassis, composites manufacturing, drivetrain, electronics, electric powertrain (eTrain), firmware, manufacturing, and suspension. Each team has a lead and you will receive tasks from them; however, it is not uncommon for individuals to work across teams and help others that are shorthanded. Above the leads are the three directors: the mechanical systems director, the electrical systems director, and the administrative director. Their jobs are to facilitate and advise the actions of the team to ensure the growth of our members and our success in competition. All together this structure comprises UWashington Formula Motorsports

I'm not an engineer but I want to get involved, should I apply?

Absolutely! One of the major changes we plan on implementing this year and for future years is to recruit more business, marketing, CS, design, and cinematography majors. Applicants that only wish to apply to one of our administrative teams do not have to apply to a technical team, but every applicant applying for a technical team must also apply for one of our administrative teams. Applicants with a relevant background in business, design, and marketing are strongly encouraged to apply.

I wasn't accepted onto the team, should I try again next year?

While we would love to have a 100% acceptance rate we simply get too many applicants for too few spots on the team each year. If you are not accepted, we encourage you to build on the feedback that you receive from our administrators and apply again in subsequent years. We will review applications holistically regardless of how many times an individual has applied.




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