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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.