Position Overview/Description: We are seeking a skilled Aerodynamics engineer to join our Ford Performance team in Concord NC. The Motorsports Engineering group is responsible for overseeing all Ford Performance racing efforts. This group has a career opportunity to join the team as a NASCAR Aerodynamics Engineer.
Individuals will be supporting the aerodynamic development of Ford NASCAR racing efforts under the Ford Performance umbrella. Individuals will work directly with race teams, using CFD to develop maximum aerodynamic performance while correlating CFD to wind tunnel data and on-track performance. Other job responsibilities include:
CFD ANALYSIS: Build analytical models and perform analytical simulations to determine aerodynamic drag and lift performance of concepts and develop actions and concepts to achieve targets and improve overall performance. Work directly with race teams to develop and evaluate new concepts.
METHODOLOGY: Develop and implement new CFD methodologies and tools. Where applicable, leverage Ford technical resources and new technology to improve racing performance. Assist in developing aerodynamic tools for track and simulator.
WIND TUNNEL TESTING: When necessary at team’s direction, assist with conducting full scale and model physical tests to determine aerodynamic drag and lift performance of race vehicles and develop actions to improve performance and correlation to CFD
EXCHANGE OF TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE: Transfer skills, knowledge, and methodologies developed in fast-paced Motorsports Engineering environment to mainstream Product Development and vice versa.
Ability to occasionally work flexible hours due to manufacturing or development deadlines, and race and wind tunnel schedules.
Occasional travel to support wind tunnel testing and race events as needed.
Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering
2+ years of experience in aerodynamic development (analytical or experimental)
1+ years of racing experience to include one of the following: professional auto race team OR amateur auto racing OR FSAE or other similar engineering design competition for undergraduate and/or graduate students
Master’s degree or higher in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering
5+ years of experience in automotive aerodynamic development
Racing or race team experience strongly preferred
Knowledge in the application of wind tunnel experimental techniques
Proficient in the use of aerodynamic analytical tools, especially ANSA OpenFOAM, STAR CCM+, Fluent, Ensight or other CFD tools
Proficient with Linux HPC environments, especially scripting/programing of automation tools for aerodynamic analysis in Python, Perl, Java, Matlab or other codes
Self-directed, confident, and resilient individual with excellent personal communication skills
Excellent work planning, issue resolution skills
The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.
Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.
Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.