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Product Development

A Career in Product Development at Ford Motor Company
This is your opportunity to be part of the Product Development team for one of the country’s leading engineering companies. This is your chance to go further with Ford.

Global impact
Working with engineers from all over the world, you will help implement European-designed vehicles and powertrains in European, North American and Asian markets. The work is challenging, interesting and varied, and provides opportunities to build relationships on an international level.

Our graduate program
You will progress through a series of placements, designed to help you build on the knowledge and skills you gained in your engineering degree. From day one, you will be doing a real role with real responsibilities. Over the course of the program, you will have the opportunity to develop in many areas, including some of the following:

Engineering materials and design, powertrain performance, economy, control system design and emissions compliance

Electrified Powertrain Engineering, hardware and software integration

Understanding customer requirements

Project management
Quality management

Testing, measurement, evaluation and verification

Manufacturing technology and processes

Team-building, people-management and presentation skills

Body Engineering Chassis Engineering

Vehicle Electrical Engineering

Vehicle Engineering
Digital Innovation, CAD, CAE and simulation Programme Management

Where you will be based

It’s a global team, so you may be required to travel to any Ford location worldwide. However, our global centres of excellence for both commercial vehicles and powertrains are based in Dunton and Dagenham in South Essex. Our Dunton centre is at the forefront of developing Commercial Vehicles, including the five times International Van of the Year Award winner Transit, alongside gasoline and diesel products that improve fuel economy while reducing CO2, such as the current Sub- 1 Litre International Engine of the Year, Ford’s class-leading 1.0L EcoBoost.

Who we’re looking for
To be part of our future, you will:
• Typically have graduated within the last 2 years and so may have up to 2 years of business experience, that’s in addition to work experience as a business placement or sandwich year in industry.
• Need the ability to communicate clearly in writing, over the phone and face to face 
• Demonstrate strong team working and leadership skills.

Hear more from our graduates

  • Name: Farhan Habib

    Start date at Ford: 2nd January 2014

    Level of entry: Graduate

    Department: NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness)

    Current role: TVM NVH Engineer 

    I have recently joined Ford as a graduate engineer and as a part of my first placement I work as a TVM Noise Vibration Harshness Engineer. My role is to arrange tests and evaluate the changes proposed on the vehicle’s exhaust and engine mount by other departments in regards to NVH perspective.

    My typical day consists of: arranging vehicles and parts for testing by liaising with the NVH lab and Design and Release engineers, evaluating and comparing the test results, liaising with Vehicle NVH to get feedback on proposed ideas, tracking the savings due approved ideas, subjective drive of the vehicle, pursuing outstanding issues and planning for upcoming tests. Having worked for the NVH department I have learnt that after every initial design, there is always an alternative design which can help to save money, improve quality and help the environment. 

    The most exciting aspect of my role is carrying out the subjective testing of the vehicles which is done on a special surface test track at Dunton. Also, there are opportunities to liaise with engineering teams worldwide, for example feedback on the evaluated test data is received from the Vehicle NVH in Merkenich, Germany. 

    From day one at Ford, graduates are responsible and work on real projects which provide opportunities to develop essential skills and contribute to the success of the company. At the same time graduates are supported and guided throughout by their graduate buddy, mentor, supervisor and colleagues to develop and succeed with ease. 

    Ford is a leading automotive company with a great history and legacy. There is a comprehensive training programme and support network which offers great opportunities to develop and progress your career. Ford’s core belief is that their employees are their most valuable asset which means they treat them with dignity and respect and offer a great work-life balance.

  • Name: Nicole Barrett

    Start date at Ford: 20/01/14

    Level of entry: Graduate

    Department: Powertrain Controls Hardware

    Current role: Hardware Controls Architect

    I recently joined Ford as a graduate Powertrain Engineer and am working in Hardware Controls for my first placement. My role focuses around the design of Engine Control Modules and sensor and actuator sets for small gasoline engines that are used globally. In order to perform my analysis and design work I have to collate requirements from various teams worldwide. 

    Being a global company makes Ford an exciting place to work. The roles and projects I undertake are important for my team and they gave me responsibility from day one. These roles are dynamic and dependant on the present needs of the team, and they constantly challenge me to become a better engineer. For example, I am currently working on a design change to resolve an in-vehicle assembly issue. To complete this change I have to coordinate the agreements of 16 vehicle assembly plants worldwide and a supplier, ensuring all stakeholders understand the technical implications of what is proposed to be implemented. 

    There is plenty of on the job training with more experienced engineers who are always happy to pass on their knowledge. Alongside this there are numerous training courses available online and from trainers. Each graduate also has a buddy who is already in the graduate scheme and a mentor who is a senior figure within Ford. As a result of all this I feel that Ford is an excellent place to forge my career in automotive engineering. 

    The graduate development scheme is a good, structured and well-rounded scheme. It works on a rotation basis and allows me to gain a wider exposure to the different strands of engineering within Ford. There is a wide range of positions available for my two future rotations and my selections for my roles are based on trying to expand my knowledge and experience of product development as much as possible. 

    I chose to work for Ford Motor Company as it allows me to work on products that interest me whilst being surrounded by a supportive network of individuals keen to see my career progress.

  • Name: Lidija Mirosnikova

    Start date at Ford: February 2011

    Department: Electrical & Electronic Systems Engineering (EESE)

    Current role: Battery & Battery Monitoring Systems Engineer

    Since graduating from Warwick University with an MEng in Electronic Engineering and joining Ford I have held two graduate engineering positions within EESE. 

    My first position was as Power Supply Engineer for the Asia Pacific region. In this role I was responsible for the application of power supply components and systems onto vehicles developed in Europe, for sale in Asia. This role required liaison between the core Power Supply team, program teams and engineers within the Asia region, especially in Australia, China and Thailand. I was responsible for program sign-off, including understanding and meeting the needs of our customers across this diverse and expanding region. 

    In my second role I transitioned to a component job, being responsible for 12V batteries and Battery Monitoring Sensors (BMS) for all European led applications. The battery role is challenging as technically it is a mixture of electrical engineering and chemistry, with new battery types being developed to meet higher durability requirements driven by tougher fuel economy targets. The BMS is relatively new in automotive and is now used extensively within the vehicle system to control electrical loads, manage the battery during vehicle manufacture and delivery and to improve fuel economy by optimising the charging of the battery at times when least fuel will be used, the BMS also supports the engine Start-Stop function. Application of the BMS and new enhanced flooded battery technologies have transformed the Power Supply system into an integral part of the modern vehicle system, enabling greater fuel economy and higher levels of customer features.

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