Team 11

We're looking for enthusiastic and driven students who would like to be a full-time or a part-time member of Nova Electric Racing, during the academic year 2019/2020 (August 2019 till August 2020). For us motivation and attitude are more important than experience, because we think our project should be an opportunity for students to develop themselves and to try new things. That's why we're looking for team players who don't shy away from challenges and want to fight for the end goal by putting in as much time and energy as they can.

Full-Time

Full-time members are students who are able to spend at least 40 hours a week on the project, from the start of the academic year until the end of the racing season.

Management

As the Team Manager you have the final responsibility for the project. You make sure that the team reaches the goals that are set at the beginning of the year and keep the overview of all the technical and non-technical aspects of the project. Your tasks are guiding the team into the right direction, foreseeing problems and finding a solution in time, putting the right people on the right positions, making sure people function as they should, providing the team with the information and stuff that they need, representing your team well towards the outside world and last but not least keeping the team happy and together.

 

Why become one?

Team Manager Team 10: “What I really like about my role, is that for me the project is one big puzzle. I had to think, where do we want to be at what moment and how are we going to get there. You have the puzzle pieces: members that would like to do something for the project in a certain direction, an advisory board, connections, resources, expertise, information, organisational tools, communication platforms, meetings, etc. and you have to make sure all these pieces fit together and that everyone knows which piece they are responsible for. Of course, you don’t have to do this all by yourself, because there are more people in our management, but in the end, these people also need to be guided. The cool thing about this is that if you do things right, you get to see the team run smoothly, deliver the right end results and reach the end goal. Certainly, this goes with ups and downs and some things are out of your control, but that’s how you learn. What also makes it fun is that this role is the most flexible role there is. This is in terms of the management style that you would like to apply, but also in terms of the tasks that you do. You can delegate what you want and choose what non-technical stuff you want to do yourself. This way, I got to do a lot of different things and learn and experience a lot of new stuff. I found myself in really cool and interesting situations that I truly never expected to be in.”

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Able to see the bigger picture
–  Good at problem solving
–  Good communication skills
–  Good organisational skills
–  Good at writing
–  Good at public speaking or eager to learn
–  Responsible
–  Professional
–  Stress resistant
–  Patient
–  Flexible
–  Attentive
–  Strategic
–  Assertive
–  Open-minded
–  Visionary
–  Motivating
–  Caring

As the Chief Engineer, you are responsible for the engineering aspect of the motorcycle. You do not focus on specific parts, but on the overall quality of the bike. This means that you make sure that every requirement is met and that the engineering team delivers the best electric motorcycle possible by the end of the year. The engineering team is divided into different departments that need to function well and communicate with each other, in order to combine all the different parts into a fully functioning motorcycle. The Chief Engineer manages these departments, leads the communication and discussion between them and is the connection point between the engineers and the rest of the team when it comes to engineering.

 

Why become one?

Chief Engineer Team 10: “What I mostly like about this position in the team is that it allows me to see the bigger picture of the engineering part of the bike. It makes me able to apply my own knowledge, but also acquire new knowledge, on all the different engineering areas of the motorcycle.”

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Good general understanding of engineering
–  Good general understanding of motorcycles
– Basic knowledge about materials
–  Experience with SolidWorks or Catia
–  Proper communication skills
–  Be able to lead (engineering) discussions.
–  Be able to see the bigger picture
–  Responsible
–  Analytical
–  Open-minded
–  Critical-  Decisive
–  Assertive
–  Attentive
–  Inspiring

A lot of work has to be performed for a motorcycle to be designed, built and raced. As a Technical Manager you facilitate this work (Is it possible to get the materials in time? Are the design finished at that point? Do we have the skills required to produce a part in the team? If not can we arrange a course?) and are responsible for ensuring it is done at the correct time. You do this by creating a planning, communicating this planning to the team and helping the team resolve issues that prevent progress towards the team’s goal.

 

Why become one?

Technical Manager Team 10: “What I enjoy a lot in my role as Technical Manager is that it allows you to be involved a bit with all of the different departments of the team. To plan all the work and to check that it is being performed according to the planning you have to communicate with all of the departments and through this you learn about a lot of different topics. Furthermore I’ve also enjoyed solving different problems than I usually face in my study (computer science). Getting a large group of students to work towards a common goal teaches you a very different set of skills.”

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Good at planning
–  Good at time management
–  Interest in a variety of topics
–  Little bit of IT knowledge can be useful for the programs used for planning
–  Dedicated
–  Communicative
–  Analytical
–  Strategic
–  Critical
–  Strict
–  Realistic
–  Decisive
–  Assertive

As the Financial Manager, you make sure that the money is distributed among the project in the best way possible. You guard the money of the team and, together with the engineering department, decide on how the money should be spent to get the best out of our project. This means you make budget plans, keep an eye on the cash flow, take care of taxes and payments, communicate with the acquisition department about what budget is needed by when, approve and disapprove certain spendings and try to figure out ways to save money.

 

Why become one?

Financial Manager Team 10: “You will get experience in accounting and finance in general, which is something different than I’m used to and will be very useful throughout the rest of my career and life. Also the opportunity to follow a diverse set of courses throughout the year will benefit your non-technical skills and will help you in doing your job and developing yourself. You will work in a diverse team in a start-up like environment which makes for experiences you will never forget. On top of that, the responsibilities that come with the role improve your decision making and discipline, both a must-have with a view to the future.”

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Technical knowledge
–  Good communication skills
–  Ability to be strict when necessary
–  Prior experience with accounting tasks is a plus
–  Dedicated
–  Strategic
–  Critical
–  Assertive
–  Decisive
–  Analytical
–  Organized
–  Punctual

Technical Department

As Chief Powertrain, you are responsible for the department that makes sure that the motorcycle moves by the end of the year. You and your department are concerned with parts like the motor, the motorcontroller, the battery pack, the cooling system and all the electronic systems that are connected to these parts. You manage your Powertrain team towards the best designs and end products possible by not only keeping the overview and dividing responsibilities among the members, but also by being part of the design and production process yourself and by communicating with management and the chiefs of the other departments. 

 

Why become one?

Chief Powertrain Team 10: “There are a lot of fun position in the team, but as the Chief Powertrain you get to have most of the main input regarding the specifications like the acceleration and top speed of the bike, which makes it really cool. A perfect design is impossible, but trying to come as close to it as possible, is thrilling. As the Chief Powertrain you will try to push the limits of what is possible with an electric superbike. It is challenging, but worth it since you will know a lot about electrical drivetrains by the end of the year. Other then that, it’s an exciting position within the team in which you get to do both engineering and management work. You can find a lot of satisfaction in this role. For example, you feel overwhelmed every time you see all the components of your drivetrain work together to achieve their purpose. I never expected it to be this satisfying to see some electrical motor rotate, but it really is.”

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Bit of a background in electronics and coding
–  Basic knowledge about statics, mechanics and dynamics
–  Experience with SolidWorks or Catia
–  Good knowledge of people to put people on the right tasks
–  Able to see the bigger picture
–  Responsible
–  Motivating
–  Analytical
–  Open-minded
–  Critical
–  Assertive
–  Communicative
–  Cooperative
–  Strategic
–  Adaptable
–  Resourceful
–  Efficient
–  Innovative

As Chief Vehicle Dynamics, you are responsible for the department that computes design parameter values or ranges in which the motorcycle dynamics would perform best. You and your department are focused on how the dynamics of the bike work and which parameters influence the dynamics in which way, to be able to find a good combination of design parameters. You support and help the other departments make the correct design decisions, which means a lot of communication. This makes the task of this department very important, especially in the starting phase of the design. To be able to do this, you do a lot of research, make models and build simulations like our lap time simulation model. As the chief you manage your vehicle dynamics team towards the best models and results possible by not only keeping the overview and dividing responsibilities among the members, but also by being part of the research, modeling and simulations yourself.

 

Why become one?

Chief Vehicle Dynamics Team 10: “This year is the first year our team has a Vehicle Dynamics department and this department will hopefully be enlarged next year. This makes it quite challenging, but also a lot of fun. I like that you have to communicate a lot with the other departments and discuss what they are looking for and how you are going to tackle these problems. On top of that, I like that you get to learn a great deal about motorcycle dynamics and dynamics in general. This means you have to look at the whole bike as well as at separate parts. Besides, it gives a good feeling if you are able to build or improve a model in such a way that you get accurate predictions and that you can make decisions based on these predictions. And last but not least, it is a very nice experience to be a chief as you have to lead a (small) team and you get to make the large design decisions with your fellow chiefs.”

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Interested in vehicle dynamics and the theory behind motorcycles
–  Experience with modelling and coding in Matlab
–  Good knowledge of people to put people on the right tasks
–  Able to see the bigger picture
–  Not afraid to speak your mind
–  Good communication skills
–  Research oriented
–  Cooperative
–  Adaptable
–  Open-minded
–  Thorough
–  Trustworthy
–  Analytical
–  Critical
–  Strategic
–  Resourceful
–  Farsighted
–  Responsible
–  Assertive
–  Motivating

As Chief Chassis, you are responsible for the department that makes sure that the motorcycle looks like a motorcycle by the end of the year. You and your department are concerned with parts like the frame, the swingarm, the suspension, the braking system, the steering system, the bodywork, the wheels and the mounts for all the parts that need to be attached to the bike. You manage your chassis team towards the best designs and end products possible by not only keeping the overview and dividing responsibilities among the members, but also by being part of the design and production process yourself and by communicating with management and the chiefs of the other departments.

 

Why become one?

Chief Chassis Team 10: “What I like most, specifically about my role as chief of the chassis department, is the empowering liberty that is allowed to me in conducting it as I see fit. I also enjoy experimenting with different organisational structures, intellectual tools, and approaches to communication.The motorcycle wouldn’t be a motorcycle without our chassis department. They are concerned with the mechanical and dynamical parts of the motorcycle, that shape the motorcycle and you are the person that’s responsible for this. What make it so cool is that you get to oversee the activities of the chassis department members, that you are responsible for communicating with the other department chiefs in order to make them aware of certain constraints that arise due to limitations in the chassis and to negotiate the trade-offs that arise due to conflicting requirements and that you orchestrate fruitful discussions within the department to ensure that deliverables are ready before deadlines.”

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Good general understanding of engineering
–  Experience with SolidWorks or Catia
–  Knowledge about statics, mechanics and dynamics
–  Good knowledge of people to put people on the right tasks
–  Not afraid to speak your mind
–  Able to see the bigger picture
–  Responsible
–  Motivating
–  Analytical
–  Open-minded
–  Critical
–  Assertive
–  Communicative
–  Cooperative
–  Strategic
–  Adaptable
–  Resourceful
–  Innovative
–  Efficient

Non-Technical Department

As Chief Acquisition, you are responsible for arranging the money, parts and expertise that the team needs. You and your team maintain the contact with our sponsors, make sure all the parties keep to the agreements and if necessary, find a way to get new sponsorships. You are the connection point between the team and the business world. As the chief of the department you should be ready to manage a team of diverse people, communicate effectively with the other departments, approach companies and strive for the best outcome for the team and its partners. 

 

Why become one?

Chief Acquisition Team 10: “As the chief of the department I had the opportunity to work with amazing people that, through effective communication and productive feedback, help me to develop my professional and personal skills and to become a better manager. What I like the most about my role is communicating with big companies, meeting sponsors and creating a network for the team. Working in the acquisition team is a great opportunity to learn how to approach businesses, learn how to sell a product and develop your business skills. As an engineer it’s important to develop a business oriented mind. On top of that, I get to help the members of the team cultivate their sales and B2B skills, which is a lot of fun.”

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Loves to work on the business part of the project
–  Willing to embrace new ideas regarding sales and the approach of sponsors
–  Good communication skills
–  Not scared of calling
–  Good at writing
–  Professional
–  Strategic
–  Convincing
–  Friendly
–  Responsible
–  Confident
–  Assertive
–  Resourceful
–  Motivating
–  Cooperative

As Chief Public Relations, you are responsible for making the sure the message of the team gets out there. You and your team take care of our communication strategies, social media outlets, newsletters, offline promotion, presentations and the organisation of our own events. You are the connection point between the team and the public and make sure that as many people as possible get to hear what we have to say. Because of you and your team’s work we can make people aware of the advantages of electric motorcycles, promote our sponsors, attract new sponsors, keep fans, friends and family up-to-date with what we’re doing and get students excited to join the team. 

 

Why become one?

Chief Public Relations Team 10: “My role is challenging, but really cool. If the PR of the team is on point, the team can gain a lot of publicity, which helps them fight for their mission and can make it a lot easier to attract sponsors and new members, which is always a challenge. This means you have to find the right strategy, set the right goals and make a good plan. You have to think about your audience and the way you want to reach this audience, write texts and posts with the right and a consistent message, make sure the team has nice imagery to show, properly organize events, arrange press releases and interviews, be present at the right events, get the right connections to spread the message and be creative and different from the rest, to stand out. People tend to underestimate this part of the project, but in the end it’s a key element of the existence of our team and that why I really enjoy that I got to be responsible for that.”

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Good communication skills
–  Good organisational skills
–  Knowledge of communication
–  Experience with social media
–  Good at writing
–  Good at English
–  Professional
–  Farsighted
–  Strategic
–  Creative
–  Open-Minded
–  Assertive
–  Organized
–  Punctual
–  Passionate
–  Convincing
–  Consistent
–  Motivating

Part-Time

Part-time members are students who are able to spend at least 10 hours a week on the project from the start until the end of the racing season.​

Technical Department

As a Powertrain Engineer, you are part of the department that makes sure that the motorcycle moves by the end of the year. Depending on your knowledge and skills, what you like and what the chief powertrain decides, you will be concerned with parts like the motor, the motorcontroller, the battery pack, the cooling system or an electronic system that is connected to these parts. You will have a certain responsibility within the department that might change throughout the year, which will most likely include the design, the production and the testing of a certain part.

 

Qualities & Skills

–  Bit of a background in electronics
–  Coding experience (preferably C++) or eager to acquire this skill
–  Experience with SolidWorks or Catia or eager to acquire this skill
–  Experience with Altium or Eagle or eager to acquire this skill
–  Knowledge about statics, mechanics and dynamics
–  Dedicated
–  Responsible
–  Cooperative
–  Independent
–  Flexible
–  Trustworthy
–  Resourceful
–  Communicative
–  Disciplined
–  Innovative

As a Vehicle Dynamics Engineer, you are part of the department that computes design parameter values or ranges in which the motorcycle dynamics would perform best. You are focused on how the dynamics of the bike work and which parameters influence the dynamics in which way, to be able to find a good combination of design parameters. You help the other departments make the correct design decisions. To be able to do this, you do a lot of research, make models and/or build simulations like our lap time simulation model. 

 

Skills & Qualities

–  Interest in vehicle dynamics and the theory behind motorcycles
–  Experience with modelling and coding in Matlab or eager to acquire these skills
–  Research oriented
–  Dedicated
–  Responsible
–  Cooperative
–  Independent
–  Flexible
–  Trustworthy
–  Resourceful
–  Communicative
–  Disciplined

As a Chassis Engineer, you are part of the department that makes sure that the motorcycle moves by the end of the year. Depending on your knowledge and skills, what you like and what the chief chassis decides, you will be concerned with parts like the frame, the swingarm, the suspension, the braking system, the steering system, the bodywork, the wheels or the mounts for all the parts that need to be attached to the bike. You will have a certain responsibility within the department that might change throughout the year, which will most likely include the design, the production and the testing of a certain part.

 

Skills & Qualities

–  Good general understanding of engineering
–  Knowledge about statics, mechanics and dynamics
–  Experience with SolidWorks or Catia
–  Dedicated
–  Responsible
–  Cooperative
–  Independent
–  Flexible
–  Trustworthy
–  Resourceful
–  Communicative
–  Disciplined
–  Innovative

Non-Technical Department

As an Acquisition Manager, you are part of the team that is responsible for arranging the money, parts and expertise that the team needs. You help maintain the contact with our sponsors, make sure all the parties keep to the agreements and/or if necessary, help find a way to get new sponsorships. You are one of the connection points between the team and the business world. Because of your and the rest of the Acquisition team’s work, all the designs and plans of the technical department get to become a reality.

 

Skills & Qualities

–  Loves to work on the business part of the project
–  Good communication skills
–  Not scared of calling
–  Good at writing
–  Dedicated
–  Disciplined
–  Professional
–  Strategic
–  Convincing
–  Friendly
–  Confident
–  Assertive
–  Resourceful
–  Cooperative
–  Independent
–  Flexible

As a Public Relations Manager, you are part of the team that is responsible for making sure the message of the team gets out there. You could take care of our communication strategies, social media outlets, newsletters, offline promotion, presentations and/or the organisation of our own events. You are one of the connection points between the team and the public and make sure that as many people as possible get to hear what we have to say. Because of your and the rest of the PR team’s work, we can make people aware of the advantages of electric motorcycles, promote our sponsors, attract new sponsors, keep fans, friends and family up-to-date with what we’re doing and get students excited to join the team. 

 

Skills & Qualities

–  Basic knowledge of communication
–  Basic knowledge of social media
–  Good communication skills
–  Good at writing
–  Dedicated
–  Disciplined
–  Professional
–  Strategic
–  Convincing
–  Friendly
–  Confident
–  Assertive
–  Resourceful
–  Cooperative
–  Independent
–  Flexible

Team Structure

It's up to the new team to decide what type of team structure they want, depending on their main goal for the year, the amount of members and people's preferences for a role. On top of that, our team members sometimes change departments and take over tasks from other roles during the year, so the structure is never set in stone and roles can be fluid. But to show an example, this is what the team structure of team 10 looked like:

Near the end of the academic year, the team transitions from a project team into a racing team. In that period, people will start to fulfil other roles and the team structure will change as well.