Joining the Team
Griffith Racing Team is always on the hunt for passionate and dedicated students. If you’re a self-motivated student studying engineering, business, marketing, digital media or simply have a passion for motorsport, you’d be a great fit for the team. Interested students can join the team at any time, however, most recruitment happens at the beginning of Trimester 1 and 2 and trial tasks are offered to new members at this point. We’ve attempted to answer most questions that students have when joining the team below. If there’s anything you’d like to know that we haven’t listed, either email us or contact us via our Facebook page.
Looking to join the team?
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST AND WE’LL EMAIL YOU ABOUT UPCOMING NEW MEMBER EVENTS.
WHO'S ELIGIBLE TO JOIN THE TEAM?
Any student enrolled at Griffith University is eligible to join the team. The program is open to students studying any course. If you have a passion for motorsport, business or want to develop your professional skills, you’re encouraged to apply.
WHAT ROLES ARE AVAILABLE WITHIN THE TEAM?
The Formula-SAE program emulates the operations of a real-world small business producing a low quantity of open-wheel race vehicles each year. This means that there are open roles available that you would expect to find in an engineering business. Some potential roles are listed below.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the potential roles available to students who are interested in joining the team. If you feel you have a skill that would benefit the team and would like to join, simply register your interest above and we’ll be in touch.
WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF THE PROGRAM?
The Formula-SAE program exists to allow students to gain hands-on experience while they study their degree. The competition develops skills in design, management, manufacturing, communication, research, and business operations in a real-world environment. The development of professional skills
WILL I BE ABLE TO GET HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE BUILDING THE CAR?
The team primarily operates on an ‘if you design it, you build it’ mentality. The F-SAE program is about encouraging students to learn and develop their professional skills. If you take the initiative and design a component for the vehicle, you will be responsible for seeing through the development of it. If you need assistance learning how to manufacture a certain component, senior team members are always happy to help.
If you’ve joined the team after most of the designs are completed for the year, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to work on the vehicle. You simply need to approach senior members and ask if they have any jobs they’d like help with.
HOW MUCH TIME DO I NEED TO COMMIT?
By joining the team, you have relatively few commitments to maintain membership. Throughout the trimester, the team will hold a number of all-hands meetings to update students on the progress of the vehicle and brief them on upcoming events. Beyond that, you will get out of the team what you put into it.
If you simply wish to join the team to attend our social events (such as karting, F1 evenings, bowling, etc.) you only need to attend team ‘all hands’ meetings. If you wish to be more involved in the team and volunteer to head up a task, it is expected that you will complete it in a timely manner, however, the team relies on proactive students. You will not be assigned tasks unless you request them and have proven you will complete them.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED IN THE VEHICLE DESIGN?
Typically the design of the following year's vehicle will begin late in the prior year. That means that if you’ve joined in trimester one, the majority of the design work will have been completed for that year's vehicle. There are however always a number of small design jobs that are intentionally left until after the trimester one intake of recruits to give new members an opportunity to be involved and understand the design process and mentality for the F-SAE competition.
However, before any student is allowed to design a component there are a number of small tasks that they are required to perform.
Students must undertake a three-step challenge to be eligible to work on the manufacturing, design, or testing of the vehicle.
Produce a short three-page technical report on a chosen component of the vehicle within two weeks of starting the recruitment process. The report examines what GRT has historically done, are planning to do and what other F-SAE teams both nationally and internationally are doing with regards to the component. The components range from the brake system to material selection for the chassis.
Undertake a short rules test using the latest version of the F-SAE rules. Students will be asked between 3 and 5 questions and will have to answer these questions using the F-SAE rules document. This ensures students are familiar with the rules before they begin designing any component.
Complete a simple hands-on test to ascertain students' problem-solving skills and spatial awareness, and determine whether students can operate safely in a workshop. A jig is provided that simulates the suspension setup on a previous vehicle and students are asked to disassemble then reassemble it.
Depending on how much time a student wants to invest, the three-step challenge can be completed in as little as a day, however, it is entirely self paced and students may complete it as they wish.