Electrical Engineer

Within Solar Team Twente the Electrical Engineers make sure that the car can drive in an efficient and reliable way. To do this, you will build upon the electrical systems of previous teams, searching for new opportunities for improvement and implementing them. You will design new parts and improve the existing ones, all while making sure they work well with the already existing systems. You won’t have to do this alone; there will be constant help from former team members and technical partners.


To create the best car, we must be on the cutting edge of technology, which is why we design our own systems. However, as the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge is over 3000 km, the systems must be very reliable. You will have to find the balance between innovating and making sure that everything keeps working during the race. 

The electrical system of the solar car can be split up into four subsystems: drivetrain, energy storage, solar panel and telemetry.  While they are all extremely important, the car won’t work if these subsystems can’t communicate with each other. You will learn about the communication between these systems, but you will also learn to communicate with the other people designing these systems. This means you will work together with alumni, partners and other experts.

 Solar Team Twente has always been one of the best teams in terms of electrical systems, because all the electrical systems in the solar car are designed by our own engineers. Are you up for the challenge to further innovate the electrical systems? Are you ready to test your electrical knowledge in a fantastic project? Can you work precisely but also fast? Can you work with a team but also independently? Then you are the person we are looking for! Depending on your specialization within the Electrical Team you will learn working with software such as Altium or Matlab, communication protocols such as CAN, designing an efficient but also aerodynamic solar panel, testing your own electrical parts and much more. After a lot of work, you will get the most amazing reward: seeing the car you build yourself crossing the finish line in Adelaide, leaving all competition far behind!

Are you curious, do you have any questions, or do you just want to know more about this position? Send your question(s) toy.vanderbijl@solarteam.nl and we will get back to you as soon as possible!