We move the world — together. As an international leading development partner and supplier to the automotive industry, we at MAHLE are passionate about developing innovative solutions for climate-neutral mobility of tomorrow. Our focus is on e-mobility and thermal management as well as further technology fields to reduce CO2 emissions, such as fuel cells or highly efficient combustion engines that also run on hydrogen or synthetic fuels.

In 2022, the technology group with its more than 72,000 employees, generated sales of around EUR 12 billion and with its 152 locations, including 12 major research and development centers, is represented in more than 30 countries. Come join our team at MAHLE! #StrongerTogether

Share professional know-how, develop ideas and take on responsibility at MAHLE Powertrain Ltd. in Northampton as:

Propulsion Graduate Engineer (September 2024)


We have found an answer to the question of what will be the drive for the vehicles of tomorrow: Your skills and passion. You will not simply advance electro-mobility, but you will shape it together with us.

Striving to master new challenges and persistently searching for even better solutions are the foundation of our everyday work. A love for cars and automotive technology underscores everything we do. These are the factors that drive us to find even better solutions that move our customers forward consistently and foster excitement.


MAHLE Powertrain is a global engineering consultancy that specialises in the design, development and integration both of advanced internal combustion engines and of electrified powertrain systems. Our dual technological strategy is the further optimisation of internal combustion engines and, at the same time, leading the development of electro-mobility.


Engineering excellence is at the heart of everything we do. We celebrate innovative thinking, encourage learning and knowledge development and it is important for us to grow our talent internally.

We are seeking exceptional Graduate Engineers in electrical / electronic, mechatronics, control, mechanical and automotive engineering disciplines to join our agile Graduate Development Programme - which is key to our internal talent development strategy - and contribute to the further growth of our technical capabilities. Our Programme’s mission is to empower you to grow and take ownership for your continuous professional development. We enable you to become agile, resilient and highly skilled Engineer who is capable of delivering existing and future projects.

Frequently Asked Questions

What professional development we will provide for you?

  • A 1 Year Tailored Graduate Development Programme, commencing in September 2024
  • Opportunity to join a host department at the end of the development programme in one of the following areas:
    • Design and Analysis – Learn how to design anything from a cooling system to a complex e-Machine from experienced engineers using state of the art hardware and 3D CAD packages. Laying out initial concepts through to detailed designs for production. Then use state of the art software to complete virtual evaluations of powertrain, system or component performance. You will support the design team to optimise designs to meet thermodynamic or structural performance, providing insight before the designs leave the virtual world and become reality.
    • Development and validation – Derive specifications for complete powertrains or individual systems and components. Complete complex test programmes on in-house designed and customer products, evaluating system performance and suggesting improvements to meet product attribute targets.
    • Calibration and Controls – Learn how to develop and test world class vehicle calibrations to, not only meet regulatory requirements but also enhance the character and driving experience of ICE, Hybrid and BEV vehicles. You will also be able to immerse yourself in the world of programming, working with our agile teams to create new powertrain controls software based on our in-house flexible platform.
    • Build and test – Gain experience and look behind the scenes of our multi-million pound test facility in Northampton that enables our engineers to test vehicles and powertrains at extremes of performance, temperature and altitude.
    • Research and Advanced Engineering – Do you want to work on cutting edge technology in an environment that fosters creativity and ingenuity? As part of the research and advanced engineering team you will work with like-minded engineers to support the delivery of internal and external customer projects helping develop the next generation of propulsion systems.
  • Opportunity to complete a 2 month rotation through each of the 5 main departments to aid your progression into a specific electric propulsion engineering pathway at the end of your programme
  • A 1 week onboarding period to learn about our systems, processes and customers
  • Live customer project experience
  • Collaborative group projects, extensive interpersonal and business skills development, diverse learning experiences underpinned by applied neuroscience for learning
  • Opportunity to become a STEM Ambassador and get involved in extracurricular activities, such as Formula Student Team Sponsorship
  • Mentoring and coaching from our experienced engineers and leaders, individual development planning
  • Ongoing progression reviews to support your development
  • Opportunity to build your international network within the MAHLE Group
  • Continuous professional training adhering to appropriate professional body to support the achievement of relevant Chartered status
  • Work in a collaborative, customer facing environment where there is the possibility for global travel for, not only discussing projects but also real-world testing

What makes you stand out?

  • By Sept 2024 you will have obtained a min. 2:1 Engineering Degree (Electrical, Electronic, Systems, Control, Robotics, Software, Mechatronics, Mechanical, Automotive or equivalent)
  • You gathered Undergraduate Placement experience during your studies
  • You are interested in coding / programming
  • You participated in extracurricular activities, such as Formula Student or equivalent
  • You are passionate about the automotive industry and want to make an impact on the future of mobility
  • You are dependable, collaborative and enjoy working in a cross-functional team environment
  • You are adaptable and aspire to work in a dynamic project environment with the exposure to different customers and technologies
  • You are willing to grow and take ownership for your personal and professional development
  • You are curious and driven by a desire to understand problems, identify the cause and apply the best possible solution given

What would your future job offer to you?

  • A team looking to push technology forward in all areas
  • An environment that enables our engineers to experience different cultures first-hand and to develop a truly global network within MAHLE and the wider automotive community
  • Competitive salary with regular progression reviews whilst on the Graduate Development Programme
  • 25 Days holiday and statutory entitlement
  • Flexitime
  • Pension scheme
  • Private Health cover after 12 months
  • More@MAHLE employee benefit scheme would offer you discounts on shopping, food & drink, entertainment, health & fitness, tech and motoring


  • Closing Date of applications: November 30th 2023
  • Technical Interviews will be commence from early October 2023
  • Final Assessment Centres will be held during December 2023


Do you have any questions?

Phil Burton

Phil Burton

MAHLE (All UK sites)
Head of Recruitment
Phone: 01604 738026
e-Mail: phil.burton@mahle.com