Be part of the solution 

At Ricardo UK, we offer a range of exciting year-long Industrial Placements to university students. This is an excellent opportunity to apply the theory of your degree to real engineering challenges.

Whilst on your placement, you will be treated as a permanent Ricardo employee with full access to our range of benefits, doing challenging and meaningful project work.

We have Industrial Placements available in Sussex and Warwickshire. 

Applications for our 2023 Industrial Placement Scheme are now open. Please send your CV and cover letter, outlining your preferred location, timing and technical areas of interest to [email protected] 

Open Days

This is your opportunity to come and see what we are all about!

Due to the pandemic we were unable to host any open days this year.  We hope to welcome you to our UK technical centres as soon as possible.  Please check back for more information.

If you have any questions regarding our graduate programme or placements, please email [email protected] or fill out our form at the bottom of the page. 


From a single bolt to a full vehicle Ricardo Test Operations support our customers with all aspects of build and test. Ricardo has a skilled team able to build specialist prototypes and complete small batch production up to full vehicle level. We cover all aspects of development testing from single components to complex systems and work with global authorities to complete homologation and robustness testing of products following development. Our testing capabilities span across all areas of propulsion with flexible Powertrain test cells including Hydrogen, Fuel Cell, Climatic, Altitude and Multi-Axis PTR, Electrified Driveline and eMachine Rigs, Vehicle Test Chambers and trusted partners for Battery Testing.



In the Propulsion Control team we develop, implement and test control algorithms for: engines, hybrid vehicles, electric vehicles, and unusual applications. We study in-detail the fundamental behaviours of dynamic  systems to be controlled, then use our knowledge to create effective and efficient controllers for them.

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Performance Development:

In the Performance Development department we optimise all aspects of Powertrain Performance, including Power/Energy delivery,  Emissions and Energy/Fuel Consumption. Typical activities include benchmarking of vehicles and powertrains, systems analysis and screening, performance and emissions upgrades through combustion, boost, aftertreatment and fuel system research and development. Increasingly our reach extends to emerging powertrain types such as fuel cell, battery electric and hybrid, across a diverse range of applications on land, sea and air

Propulsion Controls

If you have any questions regarding our graduate programme or placements please either complete the form below or email [email protected]