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Applications for the 2023-2024 Season are Open Until Sept 17th! 

Join The Team 

Formula UBC is a student design team that accepts students from all Undergraduate and Masters programs at UBC. This includes students from 1st to 4th year and beyond. Each year our team recruits new member from the end of August through the middle of September. Our online application opens the weekend before UBC Imagine day and remains open for about two weeks. As applications are submitted our executive team reviews them and invites selected individuals for an interview.


To learn more about the team before applying, applicants can meet our members through our booth at Imagine day or through our info nights.

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What We Do

  • Collaborate as a team to design and build a formula-style open-wheeled race car.

  • Compete in the annual Formula SAE Michigan competition against 120 universities from around the world

  • Facilitate the growth of our members into well-rounded engineers and leaders.


Why Join

  • Hands-on and design experience

  • Teamwork and leadership experience

  • Co-op recruiters look for Formula SAE experience

  • Make new friends and industry connections


“My experience on the Formula UBC team has given me the opportunity to challenge the entire design process, from fabrication and prototyping, all the way back to market research. It’s been this experience alone that has landed me a dream job before even finishing my degree.”

– Connor Burgess, 2014 Team Lead, Drivetrain Lead


What We Look For

Though knowledge of motor racing, engines, and car subsystems is an asset, it’s far from a requirement. The team tries to accept as many students as possible, but it is necessary to limit the size of the team. We are especially interested in driven, hard working people that pour their passion into their work. Quick learners, and people that are able to do their own research and come to their own conclusions thrive on our team. We expect our members to commit to the team and ensure projects are completed; the time commitment required to join the team is at least equivalent to taking another course. We also look for students that are able to work effectively, meet reasonable deadlines, and do not shy away from the necessary grunt work.


Although no particular experience is required to join the team, the following skills and experiences can help you stand out from other applicants and would be beneficial:

  • Ability to use SolidWorks & SolidWorks Electrical

  • Machine shop experience, namely turning and milling

  • The ability to use the waterjet cutter

  • TIG welding

  • Experience in automotive servicing

  • Knowledge of various aerospace materials

  • Composite materials experience

  • Involvement in previous projects

  • Electronics & prototyping

  • Programming (C, C++, Python)


  • Adobe PhotoShop/InDesign/Illustrator/LightRoom

  • Experience with sponsor/industry relations

  • Experience creating media for marketing purposes

  • Experience in event planning

  • Great work ethic and a strong team mentality. This one is by far the most important!!

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