Monday, July 09, 2018

PETRONAS Lubricants International Announces Global Search for a Trackside Fluid Engineer to Provide Support for the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport Formula 1 Team

PETRONAS, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) recently announced a global search for a Trackside Fluid Engineer. What in the name of Karl Benz is a Trackside Fluid Engineer you might ask? Well, this is the engineer that will be hired by PETRONAS Lubricants International to provide onsite technical support on the performance of PETRONAS Fluid Technology Solutions™ for four-time FIA Formula One™ World Champions, Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport on 7 July 2018.

This will be the first time ever that PETRONAS Lubricants International is giving qualified, passionate, driven and responsive individuals from all around the world a chance to be among the technical specialists who make up the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport trackside support team. It could be one of you engineers here in Malaysia!

PETRONAS Lubricants International (PLI) is the global lubricants manufacturing and marketing arm of PETRONAS. PETRONAS, as most of you readers are aware (since a good many of you are from Malaysia according to my web analytics) the national oil corporation of Malaysia. It was first established in 2008 and PLI manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality automotive and industrial lubricants products in over 80 markets globally. 

Familiar products include the PETRONAS Syntium brand and SELENIA, which is familiar especially to Fiat and Alfa Romeo enthusiasts. This brand used to be the Fiat oil product which PLI had acquired in 2007. They are currently ranked among the top 10, PLI is driving an aggressive business growth agenda to secure its position as a leading global lubricants company and as we can now see, is the current lubricant partner for the Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 team.

“We are very pleased to announce the first global search for a new PETRONAS Trackside Fluid Engineer to join us and be mentored by the incumbent engineers to ultimately lead our trackside service activities for Formula One,” said PLI Group Chief Executive Officer, Giuseppe D’Arrigo.

PLI relies on the collective knowledge of its technology team, including the crew serving the trackside needs of Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport, and Formula One is a key element in developing and proving product concepts to pave the way for future fluid technologies.

“It is a rare and exciting opportunity to be part of the team that works on the sharp end of fluid technology development for the fastest and most powerful drivetrains in the world. Some might even consider it the coolest job in the world,” he said.

PETRONAS has deployed engineers who have traveled with the team since the start of the partnership with Mercedes F1 in 2010. The engineers operate in a compact lab for fluid-related service activities at Formula One tests and race events around the globe and provide real-time analysis on PETRONAS Fluid Technology Solutions™. This also includes a customised suite of products and services like the PETRONAS Primax Fuel, PETRONAS Syntium Lubricant and PETRONAS Tutela Functional Fluids for the Mercedes works team and Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) customer teams as well.

“PETRONAS has been integral to the team’s success and our partnership played a fundamental role in the four consecutive world championship titles we have won together so far,” added Toto Wolff, Team Principal and CEO, Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport.

“Their technical expertise when it comes to modern Formula One power units has been of great value to the team, and we have enjoyed a competitive edge from their fuels and lubricants. Having experts in fluid engineering as part of the team in a dedicated trackside fuel lab has given us an advantage, as it means that we can run many of the tests required at the track. We know that our employees are the key to our success and are very excited about PLI’s initiative to scout and nurture new talent to support us trackside.”

The search for the next Trackside Fluid Engineer is open until 7 October 2018. If you are interested, you need the following qualification:

· Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Chemical or Automotive Engineering (or equivalent), Chemistry, Physics or documented related experience.
· At least 2 years’ working experience in a related field.
· General knowledge of analytical chemical techniques and instruments.
· General understanding of lubricants (engine and gearbox) and fuel technologies.
· Demonstrated ability and drive to quickly learn new skills on the job
· Strong communication skills and positive attitude to respond to the team’s requirements and priorities;
· Motivation and passion to promote PETRONAS and the F1 team to guests and partners;
· Proficiency in English.

 So it seems PETRONAS' investment in technical expertise through PLI and purchasing brands like SELENIA have made the Malaysian oil and gas giant into something more global. We do not see it but it is! ...and now another lucky person can join this international team of engineers and travel with the F1 circus. 

Those who are interested can visit PETRONAS Lubricants International LinkedIn page or email to submit their applications.

(From left) PETRONAS Lubricants International Group CEO, Giuseppe D’Arrigo; PETRONAS Trackside Fluid Engineers, Ahmad Nasri Mohd Shafie and Salvatore Schembri; Team Principal & CEO of Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS Motorsport, Toto Wolff.

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