Careers in Software and Controls

What is Software at HORIBA MIRA?

Our Software Engineers develop specialist products for the automotive and defence vehicle sectors. These products have complex functionality which is implemented through software solutions. For example:

  • Battery management systems for electric vehicles
  • Hybrid electrical vehicle systems
  • Autonomous control for unmanned ground vehicles

Solutions are implemented using a range of languages and tools from Model Based Auto-coding, embedded C, to hosted C++ using a variety of platforms and operating systems. The reliance on software to provide automotive system functionality is increasing rapidly making here an exciting place to be.

What is Controls Engineering at

Controls engineering involves ensuring that complex systems behave as they are expected to perform. Controls Engineers use control theory with state of the art modelling and simulation tools to model systems behaviour for a range of product development activities.

For example:
  • Navigation and guidance of unmanned ground vehicles
  • Control of energy flow within hybrid and electrical vehicles
  • Chassis control of vehicles for improved vehicle dynamics

By using mathematical models Controls Engineers can create a detailed representation of a dynamic system and manipulate it to improve efficiencies.

The Software and Controls Team at HORIBA MIRA

Our Software and Controls team provide the software platform to implement the systems functionality. Working closely with the Systems Engineers, the Software and Controls team will ensure that software solutions meet the system level requirements and are validated appropriately.

Using a range of software environments and tools the Software Engineers work as part of cross functional project teams to provide software design services and solutions across a range of sectors that include automotive, military and aerospace. Working to a range of legislative and industry standards, the Software and Controls team are critical to the development of the vehicle technologies of the future.

Employment Case Study

Paul Jeary - Software and Controls Team Leader

Paul Jeary started his career with us almost 10 years ago, and during that time has worked at the cutting edge of software technology and vehicle control systems.

Attracted by our research projects, Paul joined at a time of real change and cites the work being done around Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) as one of the real highlights of his career to date.

He said: “A lot of my role is focussed around production and research, and what I find unique about HORIBA MIRA, and unlike any other automotive company I have worked for, is the ability to be able to see a project through from start to finish.

“Often, research projects can last several years and so being able to see the fruits of the work we do either in production or in use is very rewarding. A colleague used to work for a defence company and during 20 years at the firm he worked on many projects – none of which made it to the light of day during his time there. That we are able to do this is hugely attractive.”

Involved heavily in our defence capabilities, Paul has been an integral part in delivering Project Panama; an advanced UGV, which carries on-board an integration of IED sensors and detections systems, which is deployed in theatre in Afghanistan.

“Working on Panama has been one of the highlights of my career,” said Paul.

“Working as such a core part of the team to develop the software now that is being used to save lives is something I am proud of. It is making a significant difference.”

Also working on systems modelling and battery management systems, Paul’s role is a varied one. He said: “The work we do here is incredibly rewarding, and the scope of work is ever-changing. I am constantly surprised by the next project that comes along.”

In addition to the exciting work, our investment into our people is also a key draw for Paul.

He said: “I really enjoy the ever-changing working environment at HORIBA MIRA, from the introduction of MIRA Technology Park, to the world-class facilities we are lucky enough to be able to tap into.

“As a company it is maturing, and its investment into future skills is a really positive aspect of working here. It’s hard to find a company that is between academia and engineering – and HORIBA MIRA is certainly that.”

Having started his career in engineering as a graduate, Paul understands the challenges of taking the first steps in the world of work.

“A degree in a relevant field such as engineering, science or maths is, of course, essential to work in this environment, but what is really important is to be passionate about the subject.

“We are very fortunate to work alongside some incredibly talented engineers.”