Toyota Motor Europe

  • Internship Material Engineering - CAE methods for the development of Fibre Reinforced plastic parts

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    Business Area
    Brussel (Zaventem)
  • Company Information

    TOYOTA is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers and a leading global corporation. Founded in 1937, Toyota now sells vehicles in 170 countries and employs over 300.000 people. As a company, Toyota Motor Europe focuses on sustainability and future generations and strongly promotes diversity, inclusion and gender equality. We are highly interested in receiving the applications from professionals of all backgrounds and genders looking to build their career in either scientific, engineering or corporate positions.
    Based in Brussels, Belgium, and staffed by 2.700 people and more than 60 nationalities, Toyota Motor Europe (TME) handles the wholesale marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts & accessories, and manages Toyota’s European R&D, manufacturing and engineering operations.
    For Toyota, Quality is a way of life. Nothing is so good that it cannot be made better, that is why we strive for continuous improvement in everything we do. This basic principle for us is called: “KAIZEN” and is what guides us in our pursuit of best Quality and the delivery of unparalleled customer’s satisfaction.

    Your Profile

     Masters Degree Student (Mechanical engineering, Polymer engineering or similar)
     General knowledge about plastics and plastics processing
     CAD/FEA experience
     Open personality able to work in an independent way, hands-on mentality,
     Fluent in English


    You have a Toyota DNA, this means you:

    • wish to develop and are ready to persevere in order to reach challenging targets
    • seek facts before making recommendations or decisions
    • have strong planning and organizing skills
    • enjoy working in a team, respecting others
    • have excellent communication skills
    • customer mindset

    Your team and your responsibilities

    Your team:
    Research and Development (R&D) in Europe is responsible for the planning, the development and the production of  attractive, superior quality cars matching European market requirements. R&D aims to strengthen the Toyota image in Europe.

    The Lightweight section of the Material Engineering Division is responsible for the localization, development and evaluation of metal and plastic materials used in the car, i.e. high strength steel, aluminum and fiber reinforced plastics for the purpose of reducing the weight of the car, thus contribute to CO2 reduction of vehicles.

    Our function is to qualify European materials and to assure their performance: processability, strength and durability over the lifetime of the vehicle taking into account all the environmental aspects the parts will be exposed to (i.e. heat, chemical attack, humidity, etc.). 


    Your Responsibilities:
    The challenge is to apply and develop CAE methods for the development of Fibre Reinforced plastic parts.


    1- recycled carbon fiber material development
    Analytical analysis of recycled carbon fiber surfaces regarding their chemical composition
    Manufacturing of thermoplastic CF compounds and mechanical characterization
    Identification of countermeasure to improve matrix-fiber interface strength


    2- CAE method development
    Prediction of material properties using multiscale modelling
    Conduct process simulations such as thermoforming and injection molding

    Techniques learned: analytical methods, process and structural FEA, composites materials (design, processing, evaluations), material requirement for automotive applications


    Place of internship: Toyota Motor Europe – R&D Centre Zaventem - Belgium
    Starting date: from February 2020
    Duration: 6 months preferred
    Confidentiality: Due to business requirement, not all performed projects can be reflected in the internship report. This issue needs to be discussed with candidate/school in advance.

    It is mandatory that applicants are students for the entire period of the internship.


    We can only accept students with an EEA or Swiss citizenship (not requiring a work permit or visa to be eligible to perform an internship in Belgium)


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