Introducing: electrical system department


Tapio Nokkonen

Who are you?

My name is Tapio Nokkonen. I study in Tampere University of Applied Sciences for the first year. In the team I'm responsible of choosing a good starter motor to our FS018 car. I also participate in maintaining and setting up the electrical system.

Before my studies I have worked in maintenance of computers, cars and gardening machines. In addition, I've also been an entrepreneur. Instead of concentrating on just maintenance of different vehicles, I study in Tampere UAS to get also an insight of the designing and manufacturing side.

What do you study?

I study Vehicle Engineering and I specialize in Intelligent machines.

How did you end up in Formula Student -project?

This project seemed very fascinating. I thought that building and designing a drivable vehicle in one year is very challenging, but in a good way. After being in the team for six months, I can tell you that there's much more work to do than I originally anticipated. My experience in RC cars has been very useful as we use brushless motor and electronic speed control (ESC) from an RC car.

What have you gained from being part of the team?

The most useful skill I have learned is critical thinking. Time management, planning and budgeting is crucial. In the team you can learn a lot about product development and 3D-modeling. By representing the team in different events, you might even meet your future employer.  

What are your responsibilities?

The main tasks of our department are to plan, develop and execute the electrical system to the car. We handle and are responsible of IT stuff related to the car, Can-bus and Engine management. There's also possibility to do some programming, for instance in Power Distribution Management (PDM). Printed circuit boards are done by us since the it's cheaper and that way we learn more. The core idea of Formula Student -project is to learn and create innovations.

Describe the season from your point of view?

In the beginning of the season we check the plans of the new system and estimate what is possible to do in the time frame we have. During winter time we do some more planning and start manufacturing the components we need. The next thing is to fine tune Engine Control Unit (ECU) and prepare the wiring harness.

After the car is finalized and functioning, we might do some small adjustments. In addition, we analyze data collected from testing. During the summer time we start to plan what we want to change next season.

Why to choose the electrical system department?

In Electrical system department you get to challenge yourself every day. If you want to develop your skills in designing printed circuit boards, choosing the right materials and in programming and developing embedded systems, this is the department for you!

In the electrical system department there is also Jesse Peltoniemi (ICT Engineering) and Tuomas Pärnänen (Electrical Engineering).