It’s a fascinating time to be a co-op student or new grad working at GM Canada! We recently had the chance to sit down with Mustafa El-Rahi, one of our Bench Development Engineer Interns, to discuss his career journey, some of the innovative projects he is working on and some fun facts.

What brought you to GM Canada for your internship?

Coming up to the end of my bachelors program at Ryerson University, I really enjoyed my controls system courses in school and wanted to expand my knowledge and build some real-world practical work experience before graduating. When I heard about all the great opportunities there were at GM Canada, and being a huge car fanatic, it was a no brainer for me to apply.

What peaked your interest in Hybrid Vehicles?

During the summer semester of my second year at university, I enrolled in an automotive engineering program abroad at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. During my time there I learned about the fascinating technology that goes into producing hybrid vehicles. This program introduced me to the world of hybrid vehicles, but seeing vehicles like the Chevrolet Volt on the road really showed me what a hybrid vehicle could be.

What are you enjoying most in your role at GM Canada?

I truly enjoy the diversity of my role here at the GM Canada Technical Centre. In my role on the Hybrid Vehicle Controls and Diagnostics team, I routinely get to contribute to the development of both the hardware and software components going into future GM vehicles. In my role as a bench development engineer specifically, I really get to dive into both sides of embedded controls and software, helping me build some well-rounded experience to succeed in the industry.

What type of extracurriculars are you involved in?

I am currently involved with my University’s Formula SAE team, Ryerson Formula Racing. Formula SAE is a global student competition in which student designed and built open-wheel racecars compete against each other to determine whose car design is the best! The biggest competition we attend is held at the Michigan international speedway where over 100 teams compete from all over the world. We were very pleased to finish 25th overall this year. My current role on the team is the Controls Lead and as such I am responsible for the implementation of all the controls systems on the car ranging from the pedal box to the steering wheel.

Have you participated in any exciting activities or competitions lately?

We recently competed in the annual ‘UofT Shootout’ event held at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Track. This event pulls in over 20 universities from both Canada and the U.S. for a friendly competition to see who can go around the track the fastest. It was a lot of fun and it was a privilege to represent my team on the race track as one of the drivers!

Are you a night owl or early bird?

Night owl

If you could have one super power what would it be?

If I could have one super power it would be to freeze time, that way I would have more time to work on all my projects!

What is your favourite GM vehicle?

My favourite GM vehicle would have to be the Camaro ZL1

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