Join Us

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Getting Started

Interested in joining Midnight Sun? Our team meetings are on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and you can meet us at our workbay in E5 1002.

To come prepared, click on the icons and follow the steps below to get started with our team:

 
 
 

1. Join our FaceBook Group

Here, we post notifications about meeting times and general team announcements

Click the icon above to join the Midnight Sun Members Facebook group.

 
 

2. Join our Slack Workspace

Slack is an instant messaging platform and is our main communication channel for our team.

Click the icon above to sign-up!

 
 

3. Join Confluence & Jira

Confluence is a wiki where you will find a majority of our team documentation. Jira is a ticketing platform primarily used by our electrical teams.

Click the icon above & fill out the form to join!

 
 
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5. Familiarize yourself with our team

When you join Confluence, start at the “Overview” page in the General Space. This is a good starting point for learning more about the team and what we do.

 
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6. Pick a Sub-team & Attend our Meetings

Attend sub-team meetings in E5 (see room list below), every Wednesday at 7:00pm. We recommend you visit different sub-team meetings and get a feel for what each one does before making your final decision!

 
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Any questions?

Feel free to send us a message, email or drop by our workbay to ask us questions about these platforms.

Email: solar@uwmidsun.com

 
 

What Should I Expect at my First Team Meeting?

When: Every Wednesday at 7:00 pm

Where: Mechanical (E5 1002, our work bay), HW/FW (E5 2103) and Business (E5 2004). Feel free to go straight to any of these rooms

What: Our weekly meetings usually consist of team updates for the week. It’s okay if you are a little lost during this portion, you’ll pick things up as you go along

So what should I do? After the meeting, approach the team lead (or anyone that looks like they know what they’re doing) and ask how you can get involved

Next Steps: Come to our Saturday Working Sessions, every week at 12:30 in our work bay. This is dedicated work time for each subteam and where you can ask for help on anything you were assigned for that week.

 
 

FAQs

 

Does your team have an application?

No, you don’t need to apply to join Midnight Sun! Just show up and ask how you can contribute - that’s all it takes to join the team.

Is it okay if I don’t have any experience?  

We are strong believers that being a great team member doesn’t always mean having the most experience. The only things you need to bring to our team are:

1. Enthusiasm to get involved

2. A willingness to learn

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Which Sub-team(s) Should I join? 

This decision can be quite daunting at first and we want to help you find your fit! We recommend you start with one, but you are welcome to join more!

Below, you will find an overview of each sub team with reasons to join:

 
 
 
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Description: The Mechanical team is responsible for the design, manufacturing, and validation of all non-PCB systems of the vehicle. This includes the design of the vehicle structure, aerodynamics and aesthetics, electrical integration, interiors, and suspension.

Join If: You are interested in mechanical engineering, industrial design, aerodynamics, and/or working with your hands to turn ideas into physical products.

 
 
 
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Description: The Hardware team is responsible for all custom PCBs and off-the-shelf electronics in the vehicle. These include the low voltage system, solar, powertrain, and batteries

Join If: You are interested in electrical design, validation, and integration.

 
 
 
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Description: The firmware team writes C-based code to enable communication between various electrical systems in the car. We write device drivers for microcontrollers in our driver display, battery management system, power distribution and more.

 

Join If: You are interested in programming and you love to see your code do cool things.

 
 
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Description: The Business team is responsible for fundraising, marketing and keeping track of the team’s finances.

Join If: You are interested in building communication skills, graphic design, videography or financial management