How Do I Join?
We need your help to build our newest solar vehicle, Excalibur! Feel free to fill out a New Member Interest Form here. Other than that, show up to a meeting and start working! We care more about your contributions than we do about the on-boarding details.
Choose a Subteam
Read over our different team descriptions here and pick which subteam(s) you’d be most interested in joining.
Note: this initial decision is not a binding commitment, and we encourage you to explore any and all other subteams once you have picked a good starting point; it’s not unusual for people to end up working on multiple subteams, so don’t feel boxed in!
Come to Our Next Meeting
When can I join the team?
Immediately! Most of our members join at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, but we gladly accept new recruits any day, even if school isn’t in session.
Do I have to be an engineering major to join?
No. Although the team is comprised of many engineers, we value our non-engineering members as well. We believe the willingness to commit and learn from others are some of the most important skills in an effective team member, regardless of the member’s major. Moreover, many of our operations are non-technical: corporate relations, sponsorships, publicity, finances, etc.
What will I do in CalSol?
You can get involved in any and all states of designing and manufacturing a solar electric vehicle. CalSol provides a unique experience for Berkeley students to get hands-on with a large-scale engineering project. Members can get experience in:
3D CAD modeling (Computer Aided Design)
Structural analysis with FEA (Finite Element Analysis)
Carbon fiber composites fabrication and testing
Machining and welding
PCB (printed circuit board) design and fabrication
Contact businesses and manage sponsor relations
Battery pack management and design
Through-hole and surface mount soldering
Manage logistics and operations