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Old 10-01-2004, 01:40 AM
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I need a job: Professional Driver, How to become one?

I hate my job now, so Im looking to do something I like. A friend suggested becomming a professional driver. For the past month or so I've been looking into it. However, All I can really find is truck driving schools and 1-2 day race schools.
What I'd like to do is be a driver for something like C&D or R&T or some magizine along those lines, or even a car company with the same tests. Basically a test driver for new cars I guess. But Im having trouble finding ANY information on it. Anybody a prof. driver, or know anything about it?

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Old 10-01-2004, 01:56 AM
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Here's a list of schools in different states.

Race Schools
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Old 10-01-2004, 02:16 AM
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Yea... Been there done that... Maybe thats where I need to look into though? Maybe I just dont know how to apply those schools to a job? Im lost.... help me...

Im thinking there's something like wyotech for drivers I guess?
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Old 10-01-2004, 02:45 AM
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You might have to have a background in journalism or something that. Maybe need a degree to work for the magazine.
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Old 10-01-2004, 08:23 AM
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You need to go to school for that?
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Old 10-01-2004, 10:49 AM
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I suggest getting on the phone and calling the human resource departments of the magazine and car companies that you wish to work for and ask them what the qualifications are for a test driver.

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You might have to have a background in journalism or something that. Maybe need a degree to work for the magazine.
I would assume fourbyfourblazer is correct, you probably need a degree in journalism to work for a magazine.

I'll bet that to test cars for an automobile manufacturer you would most likely need a degree in engineering.
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Old 10-01-2004, 11:16 AM
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I'll bet that to test cars for an automobile manufacturer you would most likely need a degree in engineering.
One would think that...unless they work for an Automobile Manufacturer Its really not as scientific as one would think.
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Old 10-01-2004, 05:41 PM
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aggh, my frustration is overwhelming me...
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I work for FO MO CO

Our test drivers are x-line people doing off line testing and customer acceptance/CAA.


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Old 10-02-2004, 02:18 AM
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maybe its because im tired, or had a long night, or something, but tazz, ya lost me.
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Old 10-02-2004, 01:53 PM
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I work for Honda Mfg

I could transfer from assembly dept to VQD(Vehicle Quality Dept) where they do all of the final testing on the cars, if they had an opening. Or I could go to New Model Dept, to develop and test the upcoming model....Or better yet I could go to Honda R&D(research and development) to do testing on other manufacturers cars....Its all about if there is an opening or not and clock numbers(seniority)
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Old 10-02-2004, 06:04 PM
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So you're tellin me its all about seniority and openings (at least more so than school)... is that true for mostly all of the industry? Or is weimer in his own special case scenario?

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GhettoJet, you gotta goto school for everything else nowadays, so i figured, you'd have to goto school for something like this also

CrashFarmer2, you're probably right with your suggestion on calling... I wish I wasnt so incredibly lazy though.
Degree in engineering eh? hmm...

fourbyfourblazer, Its really not that important to me to work for a magazine, I was just using them as examples of what I wanted to do I guess.

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Take up autocross . I plan to do that next year.
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I know arch, I'm joking. Just tell them you're self taught.
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I concur with Weimer..

people who once worked the assembly line are x-line people and they go by seniority to CAA or QC and do our test driving of the new products. So yes it goes strictly by seniority not schooling except everybody I work with has some college, 2yr degrees and 4yr degrees all working together on the line...some of those people are pulled aside and offered supervisor jobs, they must have at least a 2yr degree. The only qualification our drives must have is an OHIO drivers license.


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