• Dec 22, 2006
We don't think we're going out on a limb by saying that a gig as an automotive test driver is at the top of most gearhead's career wish list. Surprisingly enough, the requirements for such a position are within the grasp of those of you with a clean driving record and a good work ethic.

An article we came across gives a mildly detailed outline of what prospective test drivers should expect from the job, what requirements are necessary and what educational background will get your foot in the door. A degree in mechanical engineering is a huge plus, but it isn't a necessity and normally a high school diploma is all that's required. However, having certain skills behind the wheel is an absolute must.

"What skills?" You ask.

Having the ability (and dare we say, talent) to bring the vehicle to its limits is one obvious requirement, but overall, well-above average motoring practices will suffice, along with the ability to drive for extended periods of time and being able to communicate what the vehicle is doing to engineers and other interested parties.

We're starting to search some of the job sites now, but we're thinking there may be a small conflict of interest. That, and our driving record might not be up to snuff.

[Source: Askmen.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I work for Trw Automotive (break division) and I am interested in becoming a test driver. I would welcome any advice you may have on how to go about it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i wish to become a test driver and to do whatever it takes to get the job, i've got the heart & the skill to push the car to it's limits
      will smith
      • 8 Years Ago
      can someone tell me where i can find information on becoming a test driver? salary? benefits? thanks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have been searching all around for test driver/reviewer jobs, and have not been able to find any. I am a stuntman/driver for the last 18 years, and love every aspect in the driving I do and with the cars that I use. I love to just drive, and find that I have a unique perspective of driving. If there is anyone out there that can help point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated.

      Thank you,
      Brian Avery

      http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0043013/
      Jacob John Kalisseri
      • 2 Years Ago
      i would like to work as a test driver and hold a degree in automotive engineering. From where should i start?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I was late for a test-driver opening for Roush Performance here in Orange County. I would prefer to be a driver for Saleen in Irvine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am a driving enthusiast that would love nothing more than to get into a career in testing cars. I am just as happy putting a Smart Car through its paces as an exotic Italian, i don't care, i just love to drive. Compensation and benefits are not motivating factors, this is a path that I believe I am ready for. Like William, I understand that there would be a process involved in getting to the desired position. Again, I'm not that fussy about what I have to do to get there, the ultimate goal is more than enough motivation to see it through. I would appreciate any advice/information in going in this direction. Thank you for your time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I work in Europe for a recruitment firm and we have advertised a number of test driving oppo.runities. mainly with European and Japanese manufactures and you'ld be surprised as how few applications we get.

      I guess people think it is not real or something
        • 6 Years Ago
        I live in Los Angeles, the automotive test grounds of the world, and am actively pursuing a career as an automotive test/review driver. I have a passion for automative development, engineering, design, and history. I realize to get directly in the drivers seat is not likely, but am willing to do what ever it takes to get there. I am willing to move for the career, and am available for short and long term testing.. If anyone has some advise, all information is welcomed. Thank you for your time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Could you mail me any oppurtunities in europe pease.robertmorin31@hotmail.com.Many thanks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hi Steiner,

        Is your firm still looking for test drivers? i am very interested and do have hav some track experiance.

        Thanks
        Hal
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've really been thinking about finding a job as a test driver. I've been driving for numerous auto manufacturers such as Nissan, Infinity, Hyundai and Toyota to name a few over the last 3 years doing consumer events, In-dealer trainings, private ride alongs along with testing for certain online magazines/blogs and would love to get acquainted with the right person to get me back in. If anyone would like to contact me personally my name is Marc Bergeon in Phoenix Arizona
        • 7 Years Ago
        Does the company you work for ever submit openings in the US?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hey,

        I was wondering if you know of any test driver opening in northern indian, please let me know.

        -Mike
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hi, I would be very interested to know where abouts it is you worked, or still work, because if its in England, i would be willing to travel for a good oppertunity. could you give me more info please because I have talent and i feel its going to waiste with mundane multi drop delivery jobs. I'm having my mid life crises now and I am only 28 lol. please help?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you looking for drivers in the US? If so please contact me. I will send you a Resume.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I live in Los Angeles, the automotive test grounds of the world, and am actively pursuing a career as an automotive test/review driver. I have a passion for automative development, engineering, design, and history. I realize to get directly in the drivers seat is not likely, but am willing to do what ever it takes to get there. I am willing to move for the career, and am available for short and long term testing.. If anyone has some advise, all information is welcomed. Thank you for your time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I applied for a test driver position with a local company. They test and rate cars like CR....but they dont suck like CR. I would have taken it but it offered absolutely no benefits and I need health insurance. So I am going to school instead...

      It is hard to just go out and search for a test driving job. I dont think a lot of companies advertise the jobs like the local pizza place advertises jobs.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe Cali's vineyards could start selling untaxed vino. This would supply a large amount of talented test drivers. Yeee Haw!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      hello

      I would like to apply for a job like test driver... but I have one problem... I dont know where to look for that job. can someone help me??
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hi i was a test driver at M.I.R.A in Nuneaton UK and at Millbrook proving ground in bedfordshire UK. I am looking to start testing again as i really enjoyed the job.
        Phil. W.
        • 2 Years Ago
        I have worked as a test driver at M.I.R.A for the last 13 years. Do i know you steve? Phil.
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