Profession automotive test driver

Automotive test drivers drive prototype and pre-production vehicles and assess their performance, safety and comfort. They test the models in various driving situations and prepare reports to help engineers improve their designs and identify problems. They can work for manufacturers, independent vehicle test organisations or automotive magazines.

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Personality Type

  • Conventional / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Car controls

    The functioning of specific car equipment such as how to operate and handle the clutch, throttle, lighting, instrumentation, transmission and the brakes.

  • Mechanics

    Theoretical and practical applications of the science studying the action of displacements and forces on physical bodies to the development of machinery and mechanical devices.

  • Mechanics of motor vehicles

    The way energy forces interact and affect components in motor vehicles such as cars, buses, invalid carriages and other motorised vehicles. 

  • Health and safety measures in transportation

    The body of rules, procedures and regulations related to health and safety measures intended to prevent accidents or incidents in transportation.

  • Types of vehicles

    Field of information which distinguishes rental agency classification systems, containing types and classes of vehicles and their functioning and components.

Skills

  • Conform to health and safety regulations

    Carry out all work in accordance with relevant environmental and health and safety legislation, risk assessment requirements and company policies. Take the necessary health and safety precautions during work including posture the body well, safely operate tools and machinery, and wear the right clothes and protection for the climate.

  • Control the performance of the vehicle

    Understand and anticipate the performance and behaviour of a vehicle. Comprehend concepts such as lateral stability, acceleration, and braking distance.

  • Perform test run

    Perform tests putting a system, machine, tool or other equipment through a series of actions under actual operating conditions in order to assess its reliability and suitability to realise its tasks, and adjust settings accordingly.

  • Liaise with engineers

    Collaborate with engineers to ensure common understanding and discuss product design, development and improvement.

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Drive vehicles

    Be able to drive vehicles; have the approapriate type of driving license according to the type of motor vehicle used.

  • Wear appropriate protective gear

    Wear relevant and necessary protective gear, such as protective goggles or other eye protection, hard hats, safety gloves.

  • Record test data

    Record data which has been identified specifically during preceding tests in order to verify that outputs of the test produce specific results or to review the reaction of the subject under exceptional or unusual input.

Optional knowledge and skills

maintain records related to vehicle operation test motor vehicles under demanding conditions drive motor vehicle prototypes conduct performance measurement adjust engineering designs execute vehicle maintenance aerodynamics ergonomics use testing equipment drive at high speeds present reports conduct performance tests

Common job titles

  • Vehicle test engineer
  • Test engineer - vehicle durability
  • Automotive test driver / vehicle evaluator
  • Principal test development engineer
  • Senior test engineer
  • Test vehicle coordinator – job id 12221
  • Usability test engineer
  • Requirements and test engineer radio and bluetooth
  • System vehicle integration test engineer
  • Engineer 2/3, test (vehicle)