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I was wondering what the best route to go is for getting a career in motorcycles. I am hoping to get in the R&D field of motorcycles. As of right now I am enrolled to begin becoming a mechanical engineer this fall (which i thought was a logical step). Is there anyone here who designs/tests cars or motorcycles? I am looking for advice on what to do in order to set myself up for a career.
 

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If you find out, be sure to let me know.
From what little research I've done, most of the design work is done in japan, it is not a country that believes in affirmative action. So take japanese as your second language.

There is a number of research companies in the states that do work on some of the components. The one that interested me most was SWRI (south west research institute) as they are located in the same state, and handle plenty of other interesting thing (space shuttles and the like)
 

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I am in the oil field and we do a fair amount of work with Southwest Research. They test just about everything you can imagine there.

To the OP, you are on the right track with an ME degree. Continue on the path for now. Believe me you still have plenty of time to decide on how to go after you get started on your degree.
 

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Munch1324 said:
I was wondering what the best route to go is for getting a career in motorcycles. I am hoping to get in the R&D field of motorcycles. As of right now I am enrolled to begin becoming a mechanical engineer this fall (which i thought was a logical step). Is there anyone here who designs/tests cars or motorcycles? I am looking for advice on what to do in order to set myself up for a career.
Here's my $.02

I would contact the MIC - Motorcycle Industry Council - and get input from them. Then I would go to every major (or minor) manufacturers website and contact their HR department and express to them what you're looking for......then get a part or full time job at a dealership and work your way into the organization. There is also the possibility where companies are looking for interns, some even work out a tuition program.

Good Luck.




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vash, what career field are you in right now?
I'm an Mech. Eng. working with radiation detectors.
 

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Fuck that dealership crap. Been there done that. Don't. If you must.... be a wrench, you'll learn more than being a sales or parts wanker. However you'll be an indentured servant with Snap-On.

Get your degree. Been there done that too. Get another one (MS).

Do FSAE as well, and get some racing experience. DO NOT jepordize your BSME completion for any reason.

After you're an IROC (Idiot Right Out of College) engineer you'll need some experience. Get a real job (with bennys) and pursue your hobby until you get good enough to find a cool job for $$$.
 

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thanks for the info. i had checked the motorcycle career site before and no R&D type stuff (or anything requiring a specialized degree) was up. Just as a matter of opion, which looks better, in general, on a resume: a tech school or a higher overal ranked school. Im choosing at the moment between a master degree program at Columbia (higher ranked overall) and Georgia Tech (top 3 of engineering schools).
 

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Most employers realize that its not the school you went to, its what you can do.
 

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What do you want to do? If you want to be an engineer, I'd say go to GA Tech over Columbia. Personally, I'd take GA over NY any day....
 
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