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Old 04-11-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Arrow Looking to start a career - Dyno tuning, electrical engineering, race analysis

guys,

I recently had the chance to do some business with a guy named Forrest from pro performance tuning in Ft. Worth, and after our business was done we had a chance to talk for a little bit. He really kind of made me realize that my life is not really going in the direction i want it to (professionally).

Right now i work in a laboratory on organic electronics, and flexible circuitry. I like my job but its not what i am passionate about. I am a sophmore electrical engineering student, and all the information is in my resume, which i am going to post up here for you guys to look over and critique.


Basically i always wanted to get into professional racing and auto development. I want to learn to tune cars - work with the dme and make the most power. I am also interested in doing the wiring for race car tuning sensors. systems like racepak, or traqmate.

I feel like this experience and this direction is the best place to start, when i graduate I want to either work for a major auto manufacturer or ALMS or maybe even F1.

This is where my passion has always been, and at 19 I feel the time has come to start making inroad into that world.

So i need your guys help, every time i turn to this community, I am amazed at the wonderful people i have a chance to interact with. So here is what i need:

1. critique my resume (download here )
2. help me add to my list of shops currently:Cobb motorsport, stett performance, dynotech, alamo autosport....
3. provide advice, or contacts


Thanks in advance for all your help.
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:24 PM   #2
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:58 PM   #3
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I couldn't get the link to work but if you email me or PM me I can take a look at your resume. I have been to many career development workshops for school and internship programs.

I also always wanted to get into that area of automotive electronics but never figured out who to talk to. I know most will say the best way to get the initial exp is from just making it a hobby and getting your hands dirty. You could look into DIY solutions like megasquirt and other stand alone ECU/DME to get a feel for it. There are also a couple books out there for references on the fundamentals behind any tuning. But I think you got the right idea trying to get to some experience and an apprenticeship.

Have you had any programming classes? C or Assembly? I know assembly for sure would help with older ECUs for more primitive coding.

I know a lot of the major car business is up north which makes it challenging for us in the south get hardware industry exp. with the exception of Southwest Research Institute and automotive dept. of companies like TI.

Also, I think UTA has an automotive engineering dept. so you might be able to contact them for some insight too.

Good luck and let me know what you find. Like I said I was always interested in this stuff.
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get more experience in the internship world....experience matters
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I couldn't get the link to work but if you email me or PM me I can take a look at your resume. I have been to many career development workshops for school and internship programs.

I also always wanted to get into that area of automotive electronics but never figured out who to talk to. I know most will say the best way to get the initial exp is from just making it a hobby and getting your hands dirty. You could look into DIY solutions like megasquirt and other stand alone ECU/DME to get a feel for it. There are also a couple books out there for references on the fundamentals behind any tuning. But I think you got the right idea trying to get to some experience and an apprenticeship.

Have you had any programming classes? C or Assembly? I know assembly for sure would help with older ECUs for more primitive coding.

I know a lot of the major car business is up north which makes it challenging for us in the south get hardware industry exp. with the exception of Southwest Research Institute and automotive dept. of companies like TI.

Also, I think UTA has an automotive engineering dept. so you might be able to contact them for some insight too.

Good luck and let me know what you find. Like I said I was always interested in this stuff.
I have experiance in assembly language, and I am definitly going to go look for those books your talking about. I am really looking for an apprenticeship job, or a training + work.

BTW i Pmed you my resume, the link works for me

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if you have any concrete ideas as to where to apply i would love to hear them
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am working on an updated resume. thanks mosilll (i totally stole yours btw.... except changed the Hispanic part to Russian)
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you pretty much have to know someone or you are screwed.
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am working on an updated resume. thanks mosilll (i totally stole yours btw.... except changed the Hispanic part to Russian)
Lol.. happy to help

As long as were never going after the same jobs jk
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you pretty much have to know someone or you are screwed.
thanks raza that was both helpful and enlightening.

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Lol.. happy to help

As long as were never going after the same jobs jk
lol. thanks again.
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I was doing some reading on this subject over at e90post where they do alot of DME Flashes & piggyback ECUs for the 335i. One of the well known tuners over there recommended this book
http://www.amazon.com/Engine-Managem...0734763&sr=8-1
and said it is great.

Some good threads, some have lots of crap so you have to dig for the good info posted mostly by shiv & scalbert
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196916
Look on EVO forums about flashes, they are real big in their community.
and as others have said, check out megasquirt. You won't start out reprograming your 20k BMW with custom code but maybe you can megasquirt your lawnmower. I always wanted to look into Megasquirt but theres never enough hours in the day.

Definitely don't give up on school tho. Most companies make a degree a requirement and won't even listen to you if you dont' have that paper. Read everything you can get your hands on. Good luck!
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thanks raza that was both helpful and enlightening.



lol. thanks again.
no i was being serious, its come down to that point, if you dont know someone you need to be a bamf at what your doing. i have a few friends who do that kind of stuff. they will all tell you they got the gig because they were friends with someone who helped them get a foot in.

it sucks, but its the truth.
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I was doing some reading on this subject over at e90post where they do alot of DME Flashes & piggyback ECUs for the 335i. One of the well known tuners over there recommended this book
http://www.amazon.com/Engine-Managem...0734763&sr=8-1
and said it is great.

Some good threads, some have lots of crap so you have to dig for the good info posted mostly by shiv & scalbert
http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=196916
Look on EVO forums about flashes, they are real big in their community.
and as others have said, check out megasquirt. You won't start out reprograming your 20k BMW with custom code but maybe you can megasquirt your lawnmower. I always wanted to look into Megasquirt but theres never enough hours in the day.

Definitely don't give up on school tho. Most companies make a degree a requirement and won't even listen to you if you dont' have that paper. Read everything you can get your hands on. Good luck!
i dont plan on dropping out lol. I actually am going to get a masters in EE b4 my scholarship runs out. I am definitly going to hit up half price books and see what they have (on my way) and if they dont have this i will get this book from amazon. I am also going to look into megasquirt. I feel you on the hours of the day thing, with school ramped up like it is right now, I am going to bed at 3 and waking at 8 generally just to get my **** done.

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no i was being serious, its come down to that point, if you dont know someone you need to be a bamf at what your doing. i have a few friends who do that kind of stuff. they will all tell you they got the gig because they were friends with someone who helped them get a foot in.

it sucks, but its the truth.
as with most talent intensive jobs this is the truth, I grew up with a lot of guys that went into acting, some of them were successful and some were not. I am not a nuturally lucky person, but over the years i have developed a work ethic that makes up for my lack of natural luck.

I am going to break into this field, it is simply a matter of time and persistence. and if you have some contacts you dont mind sharing I am all ears.
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BTW if anyone would like to suggest a few more shops to me the closer to 75080 the better.

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anyone?

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LG motorsport
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Luck = opportunity + preparation
the preparation is there. now all i need is the opportunity.
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so i sent out my resume and cover letter to stett, dynocom, LG motorsport, COBB, HPP motorsport, and alamo performance.

hopefully someone will get back to me. wish me luck guys.
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Sent it out? Like through email or snail mail? I would recommend a personal visit. Since you already sent it, I'd show up a few days after they received it so it is fresh in their mind and make a good impression.
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Sent it out? Like through email or snail mail? I would recommend a personal visit. Since you already sent it, I'd show up a few days after they received it so it is fresh in their mind and make a good impression.
I sent emails, with cover letters and resumes. I will drop by some shops on friday and others on monday to talk to them.
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so i have gone by tosee most of the shops a couple weeks ago, no dice, at least up front, am looking into other oppertunities, just thought i would bump this thread. and say that during this current week i am going to go around and talk to the shops again. i figure they are eventually either going to throw me out or give me a job.
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