An Arizona career center in Rockdale, a town of about 2,000 people on the edge of the state’s Central Arizona Mountains, is hoping to attract more than 1,000 new students in the coming year.
The program is seeking a full-time professional car-driving instructor, said Sarah Buhlman, program director.
She said the position will allow students to get up close and personal with the vehicles they’ll be driving in the future.
It will also give them a better understanding of how the cars work and will help them work together better in a team setting, Buhtman said.
“We’re looking for people who want to be involved in a job that is relevant to them,” she said.
“They want to know about the technology and the cars and what’s the best practices, and they want to see the cars in the field.”
The program’s opening is scheduled to take place in January.
It is one of a handful of jobs in Arizona that offer an opportunity to teach driving at the driver’s side of a car.
The goal is to attract those who want the challenge of working behind the wheel of an actual car, Bufalman said, and who are interested in working on an off-road course or track day.
The academy has offered positions for drivers since 2012, but this is the first time they will be offered in-person training.
“This is our chance to put our car skills to the test in a real world setting,” said Kyle Jones, a career center student who is a career-focused engineer and is applying to be a car driving coach.
“It’s a good opportunity to really give someone an understanding of the car and how it works, and to see how it’s built and how that makes it different from a regular vehicle.”
The academy is seeking the full-year program, which would be in-house, at a cost of $1,200 a month.
Students would be expected to learn how to teach the cars to others, such as instructors or instructors’ families.
The school also plans to offer a series of on-site events to attract students, including the introduction of an all-new vehicle maintenance class.
The program has already booked a class on Jan. 31 at the school for a new car that will be equipped with GPS and a navigation system, Jones said.
In addition to the training program, the academy is also recruiting for a part-time driver-assistance program that would allow students the opportunity to work in the garage and supervise their cars.
“The goal is for them to be part of the garage crew, which will help the student learn how the car works,” Buhnman said of the driver-driving assistance class.
“We want them to learn about how to take care of their cars and how to keep the vehicle running smoothly and to make sure they have the right equipment.”