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Old 03-22-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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Hello I was recently offered a possible position with BMW I just had a phone interview today actually from my home in Virginia. I am an ASE certified automotive technician by trade and a licensed vehicle inspector through the Virginia department of State Police.

The company that actually contacted me for this job was Formel D, a contract based company out of Germany who does contract work with BMW in Greenville. it was pretty neat to get a phone call from Germany about a possible job opportunity. After that phone call I was put in contact with their people in SC.

Greenville seems nice from what I read, the opportunity to come work with BMW seems pretty good, during my time with Honda I did go through their tech programs but BMW would enhance the resume I believe and their tech schools are some of the best in the industry, it is my understanding that I would be getting some BMW factory training that would definitely compliment my prior tech schools and military background.

I do believe Greenville is the largest city in South Carolina, is within 40 minutes of Charlotte NC, and home to either Clemson or Auburn?

Anyways I was just curious on what ya'll thought about this, I am currently employed, work as a technician with TBC Corporation, a national automotive service chain. Anyways thanks for listening and hoping to get some feedback on this.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:04 PM
 
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Try Wikipedia for general unbiased information about Greenville. All the questions you asked could be found there or say, google maps. As for BMW feedback as a technician, you should give glassdoor.com a looksee.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:12 PM
 
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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I do believe Greenville is the largest city in South Carolina, is within 40 minutes of Charlotte NC, and home to either Clemson or Auburn?
Few things about Greenville: It is not the largest city, but it is in the largest metropolitan area in the state. Charlotte is about 90 minutes away, give or take. And, Clemson University is about 30 minutes southwest of Greenville's downtown. There's some incredible lakes in this area.

Take a trip down, check out Greenville, and consider what this area has to offer. It may or may not suit you, but it's certainly worth the look if you can land a job.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:08 PM
 
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Is Greenville close to Fort Mill or Columbia?
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:15 PM
 
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Is Greenville close to Fort Mill or Columbia?
It's not too far. About 90 or 100 miles to both. Greenville to Columbia is all interstate.
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Old 03-22-2013, 08:51 PM
 
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I've been in the automotive industry for a long time, love the work and car people are good folks. I don't know my wife has a career of her own and I can't just make this all about me. BMW would add a nice touch to my experience and after my military career came to an end I went into the industry because of my pathetic obsession with cars. I will have to come down and recon the area and see what this BMW job is really about. Like I said I have been gainfully employed pretty much my whole life so it's not like I'm desperate for work, I didn't even know this job existed until I received that first phone call. BMW is a good company and makes an amazing automobile. I think for the factory schools alone the job would be worth it. But I've been to a few of those through both Chrysler and Honda and Goodyear for braking systems down at the training center in Orlando. Scary thing is you wont know until you do it, I know what I have here in Virginia, the only thing I know about SC is that my old friend from high school lives in Fort Mill and my niece used to live in Columbia. I've visited both those places, I liked Columbia and Fort Mill seemed like a nice community as well
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Old 03-22-2013, 10:17 PM
 
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BMW is a great place to work from what I hear. My wife and I moved down here from Northern VA a few years back and haven't looked back. We love it here.
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Simpsonville
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I've been in the automotive industry for a long time, love the work and car people are good folks. I don't know my wife has a career of her own and I can't just make this all about me. BMW would add a nice touch to my experience and after my military career came to an end I went into the industry because of my pathetic obsession with cars. I will have to come down and recon the area and see what this BMW job is really about. Like I said I have been gainfully employed pretty much my whole life so it's not like I'm desperate for work, I didn't even know this job existed until I received that first phone call. BMW is a good company and makes an amazing automobile. I think for the factory schools alone the job would be worth it. But I've been to a few of those through both Chrysler and Honda and Goodyear for braking systems down at the training center in Orlando. Scary thing is you wont know until you do it, I know what I have here in Virginia, the only thing I know about SC is that my old friend from high school lives in Fort Mill and my niece used to live in Columbia. I've visited both those places, I liked Columbia and Fort Mill seemed like a nice community as well

I have to believe the TAXES will be lower here. A cooler climate (IMHO) than Columbia and closer to the mountains. There is an abundance of things to do and it is people friendly! Relocated to the Greenville area 4 years back from Pennsylvania and we love it also!
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:13 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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I've been in the automotive industry for a long time, love the work and car people are good folks. I don't know my wife has a career of her own and I can't just make this all about me. BMW would add a nice touch to my experience and after my military career came to an end I went into the industry because of my pathetic obsession with cars. I will have to come down and recon the area and see what this BMW job is really about. Like I said I have been gainfully employed pretty much my whole life so it's not like I'm desperate for work, I didn't even know this job existed until I received that first phone call. BMW is a good company and makes an amazing automobile. I think for the factory schools alone the job would be worth it. But I've been to a few of those through both Chrysler and Honda and Goodyear for braking systems down at the training center in Orlando. Scary thing is you wont know until you do it, I know what I have here in Virginia, the only thing I know about SC is that my old friend from high school lives in Fort Mill and my niece used to live in Columbia. I've visited both those places, I liked Columbia and Fort Mill seemed like a nice community as well
If one were to draw an arc from eastern TN down through Appalachia, with Greenville being the eastern boundary and Chattanooga being the kinda western one, and then a straight line across the northern tiers of AL and MS, this region has become a mecca for international auto manufacturers. VW is opening a plant in Chattanooga, in fact they may have already done so within the last year, I just haven't checked up on that one.

A friend works in the welding shop there at BMW, he's worked at BMW since '01 and loves it. Had a guaranteed job there out of the service. Overall they've treated him very well.

Transmission mfr ZF is here now (Laurens), plus there are many other suppliers around here, for BMW and many other international auto manufacturers.
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