Tesla's new electric-car technician training program works with colleges to train a fresh batch of future automotive techs.
Tesla has been working for some time to make vast service improvements ahead of mass Model 3 deliveries. The automaker has added third-party online training, website service scheduling, fast-lane service, and even expanded its mobile service fleet, which will now include Model S and X vehicles instead of ICE vans.
A company spokesperson told Electrek:
We’re working with some of the best automotive education programs in the country to educate students on electric vehicle technology and our unique approach to customer service to prepare them for a career at Tesla. Students graduate with a full time job, certification and the skills necessary to succeed in the growing electric vehicle industry.
The Tesla START program, which is fully funded by the automaker, partners with colleges to provide this new training and subsequently hire interns to service the electric automaker's cars. The first 12-week programs are already in progress at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina and Rio Hondo College in Whitter, California. The inaugural class of 13 students will finish up at Central Piedmont next week.
Central Piedmont's Public Information Officer and Special Assistant to the President, Jeff Lowrance told CNBC Make It:
We are proud and excited at Central Piedmont that Tesla reached out us with the opportunity to be among their first community college partners. The automotive industry is moving towards electric systems and greater sustainability overall and we felt like this would put our students at the cutting edge.
This is a way for students to avoid a lot of college debt. It's a way to get specific training that will lead directly to a career that you can sustain a life on, raise a family on. It's good for everyone involved.
Once the students finish their training, they will be hired in at one of about 100 global Tesla service centers. The automaker has an immediate need for about 150 of these techs, and jobs are posted on its website.
Tesla has the description and information for the "START Program Technician" job listed on its website. It is shown as in intern position and can be applied for by following the link at the bottom of this page. You can apply direct via Tesla's website or choose the LinkedIn option:
Tesla is looking for recent graduates from certified automotive education programs that are interested in working on the most progressive vehicles in the world.
- Attend each of the 12 Week training sessions with an 80% or better completion percentage
- Valid driver’s license, clean driving record with at least 2 years of driving experience and insurable
- Great work ethic & team player
- Ability to lift 50 – 60 pounds
- High School Diploma or GED and post-secondary automotive education level acceptable to Tesla
- Maintained a minimum of 3.5 grade point average in post-secondary education
- Achieve a documents minimum 95% attendance during their post-secondary education
- Be willing to relocate
- Accept employment at a Tesla Service Center within 30 days of graduation from the program for a period no less than 2 years
- Pass a written general automotive exam not specific to Tesla vehicles
- Some professional experience of working in the automotive service environment required
- Minimum 40 hours a week dedicated to training and service center support
- Maintain a 100% attendance percentage throughout the 12 week program