Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) announced on August 7 that it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs – including State Approving Agencies (SAA) – to become the first luxury automotive manufacturer to offer a Registered Apprenticeship Program in four states.
The company’s program, Mercedes-Benz DRIVE, consists of a 16-week technician training and development program. Veterans and nonveterans alike will be trained for in-demand technician careers at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships. Specifically, candidates interested in obtaining a career as a systems technician will receive training in core competencies such as brakes and traction, service and maintenance and telematics, in addition to E-Mobility, diagnostic strategy and electrical fundamentals.
Students will also take a course in career development, helping them prepare for a successful transition into the automotive industry.
“The complexity of our current and future luxury vehicles, along with significant sales growth, has created a strong and growing need for skilled, professional technicians,” said Christian Treiber, vice president of customer service at MBUSA. “Mechanics are now technologists with a high level of sophistication. With an eye towards the future, Mercedes-Benz has mapped out a new path that makes technician jobs attractive to veterans as well as providing much-needed assets for dealerships.”
At the successful completion of the program’s hands-on and instructional learning, apprentices receive a certificate from both MBUSA and the Department of Labor. These certifications will be recognized at all Mercedes-Benz dealerships throughout the United States, honoring the significant achievement of completing over 640 hours of specific, manufacturer training.
Mercedes-Benz DRIVE is offered in four locations across the country: Long Beach, Calif; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Norwood, Mass.