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Macomb Community College to offer Tesla START training program for automotive service technicians

– Wednesday, June 13, 2018 10:00AM

Information session for new program scheduled for June 26

Macomb Community College will launch an automotive service technician training program from electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla, this fall. This intensive 12-week technical training program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for job placement as service technicians at Tesla Service Centers, which are located across the country. Macomb is the third community college in the United States to offer the program. 

“The Tesla START program provides Macomb students with a unique opportunity to position themselves at the forefront of emerging opportunities in a challenging and fast-moving industry,” said Joe Petrosky, dean, Engineering and Advanced Technology. “Students will benefit from job-specific training, a chance to earn while they learn, a job opportunity pipeline and a foothold in the future of the automotive industry.”

Tesla will provide the curriculum and instructors, and will work with students on job placement upon successful completion of the program.  Students will train on the college’s South Campus in Warren, Mich., in a space designed to simulate a Tesla Service location, with three to five Tesla vehicles, including Model S, Model X and Model 3. During the course of the program, students will develop technical expertise and earn certifications through a blended approach of classroom theory, hands-on labs and self-paced learning.

The student fee for the program is $1,500. Students accepted into the program are considered interns and will earn an hourly wage as they learn. The 12-week program runs eight hours per day, five days per week.

On successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible for employment with Tesla at one of their 76 service locations across the country and can earn a competitive regional salary with company equity and a generous benefits package. Tesla works with the students on their preferred Service Center placement and assists with relocation.

Those interested in this program are urged to attend an information session scheduled for Tuesday, June 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m., on the college’s South Campus, Building S, Auditorium 101. The ideal candidate for the program is a graduate or soon-to-be graduate of a certified automotive education program with an interest in working on electric vehicles. To sign up for the information session, visit or call 586.445.7108. To apply for the program, visit Interviews begin June 27 and the first session begins August 20.

About Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College ( is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 40,000 students annually. Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and is the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan. The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Media contact: Sean M. Patrick, 586.445.7271,