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Macomb Community College to offer Tesla START training program information session

– Thursday, September 6, 2018 10:00AM

Program offers training to qualify as a Tesla automotive service technician

Macomb Community College will host an information session for the next Tesla START program Thursday, October 4, 6 - 7:30 p.m. on the college’s South Campus in Warren, Building S, Auditorium 101. The Tesla START program is an intensive 12-week technical training program designed to provide students with the skills necessary for job placement as automotive service technicians at Tesla Service Centers, which are located across the country.

“The Tesla START program provides Macomb students with an opportunity to receive job-specific training on cutting-edge vehicles, a chance to earn while they learn, a job opportunity pipeline and a chance to be a part of the fast-moving and evolving automotive future.” said Joe Petrosky, dean, Engineering and Advanced Technology.

Tesla provides the curriculum and instructors for the program, and will work with students on job placement upon successful program completion.  Students train on the college’s South Campus in a space designed to simulate a Tesla Service location, with three Tesla vehicles, Model S, Model X and Model 3. During the course of the program, students 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.

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 the information session. 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, call 586.498.4100. To apply for the program, visit The next session of the Tesla START program begins January 7.

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.

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