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Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Extends Application Deadline for Technical Programs


Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Extends Application Deadline for Technical Programs

•  Candidates have until Friday, April 10, 2015 to apply; Program starts in Fall of 2015

•  MBUSI seeks to strengthen candidate pool by targeting high school seniors

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA – Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) has extended the deadline for candidates interested in applying for its Mechatronics or Automotive Technician programs. Candidates now have until Friday, April 10th to submit an application – the original deadline was March 10th. Both programs will start during the fall of 2015.

“We currently have 120 students active in the Mechatronics and Automotive Technician programs and we wanted to provide more students the opportunity to apply and be considered,” said Jason Hoff, President and CEO of MBUSI. “Many high school seniors are in the midst of making critical decisions about college and their next steps as graduation approaches, so we want to encourage all students, parents, and guidance counsellors to strongly look at opportunities available in technical fields.”

Since the technical programs were launched three years ago, MBUSI has hired roughly 90 of the participants, with one third now in the Maintenance Apprenticeship program and on track to become highly-skilled Maintenance Team Members helping keep the plant’s equipment properly maintained as it churns out vehicles for 135 markets worldwide. The remainder work in the plant’s Body, Paint, and Assembly shops.

In the coming final weeks of recruitment, MBUSI will visit West Alabama schools to provide candidates with a better understanding of the opportunities available. MBUSI is also working through Shelton State Community College, the University of West Alabama, and other local workforce development partners to get the word out.  For more information on how to apply, visitwww.mbusi.com and click on the “Employment” tab for links to information about both programs, including how to apply, frequently asked questions, and details about the curriculum. 

About The Mercedes-Benz Automotive Technician Program
The Mercedes-Benz Automotive Technician Program includes three terms of instruction at Shelton State Community College or the University of West Alabama (UWA). Students will attend classes during the day on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and receive training at MBUSI on Thursday and Friday. During training at MBUSI, students will spend time in the classroom and on the shop floor.  Of the students who successfully complete the programs at Shelton State or UWA, at least the top 75% will advance to MBUSI and earn a full-time job in Production.
About The Mercedes-Benz Mechatronics Program
The Mercedes-Benz Mechatronics program involves seven terms of instruction at Shelton State. Students will attend classes at Shelton Monday through Thursday, and experience operational insights and daily procedures at the plant on Fridays.  At least the top 75 % who successfully complete the program will advance to MBUSI and earn a full-time job.  Of the students who advance to MBUSI, a top percentage will go into the Mercedes-Benz Industrial Mechatronics Maintenance Apprenticeship Program and the remaining will earn a Full-Time position in Production.
Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. (MBUSI) is the production location for M-Class, GL-Class and R-Class SUVs, as well as the C-Class sedan.  In 2014, the plant produced more than 232,000 vehicles.  While MBUSI has now launched the all new C-Class, Team Members are already working on the new, dynamic GLE Coupe to be built in Alabama beginning in 2015 as the plant’s fifth product. MBUSI currently employs more 3,500 Team Members.


Further information from Mercedes-Benz is available at: 
www.media.daimler.com and www.mercedes-benz.com



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