This page provides information about the Apprenticeship at the Volkswagen Chattanooga location. For information about the onsite High School program, please click here.
How can I apply?
Applications to the Robotronics apprenticeship program are accepted from January to June, however the program may fill up prior to the deadline, so early application is encouraged. The application process consists of the following steps:
Apply with a cover letter and resume at: https://bit.ly/39yuqok
1. Attend an interview at the Volkswagen Academy in Chattanooga
2. Upon acceptance into the program, apply for enrollment with Chattanooga State Community College: https://www.chattanoogastate.edu/admissions
What qualifications do I need?
Candidates need to have a high school diploma or GED and college level in reading, writing and mathematics. Prior technical experience is not required. Candidates must be able to clearly distinguish colors. All selected candidates must pass a physical and background check before being accepted into the apprenticeship program. We are looking for motivated applicants who are willing to apply themselves and want to invest in their education and development.
What will I learn?
Our apprentices acquire a variety of skillsets including, but not limited to: IT networking and programming; troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of manufacturing technology; machining; electrical work; pneumatics/hydraulics.
What is expected from me in order to successfully graduate from the apprenticeship program?
Full commitment is essential to successfully complete the apprenticeship program. Students need to adhere to Volkswagen Academy policies which include attendance requirements. In order to graduate, students need to have completed the A.A.S degree from Chattanooga State Community College and passed the Volkswagen Academy final exam which assesses students in both theoretical and practical skills in accordance with global Volkswagen standards.
How much does this apprenticeship program cost?
Students will pay the same tuition and fees as normal Chattanooga State Community College students which is calculated based on the number of credit hours a student is taking per semester. Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Tools are supplied, Team wear and safety equipment are provided.
Is this a paid apprenticeship?
Upon completing a two semester probationary period (8 months), apprentices earn an hourly pay for the remaining 16 months of the program. All apprentices are paid at the same rate.
The amount earned throughout the program generally offsets the cost of tuition. This can vary based on the apprentice’s individual financial situation.
When does the apprenticeship program start?
The Robotronics apprenticeship begins with the Academic semester in the Fall – usually in late August - and takes 2 years to complete.
How many applicants are admitted to the Robotronics apprenticeship program each year?
Admission numbers depend on business needs. On average, around 16 students are admitted every year. While they are all part of one cohort, they may be split up into smaller groups for certain classes in order to ensure a high quality learning environment and mentoring.
Where is this apprenticeship program taught?
Robotronics classes are taught in the Volkswagen Academy Chattanooga adjacent to the Volkswagen manufacturing plant. On-the-job (OJT) training semesters will be spent inside the plant. Any general education classes that are taken additionally may be taught on the Chattanooga State Community College campus upon the college’s discretion.
Is this a full-time program? Is the class schedule flexible?
The Robotronics apprenticeship is a full-time educational development program. During classroom semesters, the class hours are Monday-Friday 7:30am-3:30pm. During OJT semesters, apprentices work 40 hours per week during day shift. This can change based on business need. Both classroom and OJT schedule are fixed and attendance is mandatory.
Will this apprenticeship program prepare me for modern manufacturing in an up-to-date environment?
The newly-developed Robotronics dual apprenticeship program was launched in 2018 specifically with the goal to offer a educational development program that prepares students for anticipated changes in the manufacturing environment and new technologies around Industry 4.0. The “Smart Factory” concept is therefore leading the 2-year curriculum. Volkswagen Academy is in constant communication with the manufacturing plant in order to ensure that students are best prepared for new technologies and requirements. Students can expect to be taught up-to-date content in a state-of-the-art facility with the most recent technologies.
What are my options after having completed the apprenticeship program?
Upon successful completion of the Robotronics program, graduates will receive a conditional job offer with Volkswagen, the world’s largest car manufacturer. Volkswagen offers competitive pay as well as various development opportunities. The Volkswagen Academy Diploma is recognized at Volkswagen all over the world. Should graduates seek further education, the A.A.S degree obtained during the apprenticeship opens up the possibility of attending advances academic programs. Graduates have been qualified in a high-level profession that is in demand within the car manufacturing industry and beyond, opening up many opportunities.
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At this time, no summer camp is planned for 2021. We hope to resume Camp in 2022.
The annual Volkswagen Academy Summer Camp is free and open to the public. Open to teens ages 14 – 18, this exciting week is jam-packed with hands-on opportunities for participants to experience robotronics and automation in a real-life setting. Campers will also have the chance to use virtual reality simulators.
Registration is required. Check back periodically and follow Volkswagen Chattanooga on social media for registration information.
Throughout the week, campers will rotate through five activities:
Campers discover how robots work and how they are used in manufacturing by exploring and operating an actual production robot.
Campers explore the programming logic and language that steers our manufacturing equipment.
Campers gain a better understanding of electric vehicles and explore electrical basics through hands-on activities.
Explore a Volkswagen
Campers learn how to change a tire, check fluid levels, change spark plugs & fuses, and discover safety features of a VW car.
Campers discover how an assembly line works through hands-on simulation.