The fifth graduating class from the Automation Mechatronics Program was joined by the second graduating class of the Car Mechatronics Program in completing a three-year course at the Volkswagen Academy. 

This year also marked the first graduate of the Engineering Specialist Training Program.  The Engineering Specialist Training Program was launched last year and targets candidates who have already earned their Bachelor’s degree in engineering. 

This is an 18-month program that highlights the same hands-on experience of the mechatronics training coupled with three months of international experience at Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. Once graduates complete the program they are hired into engineering positions at the Chattanooga factory. This year’s graduate, Larry Mendizabal, has accepted a vehicle analysis specialist position on Volkswagen Chattanooga’s quality assurance team.

The mechatronics programs are three-year programs based on a dual education system which combines vocational classroom education and paid on-the-job training in one course.  

Chattanooga State Community College is a partner of Volkswagen Chattanooga to implement the Automation Mechatronics, Car Mechatronics and Engineering Specialist Programs in the cutting edge 163,000 sq. ft. Volkswagen Academy.