ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 7, 2017--Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) announced today that it has received approval from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of Veterans Affairs – including State Approving Agencies (SAA) – to become the first luxury automotive manufacturer to offer a Registered Apprenticeship Program in four U.S. states, certifying Mercedes-Benz DRIVE as part of the National Apprenticeship System.

Through MBUSA’s 16-week technician training and development program, Mercedes-Benz DRIVE, veterans and nonveterans alike will be trained for in-demand technician careers at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships. Specifically, candidates interested in obtaining a career as a systems technician will receive training in core competencies such as brakes and traction, service and maintenance and telematics, in addition to E-Mobility, diagnostic strategy and electrical fundamentals. Students will also take a course in career development, helping them prepare for a successful transition into the automotive industry.

“The complexity of our current and future luxury vehicles, along with significant sales growth, has created a strong and growing need for skilled, professional technicians,” said Christian Treiber, vice president of customer service at MBUSA. “Mechanics are now technologists with a high level of sophistication. With an eye towards the future, Mercedes-Benz has mapped out a new path that makes technician jobs attractive to veterans as well as providing much-needed assets for dealerships.”

At the successful completion of the program’s hands-on and instructional learning, apprentices receive a certificate from both MBUSA and the DOL. These certifications will be recognized at all Mercedes-Benz dealerships throughout the United States, honoring the significant achievement of completing over 640 hours of specific, manufacturer training.

Mercedes-Benz DRIVE is offered in four locations across the country: Long Beach, Calif; Dallas, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Norwood, Mass. Applicants are able to obtain additional information about Mercedes-Benz DRIVE by emailing mbdrive@mbusa.com.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Atlanta, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse lineup in the luxury segment with 15 model lines ranging from the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe to the flagship S-Class and the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

MBUSA is also responsible for Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart products in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.mbsprinterusa.com and www.smartusa.com.

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