How to Become a Volkswagen Mechanic
Intense and focused training to get you into the industry ahead of the game
One of the more popular foreign cars (if you live in the United States) is the Volkswagen brand. Becoming a specialized Volkswagen mechanic is a difficult task just like any other specific manufacture specialization course. Following the steps below is one path to take to become a master Volkswagen mechanic who can perform any repair on any brand vehicle.
Step 1: Gain Shop Experience
While it is not necessary, shop experience can be very helpful not only in completing school successfully, but also in learning tricks of the trade when it is time to work at the dealership. While lube technician jobs are good for getting some experience, repair shops are the best for teaching mechanics the skills which will be helpful over the years.
Step 2: Enroll in the Volkswagen Academy
Gaining admittance into the Volkswagen Academy can prove to be a very difficult task. This is the time where great grades and shop experience shows up, as without it, the applicant will be lost in the massive stack of applications for only 12 spots in the Car Mechatronics Program. Once admitted, the student commits to three years of instruction, which consists of five semesters of classroom training and four semesters of paid on the job training.
The reason why technology school is not necessary before enrolling in the Volkswagen Academy is that the academy is held at the Tennessee Technology Center at Chattanooga State and once the program is completed, the graduate leaves with two sets of credentials. The first credential is the obvious Volkswagen Academy certificate which shows the technician successfully completed the Volkswagen Academy program. The other credential which every graduate of the Volkswagen Academy leaves with is a technical degree from the TTCCS. This program successfully grants an applicant two main degrees all in one.
Step 3: Get ASE Certified
Once a technician graduates from the Volkswagen Academy, it is a great time for them to get certified from the ASE. Most technicians aspire to get eight of the nine automotive certifications, with most skipping the engine performance test. The ASE is great for getting the most growth opportunity from whatever dealership the Volkswagen tech decides to work at. It also contributes to the Volkswagen technician eventually becoming a master technician.
Step 4: Start Finding Jobs
Once a technician gains all of the credentials necessary to get them a job at a Volkswagen dealership, the next step is to go out and find that perfect job. The first thing that should be noted is that those who complete the Volkswagen Academy are offered positions in the Volkswagen facility where the Academy is held, but getting a job at a dealership won’t be a problem with Academy credentials. Typically, getting a job will play out like any other job with interviews, applications, etc. Keep in mind that you may be able to get a dealership to pay your way or compensate you post graduation, so keep an eye out for this and ask about it with potential employers.