START Program Technician-Rio Hondo College

START Program Technician-Rio Hondo College

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Service & Energy Installation
Whittier, California
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The START Program Technician will go through an intensive EV service training program designed to provide the candidates with the skills necessary for a successful career with Tesla. During the program, students will develop technical expertise and earn certifications through a blended approach of in-class theory, hands-on labs and self-paced learning. Students are also given enhanced soft skills and team-based repair practices. Relevant military service may be substituted for industry experience, and military veterans are encouraged to apply.


  • Learning and understanding of all Tesla vehicle products
  • Participate in team-based activities, both lab and lecture
  • Follow safety protocols at all times
  • Enhanced organization by keeping tooling organized
  • Complete weekly curriculum objectives
  • Maintain consistent and professional rapport with instructor
  • Participate in scheduled interview training and soft skills sessions
  • Pass a written general automotive exam not specific to Tesla vehicles
  • Minimum 40 hours a week dedicated to training and service center support
  • Maintain a 100% attendance percentage throughout the 12-week program

·         Demonstrate ability to effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet deadlines


  • High School Diploma or GED, and post-secondary automotive education level (or equivalent military service experience) acceptable to Tesla
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Attend and pass each of the 12-week training sessions with an 85% or higher GPA
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record with at least 2 years of driving experience and insurable
  • Must be willing to relocate upon successful completion of the program
  • Ability to lift 50 – 60 pounds
  • Accept employment at a Tesla Service Center within 30 days of graduation from the program for a period no less than 2 years

·         Must follow verbal and written instructions with attention to detail

·         Be able to work in a team-based environment and achieve set goals

·         Must have a "safety first" attitude

·         Familiar understanding of the English language

·         Basic computer skills, including navigating web browsers and using standard applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)


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