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Student Automotive Technician Program

Tesla START is an intensive training program designed to provide students across North America with the skills necessary for a successful career with Tesla—at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution. 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.

We are partnering with colleges across the country to integrate Tesla START into automotive technician curriculums as a 12-week capstone—providing students with a smooth transition from college to full-time employment.

Accelerate Your Career

We collaborate with successful graduates to secure them a Tesla Service Technician role at one of our Service Centers in North America. Armed with extensive knowledge of our products and service, Tesla START graduates are ready to hit the ground running on day one of their careers.

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Candidate Profile

Tesla START students are resilient, highly motivated and committed to creating positive change in the world.

We are seeking students who:

  • Are team oriented and adaptable
  • Want to work on the safest, quickest cars in the world
  • Are intrigued by the ability to diagnose and repair vehicles remotely

Partner Schools

Rio Hondo College Los Angeles, California
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, North Carolina
Shoreline Community College Seattle, Washington
Suffolk County Community College Selden, New York
Evergreen Valley College San Jose, California
Miami Dade College Miami, Florida
Texas State Technical College Waco, Texas
Sinclair Community College Dayton, Ohio


Tesla partners with colleges across the country to integrate Tesla START into their curriculums. Submit your school’s information and we will contact you if Tesla is interested in launching Tesla START in your region.



If Tesla START sounds right for you, apply below to help accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Are you up for the challenge?


Program Feedback

"Our Tesla START graduate will undoubtedly be one of our top technicians and she has a very bright future.”

Tesla Service Manager

“I’m doing great and work with great people! I’m proving myself a little more and more every day, and I love what I do here!”

Tesla START Graduate

“The Tesla START program is one of the biggest steps in starting your future in Tesla.”

Tesla START Graduate