Audi of America Bringing Experienced Military Technicians to Dealers

Military mechanics

SITUATION:
• US mil­i­tary tech­ni­cians who’ve served in the field have been highly trained and expe­ri­enced in work­ing with lat­est vehi­cle technologies.

• Prob­lem for them has been com­ing home to Amer­ica and find­ing the mar­ket very tight for get­ting jobs and return­ing to daily civil­ian life.

• Audi of Amer­ica has launched pro­gram to bring mil­i­tary tech­ni­cians to dealer ser­vice departments.

Vet­er­ans to Tech­ni­cians pro­gram devel­oped with Audi by Cal­i­bre, a Va.-based man­age­ment and tech­nol­ogy ser­vices company.

• Recruit­ing vets with auto­mo­tive skills and with expe­ri­ence in power gen­er­a­tion, avi­a­tion, weld­ing, elec­tron­ics, hydraulics sys­tems, and mar­itime systems.

• Audi pro­gram sup­ports Vet­er­ans Oppor­tu­nity to Work to Hire Heroes Act passed by Con­gress in Novem­ber 2011.

SIGNIFICANCE:
• Cal­i­bre man­ag­ing out­reach pro­gram to more than 1,800 mil­i­tary ser­vice alumni groups and mil­i­tary tran­si­tion assis­tance cen­ters.

• Mem­bers of National Guard and Reserve cur­rently serv­ing may also apply. Eli­gi­ble vet­er­ans must have hon­or­able dis­charge and 3-to-5 years of direct expe­ri­ence in a mil­i­tary unit’s main­te­nance operations.

• For Audi the chal­lenge has been see­ing its dealer net­work grow­ing and find­ing enough highly trained and skilled ser­vice employ­ees to meet cus­tomer demand.

Audi has 276 US deal­ers and its cars are becom­ing more com­plex, so build­ing this trained work­force is imper­a­tive, said Rein­hard Fis­cher, direc­tor of strat­egy at Audi of America.

• If hired by Audi deal­er­ship, vet­er­ans will com­plete Audi fast track two-week train­ing pro­gram to learn about Audi prod­ucts and technologies.

• Audi broke its record and sold 139,310 units in US last year; tar­get­ing 200,000 light-vehicle sales annu­ally before end of decade.

SOURCE:  Auto­mo­tive News

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