• 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.
• 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