Volkswagen Academy FAQs

What is Mechatronics?
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The AAS Engineering Systems, Mechatronic Systems concentration provides students with knowledge and hands-on training in machining, electricity, pneumatics, PLC, robotics, CNC and automation. Mechatronic Systems is a step beyond a traditional industrial maintenance program in that multiple disciplines are combined into a systems approach for troubleshooting and resolving problems in an automated manufacturing plant. Mechatronics technicians are highly-skilled and valued employees in all industrial settings.

What courses will I take?
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Students will spend five semesters studying electricity, electronics, machining, welding, mechanics, robotics, automation, and integrated systems, as well as four semesters of on-the-job-training (OJT) at the Volkswagen assembly plant for a total of nine sequential semesters.

Where will the program be taught?
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The AAS Engineering Systems, Mechatronic Systems concentration will be taught at the state-of-the-art Volkswagen Academy.

What is the length of the program?
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Selected students must commit to a three year program which includes five semesters of instruction and four semesters of paid OJT at the Volkswagen assembly plant.

Where will I spend the on-the-job-training (OJT) semesters?
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The four OJT semesters will be spent in the Volkswagen plant.

What kind of credentials will I receive?
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Students will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Systems Engineering Technology with a concentration in Mechatronics Systems and an Industrial Mechatronics certification from Volkswagen Chattanooga.

What kinds of jobs are available for Mechatronics Technicians?
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Graduates of the program may be offered employment within the Volkswagen facility (production and maintenance); however graduates will be qualified to work in any manufacturing production facility (automotive and non-automotive) that emphasizes lean production methods.

Will I receive pay during the OJT semesters?
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Yes, all participants will receive an hourly starting wage of $14 per hour during the first OJT semester; however, the hourly pay will increase by $1 per hour for each successive OJT semester.

Do I register as a student during the OJT semesters?
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Yes, continuous registration for all nine is required to maintain student status and financial aid.

How much will the program cost?
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The cost of the program will vary by semester. Students will pay the same tuition and fees as normal Chattanooga State Community College students and it is based on semester hour.

Is financial aid available for VW Programs?
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Yes. Qualified students are eligible for Tennessee Promise, Federal Pell Grant and student loans. Students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online to qualify for the financial aid.

How do I apply for admission?
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The twenty-four students for each of the fall classes will be selected through a competitive application and interview process. Applications will be accepted from January through July 15 but classes may fill before July 15. Candidates must apply to Chattanooga State and to the Mechatronics Program.

Am I guaranteed a spot in the program if I enroll in Chattanooga State Community College?
Answer: 

No. While students may be admitted to the College, there is a competitive process to be admitted to the program.