Volkswagen Academy

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A.A.S. Mechatronics Technology

The Engineering and Information Technologies Division at Chattanooga State and Volkswagen Group of America in Chattanooga have teamed up to create the Robotronics Technology Expert (RTE) program. This degree is essential to optimizing functionality of modern engineering systems, blending mechanical, electrical, and informational systems. This program offers students an innovative approach that will blend classroom and laboratory instruction with paid first-hand experience in the Volkswagen plant. For additional information, call: 423-697-3121
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Requirements to Apply

  • Have a high school diploma or GED  (transcripts required from each school)
  • Currently at college level in reading, writing and mathematics based on placement scores      
  • Must be fully admitted to the College meeting all Admissions Requirements
  • Interview with the selection committee
  • Pass the Volkswagen assessment test
  • Pass a physical, drug test and background check (paid for by Volkswagen)

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Apply for admission – Parts A & B
Note: Applicants Must Submit Two (2) Applications as shown in parts A and B.

Step 2: Take the ACCUPLACER Diagnostic Test
Prospective Mechatronic Technology applicants must be at college level in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. To demonstrate proficiency in these areas, applicants must provide a current (within the past five years) ACT scores, SAT Scores or take the college ACCUPLACER test. Minimum scores needed for each of these tests are listed below. Students who have attended college before may submit a college transcript that shows a passing grade of “C” or better in a mathematics course and a course that requires reading/writing (Composition, history, psychology, sociology, etc.) Chattanooga State offers the Residual ACT test and the ACCUPLACER test for students who need to take either one for admission.

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Step 3: Interview with the Robotronics Admissions Committee and complete an Assessment Test.
Students who meet the admissions criteria will be contacted to schedule an interview with the Robotronics Admissions Committee and complete a Volkswagen assessment test.

Step 4: Submit to a physical and background check through Volkswagen.
Following the interview, selected students must complete and pass the physical and a background checks to be admitted into the program.

Step 5: Register for and attend a new student orientation during which pre-registration for classes will occur.

Need to Know

  • Sixteen applicants admitted each fall
  • Acceptance based on testing and interviews
  • No college or work experience is required
  • 2 Year Program – Equivalent of 3 Semesters Academic and Practical Information - 3 semesters of paid first-hand experience at Volkswagen of America in Chattanooga
  • Class will be Mon. – Fri.  7:30 A.M. – 3:30 PM (only schedule available)
  • A conditional job offer will be made by Volkswagen upon successful completion of the program

What’s Obtained?

  • A.A.S Mechatronics Technology degree from Chattanooga State with Robotronics Certification
  • Certification through the German-American Chamber of Commerce, which allows the graduate to work abroad with Volkswagen.

Job Expectations

The focused goal of the job is improving equipment functionality. Factories cannot afford to have industrial machinery out of service, and with production steadily increasing employment in the field of mechatronics is expected to grow seventeen percent by 2020.

Career Opportunities

  • Volkswagen Skilled Team Member
  • Automation Technician
  • Manufacturing/Industrial Maintenance

For More Information Contact:

Lyn Potter
Department Head, Engineering Systems Technology
Office Phone: 423-697-3121