Volkswagen Academy FAQs

What are Robotronics?
Answer: 

Robotronics is the combination of systems (robotic, electrical, electronic computer, and controls) into a design useful for manufacturing. The AAS Engineering Systems, Mechatronic Systems concentration provides students with knowledge and hands-on training in 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. Robotronic technicians are highly-skilled and valued employees in all industrial settings.

What courses will I take?
Answer: 

Students will study electricity, electronics, machining, mechanics, robotics, automation, and integrated systems, as well as experience on-the-job-training (OJT) at the Volkswagen assembly plant.

Where will the program be taught?
Answer: 

The AAS Engineering Systems, Mechatronic Systems concentration will be taught at the Volkswagen Academy.

What is the length of the program?
Answer: 

Selected students must commit to a two year program which includes course work and paid OJT at the Volkswagen assembly plant.

Where will I spend the on-the-job-training (OJT)?
Answer: 

The OJT will be spent in the Volkswagen plant.

What kind of credentials will I receive?
Answer: 

Students will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Systems Engineering Technology with a concentration in Mechatronics Systems and Volkswagen Group Academy German Diploma.

What kinds of jobs are available for Robotronic Technicians?
Answer: 

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?
Answer: 

Once participants complete the probationary period (two semesters) they will be compensated throughout the rest of the program.

Do I register as a student during the OJT semesters?
Answer: 

Yes, continuous registration is required to maintain student status and financial aid.

How much will the program cost?
Answer: 

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?
Answer: 

Yes. Qualified students are eligible for Tennessee Reconnect, 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?
Answer: 

The sixteen students for each of the fall classes will be selected through a competitive application and interview process. Applications will begin to be accepted from January through March 31st but classes may fill before July 15. Candidates must apply to Chattanooga State and to the Robotronics 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 Robotronics program.