START Service Technician, Rio Hondo College

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What to Expect

The START program is a 16-week intensive EV service training program designed for those with existing automotive experience. During the program, candidates will develop technical expertise and earn certifications through a blended approach of in-class theory, hands-on labs and self-paced learning. Candidates will strengthen their soft skills through team-based repair practices.

What You’ll Do
  • Dedicate a minimum of 40 hours per week to training, including active participation in service center shadowing for practical experience
  • Engaging in instructor-led training to develop a comprehensive understanding of Tesla vehicles
  • Collaborate within a team environment during both lab and lecture activities
  • Prioritize safety by adhering to established protocols at all times
  • Maintain organization by ensuring proper tooling management
  • Effectively handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and meet weekly curriculum objectives and deadlines
  • Uphold a consistent and professional rapport with instructors
What You’ll Bring
  • Valid driver's license required
  • Attend and pass each of the 16-week training sessions with an 80% or higher GPA
  • Must be capable of reporting to a START training location and local service center
  • Must be willing to relocate upon successful completion of the program and accept employment at a Tesla Service Center within 30 days of graduation from the program
  • Ability to lift up to 60 pounds and follow verbal & written instructions with attention to detail
  • Be able to work in a team-based environment and have a "safety first" attitude
  • Familiar understanding of the English language, basic computer skills, including navigating web browsers and using standard applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Compensation and Benefits

As a full-time Tesla Intern, you will be eligible for:
  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans. Both have an option with a $0 payroll contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Medical Plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k), Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company Paid Basic Life, AD&D, and short-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick time after 90 days of employment and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Expected Compensation

$23.75 - $23.75/hour + benefits

Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Tesla is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process.