Mercedes expands tech training program, including in N.J.

Atlanta-based Mercedes-Benz USA is continuing to expand its technical training and development programs for veterans, it announced Monday.

The automotive manufacturer said it recently became the first to establish a Registered Apprenticeship Program for veterans through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

In 2019, training will be available in locations throughout the U.S., including Robbinsville. In March, the company moved its U.S. headquarters from New Jersey to Georgia.

“The need for educational programs like these are important as we face an acute shortage of qualified technicians,” said Christian Treiber, MBUSA vice president of customer service. “The shortage largely comes from the outdated image of mechanics and increase in demand. Today’s mechanics must now have a completely different skillset; they are technologists that cater to increasingly complex vehicles. Training programs like the ones at JCTC are critical to help close this technician gap.”