BMW of North America Begins Training the SAE Techs of Tomorrow Today

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    BMW opened two new technician training facilities in Spartanburg, SC and Atlanta, GA, the expansion of its training facility in Ontario, CA and at the company’s headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.

    The $56 million investment will support the development of new and existing technicians for employment at BMW and MINI dealers across the U.S. through several programs including BMW Group University’s flagship program, STEP (Service Technician Education Program).

    BMW i3

    Someone from these programs will maintain and repair future BMW i series vehicles.​

    BMW’s STEP (Service Technician Education Program) is a 16-week BMW technical training program that accepts candidates from post-secondary automotive training programs and provides them with hands-on BMW technical education for employment within the nationwide BMW dealer network. The program is currently taught in nine locations across the country, where students develop the skills needed to repair and maintain the current and future generations of BMW vehicles. Since 1997, nearly 5,200 students have completed BMW’s STEP program, 95% of which have been offered well-paying jobs at a BMW dealer.

    BMW Training Center: Spartanburg

    The Spartanburg training center is located adjacent to BMW Plant Spartanburg, which will allow students to fully engage with and immerse in the BMW brand via the company’s flagship STEP training program. The new 35,000 sq. ft. facility includes two technical training workshops as well as four paint and body training rooms. BMW’s $10 million investment into the training location is part of the company’s ongoing investment into the region.

    BMW Training Center: Atlanta

    The brand-new facility in Atlanta spans over 53,000 sq. ft. and will offer students technical training, STEP/Apprentice training, Motorrad and body and paint dealer training. The $17 million investment will service dealers and customers throughout the region.

    This new investment is another example of BMW’s ongoing commitment in the U.S. and commitment to delivering the highest level of customer service to its owners.

    Additional BMW Group Technician Training Programs.

    BMW in the U.S. offers several technical training programs at more than 10 locations nationwide which are designed to identify, train and develop candidates who will become skilled technicians to support its dealer network of more than 650 BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad and Rolls-Royce dealers nationwide. These include:
    • The MSTEP (Military Service Technician Education Program) program was launched in 2018 at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California to assist veterans in seamlessly transitioning from a military career to a civilian career in the automotive industry. The program was launched in partnership with UTI (Universal Technical Institute), making BMW the first premium automotive manufacturer to deliver technical training on and active military base.

    • The BMW Apprentice Program was launched in 2002 to provide disadvantaged youths in metro areas the opportunity to develop a trade. The six-month program features rotations at both a BMW center and at a BMW Group University training center, allowing students greater flexibility. Graduates enter the work force as entry level line technicians.

    • The BMW Scholars program is an apprenticeship program offered by BMW Manufacturing that educates and trains students to work in the highly-technical environment of advanced manufacturing. The program size was recently doubled to include 200 apprentices, and added a fourth education partner in Piedmont Technical College.
    Since first announcing the Scholars program in 2011, BMW has partnered with three technical colleges near the company’s U.S. manufacturing facility, Plant Spartanburg. In the program, students attend class full-time and work at the BMW plant for 20 – 25 hours per week. BMW covers the cost of tuition and books, provides healthcare benefits and pays students for their work at BMW.


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