Mechatronics FAQs

Will students have to take the COMPASS test?

While it is possible that some will have appropriate scores on either the ACT or the SAT or will be transferring from another institution, it is likely many will have to take the Compass. Again, these students will follow all of the same procedures as all other students who apply for admission to Shelton State.

Will students be eligible for financial aid apart from the potential assistance (tuition, fees, books) provided by MBUSI?

Yes. As with all students, however, they must complete the FAFSA (www.fafsa.gov). For questions related to the federal aid or the financial aid process at Shelton State Community College, please visit www.sheltonstate.edu/financial_aid.aspx.

How will I be notified if I’m selected for the program?

If you’re selected for the program, you will be notified by e-mail.

What are my commitments to MBUSI when I finish school?

After successful completion of the program at Shelton State Community College and for those students that enter the MECHATRONICS program, a 2-year commitment to MBUSI is required. No commitment is required from those that enter a production position.

Will I work in the same area while I’m in the program?

Work assignments and areas may change while in the program.

What will my hours be while I’m in the program?

While attending classes at Shelton State, students will be required to work at least 8 hours per week; on Friday and/or Saturday.
For those who advance to the MBUSI portion of the MECHATRONICS program, you will receive training on the job and in the classroom.

When attending classes at Mercedes-Benz Institute (MBI), work hours will be in the daytime only.

When receiving training on the job, the work hours will depend on the area and need.

How will the top 75% be determined?

The top percentage will be identified by the students overall GPA and work performance.

If a student completes all the courses at Shelton State, will he/she be guaranteed a job at MBUSI?

MBUSI will offer full-time positions in production to the top 75% that successfully complete the program of study on time at Shelton. Of those students, a top percentage will be admitted into the MECHATRONICS phase of training at MBUSI.

What is included in my course of study in the MECHATRONICS program at MBUSI?

Courses at MBUSI will be related to the specific areas of assignment.

What is included in my course of study at Shelton State?

Please see the section on “training.”

What area will I be in when I finish the program?

For those who go into the production, those jobs will be in our production shops. For those who successfully complete the Mechatronics program at MBUSI, those students will fill positions in the various Maintenance groups.

What will I be doing at the plant while I’m in school?

While attending school, students are required to work 8 hours per week. The work areas will be in the production shops.

What type of training will be included if I’m in the industrial MECHATRONICS program at MBUSI?

When a student enters the Mechatronics program, they will be training on the job and taking courses at the Bill Taylor Institute, through AIDT. (BTI is located on Mercedes Drive next to the plant.)

Is this a Maintenance program?

No, this is not a Maintenance Program; however a certain percentage of top students will be offered a Maintenance Apprenticeship Position.

Are the specific courses required at Shelton State available to me at night or with distance learning?

All course work related to the Mechatronics program will be offered in the day time only.

What will my work hours be while attending school at Shelton?

Students will be working on Friday and/or Saturday. Any other additional work days will be approved on a case by case basis.

Will vacation be available to me while I’m in the MECHATRONICS program at MBUSI? (This is after completion at Shelton State.)

  1. For students that go into production or into the MECHATRONICS program, allotment for vacation will follow normal vacation guidelines.
  2. For students in the MECHATRONICS program, vacation can only be taken during the “on the job training.”

What will the benefits be while I am attending Shelton State?

In addition to being eligible for the assistance and the possibility of earning a full-time position, students will be paid for the hours worked at MBUSI and will receive team wear, safety shoes, and any other protective equipment required.

If I’m a current MBUSI full time Team Member or NAOS Team Member, can I apply for the Mechatronics Program?

Current MBUSI Team Members:

Yes, current MBUSI Team Members can apply for the Mechatronics Program. The process involves an internal posting for the program which occurs on a specified date. Internal canditates must meet the criteria which is communicated when the internal process is opened.


Current NAOS Team Members:

Yes, current NAOS Team Members can apply; however, if you are invited to participate in the selection process and you are working  a full time  job with NAOS, you must use your own time to cover for being away from work to participate  in any of the selection phases. If you are selected for the program, you would have to resign from your position with NAOS production.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. follows all local, state, and federal laws in all aspects of business.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for any positions.

Professional Positions

Open positions are posted on the www.monster.com Website and on the Alabama Joblink Website as they become available.

You may also visit the State of Alabama AIDT Website for other opportunities. Thank you for your interest in Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

Production Positions

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications for Production Team Members.

You may also visit the Alabama Joblink Website for other possible opportunities. Thank you for your interest in Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

Maintenance Positions

We are currently ACCEPTING applications for Maintenance Team Members.  Please visit the State of Alabama AIDT Website for these opportunities.

You may also visit the Alabama Joblink Website for other possible opportunities. Thank you for your interest in Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.