Mercedes Tech Program: Shelton State - Tuscaloosa

Shelton State Community College

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Fast Facts

  • Starting pay $16 per hour with pay increases at the 3rd and 5th semester.
  • Paid for hours worked in production and training at the training center.
  • Mercedes Tech shirts are provided as well as any safety equipment required.

Application Process

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    Click the blue "APPLY through Shelton State" button at the bottom of this column.

    Clicking on the link will take you to the AIDT website and it will ask you to set up an account.

    Once you have set up your account, you’ll need to leave the website and return to this page on the website and click the blue "APPLY…" button again.

    NOTE: When completing the application, please make sure that your contact information is correct. AIDT, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc. and Shelton State Community College communicate primarily by email.

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    Wait for an email response from AIDT.

    Once you have completed the application for the Mercedes Tech Program and you have met the qualifications to apply, you will be placed in a pool of applicants to be invited to an assessment.

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    AIDT will contact you in order to schedule your assessment.

    The assessment will take place at AIDT, 6 Mercedes Drive, Vance, AL. This is our training facility located next to our Visitor Center adjacent to the plant.

    The invitation will arrive in your email.

    IMPORTANT: Please monitor your spam/junk email inboxes and/or add "" to your approved email senders list to ensure that you don't miss their email(s)!

    The first assessment will take approximately 1 day to complete.

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    Once your first assessment has been completed, your scoring information will be sent to the Mercedes-Benz Human Resources Dept.

    Depending upon your assessment result, you will either advance to the interview precess or receive an email notification stating that you did not meet the criterion to advance. If your assessment results indicate that you qualify for advancement, you will be contacted by a representative from Mercedes-Benz U.S. International to schedule an interview.

    The interview will take place at AIDT, the same facility where the first assessment was administered and will take approximately 45 minutes and you will be required to bring your hight school transcripts and any college transcripts.

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    The interview is the final step in the process.

    If successful, you will be placed in a pool of candidates for selection into the Mercedes Tech Program.

    ACT WorkKeys

    ACT WorkKeys is also part of the selection process. ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment and we require individual scores from 3 main assessment areas, which are: applied math, workplace documents, and graphic literacy. For this assessment, your contact information will be sent to Shelton State Community College and they will contact you in order to schedule your ACT WorkKeys assessment.

    All offers to join the Mercedes Tech program will be extended through our staffing agency at North American On-Site.


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Program FAQs

How long is the program of study for the Mercedes Tech Program?

Students selected for the Mercedes Technician Program will be attending school for 5 Terms (recently reduced from 6 terms) at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa.

For the requirement to work, what days will I have to work?

Students in the Mercedes Tech Program will be required to work every Thursday, Friday, and also on Saturday if production is scheduled for Saturday. These are required work days every week.

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

All students will be working in the assembly production area and also participating in training in assembly repair and at the Mercedes Benz Training Center.

What is the main focus for the program?

The main focus for the program is to prepare students for our assembly production area with a focus on Automotive Systems and Diagnostics so that top students can utilize their learned skills in our Assembly System Skills area (Mercedes Vehicle Repair).

What will the benefits be while in the Mercedes Tech Program?

Your benefits will include the tuition and fees assistance provided by Mercedes-Benz and the value of obtaining a quality education from Shelton State Community College. Other benefits include: paid work hours, team wear, safety shoes and any other safety gear that is needed to perform your job.

Can I take classes online?

Some academic classes are available for distance learning.

What are my financial requirements while in the program?

All students are responsible for their portion of the tuition and fees and for any books that may be required. Please see "TUITION AND FEES SUPPORT FROM MBUSI" section (below).

Can anyone apply for the program?

Yes. Anyone interested in the program can apply, however, the program is a full time student program with limited work hours.

After completing the program and I’m offered a position with Mercedes-Benz, what are some other opportunities?

There are many opportunities available at Mercedes-Benz U.S. International. Other than earning a full time position in our assembly production area, the other primary focus of the program is to identify top students for the Mercedes repair area (Automotive Diagnosis and repair). Also, as a company that believes in promotion from within, there are opportunities for advancement as well. These are just a few of the opportunities available at Mercedes-Benz.

For the requirement to work, what days will I have to work?

Students in the Mercedes Tech Program will be required to work every Thursday, Friday, and also on Saturday if production is scheduled for Saturday. These are required work days every week, regardless if school is in session or not. While in the program, work is required every week except during times when the plant is not running.

What should I consider before applying?

  • All candidates should review the details of the program.
  • The 5 terms of instruction are back to back and the amount of work will be limited while attending school.
  • All students will be expected to rotate shifts.
  • All students will be expected to be present and on time at school and work.
  • All students must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.
  • All students will be required to work their regular scheduled hours at work, which also includes any overtime that may be scheduled.

The program is 5 semesters in length. All candidates should consider this before applying. This takes commitment. The program guidelines state that Mercedes-Benz will offer full time employment to the top percent of those students that successfully complete the program within a certain GPA range.

What are the criteria used to determine the top %?

The top % will be determined based on a student’s over-all GPA (including attendance), training assessments, ASE assessments and work performance.

Tuition And Fees Support from MBUSI:

  • MBUSI covers 65%
    1st Semester
  • MBUSI covers 70%
    2nd Semester
  • MBUSI covers 80%
    3rd Semester
  • MBUSI covers 100%
    4th Semester
  • MBUSI covers 100%
    5th Semester

  • 65% of your tuition and fees are covered by Mercedes-Benz before you take your first class!
  • If you maintain a 3.0 and above GPA, Mercedes-Benz increases the support!
  • Potentially, 100% of your tuition and fees could be paid by Mercedes-Benz!

Begin your career with Mercedes-Benz by clicking the blue button below.

  • 5 Terms at Shelton State Community College
  • Attend classes Monday through Wednesday.
  • Gain hands-on experience by working at the plant each week.
  • With a GPA of 3.0 and above students will earn a position with MBUSI.
  • Top percent of students will be assessed to work in our Assembly repair area based on need. Other students will go into Assembly production.

2020 application is OPEN for the Shelton state program:
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