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Tesla START Program

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Tesla Automotive Technician Program

If you are an individual that is interested in Tesla vehicles or repairing electric vehicles, then this is the ideal program for you! Develop technical expertise and earn certifications at the same time with Tesla START. Prepare for an exciting career with Tesla, as an electric vehicle service technician.


Summer classes start on Monday, May 11, 2020. The Tesla START program is competitive admissions with limited spots available each academic term. See program requirements below.

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More Information About Tesla START

Sinclair's Tesla START program is 15 credit hours of classes completed over a single 12 week term. Classes meet Monday through Friday. Students attend intensive lab and lecture curriculum at our downtown Dayton campus in building 20. The program is eligible for financial aid and the Federal Pell Grant.

The Tesla START program at Sinclair aligns with Sinclair’s academic terms for fall, spring and summer. Accepted students can start as early as Summer 2020 term, on May 11. Please visit the Sinclair registration calendar for specific registration dates. Students can apply to start in the academic term of their choice, however the Tesla START program is competitive admissions with limited spots available each academic term. Apply early to improve chances for admission.

Upon completion, Tesla works with successful students to find job placement at a Tesla Service Center in North America. Tesla provides START graduates with a smooth transition from college to full-time employment.

For questions about the Tesla START program, please call Justin Morgan, Chairperson of Automotive Technology at Sinclair, at 937-512-3242.

Program Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED, and post-secondary automotive education level (or equivalent military service experience) acceptable to Tesla
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Attend and pass each of the 12-week training sessions with an 85% or higher GPA
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record with at least 2 years of driving experience and insurable
  • Must be willing to relocate upon successful completion of the program
  • Ability to lift 50 – 60 pounds
  • Accept employment at a Tesla Service Center within 30 days of graduation from the program for a period no less than 2 years

In-Demand Career

Start at Sinclair, complete in 12 weeks. Relocate to service center in North America. Transition to full-time employment.

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