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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.


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 a noncredit Workforce Development offering completed over 16 weeks. Classes meet Monday through Friday from approximately 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 pm. Students attend intensive lab and lecture curriculum at our downtown Dayton campus in building 20. The Tesla START program is competitive admissions with limited spots available each offering.  Qualified applicants should have previous automotive work experience at a repair facility or completed an automotive certificate/degree prior to entry and be willing to relocate.  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 to full-time employment.

For more information about the program or to apply, please visit the Tesla Careers website.  If you have additional questions,  please contact Erika DeBorde at 937-512-5741 or by email at

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 16 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 

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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Your Tesla START Training college in the Midwest is Sinclair College


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