Audi of America is launching a program targeting military technicians for service department jobs at U.S. dealerships.
The Veterans to Technicians program -- developed in part by Calibre, a Virginia based management and technology services company -- will be recruiting veterans with proven automotive skills, as well as candidates with experience in power generation, aviation, welding, electronics, hydraulic systems and maritime systems, the company said.
Under the Audi program, Calibre will handle employment opportunity outreach to more than 1,800 military service alumni groups, including the Veterans Service Organizations, Veterans Affairs departments, a vast number of public and private organizations that support veterans and their families, as well as military transition assistance centers.
Eligible veterans must have an honorable discharge and three to five years of direct experience in a military unit's maintenance operations, Audi said.
"If hired by an Audi dealership, veterans will complete the Audi fast track two-week training program to learn about Audi products and technologies," the company said.
Members of the National Guard and Reserve that are currently serving may also apply.
"As the Audi footprint grows in this crucial market, and as our cars become more complex, it is imperative to help our 276 U.S. dealers identify and recruit highly skilled service employees," Reinhard Fischer, director of strategy at Audi of America, said in a statement.
Audi sold a record 139,310 vehicles in the United States last year and expects to break that record this year. It is targeting 200,000 light-vehicle sales annually well before the end of the decade.
The program supports the Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act passed by the U.S. Congress in November 2011. The act provides enhanced federal support for Veterans leaving the armed forces and for their employers.