Want to jump start your career in manufacturing?

Upon completion of the Chattanooga Manufacturing Excellence Program (C-MEP) participants will receive priority to available entry level production jobs with Aerotek at Volkswagen.

Average starting hourly pay of $14.50


This is a 34-hour program designed to introduce you to the world of manufacturing in Chattanooga. Upon completion, you will have the basic skills and knowledge needed to secure employment in good-paying, manufacturing production positions. You will be introduced to manufacturing processes and production, life skills to be a successful manufacturing team member, where and how to apply for a manufacturing job in Chattanooga, and OSHA 10 safety certification.


Auto-manufacturing production jobs are in high demand with salaries starting at $14/hour and higher. You will develop an appreciation for manufacturing production jobs and how to apply for those jobs in the Chattanooga region.

Upon completion participants will receive priority to available entry level production jobs with Aerotek at Volkswagen.


The course will be 2 nights per week for 6 weeks, Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Dates are July 10 – Aug 16, 2017. 


Classes will be conducted at the Brainerd Youth & Family Development Center.


This program is free to qualified participants.

Initial pilot funding generously provided by Volkswagen as part of their Neighborhood Talent Pipeline initiative.


  • At least 18 years of age
  • Eligibility to work in the United States
  • Must pass a drug screen before class begins
  • Must pass a background check

Please visit registration page for more details about skills required.

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About C-MEP

A first of its kind partnership between the City of Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Department, Southeast Tennessee Development District, and Chattanooga State Community College makes this pilot possible with funding generously provided by Volkswagen through Chattanooga 2.0 and the Chamber of Commerce. This is a micro-credentialing initiative advancing the Chattanooga 2.0 strategic priority. The foundation of the curriculum borrows from a successful 2016 Chattanooga 2.0, Hamilton County Department of Education, and Tennessee College of Applied Technology dual-enrollment program for high school students exploring manufacturing. This adult focused effort builds on the work of the Auto Workforce Development Task Force which has been forging trusting relationships for over a year.

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