BMW of North America expands investments in technician training.
BMW of North America announced that it will support the opening of two new technician training facilities in Spartanburg, SC and Atlanta, GA, and expand the training capacity in Ontario, CA, and at the company’s headquarters in Woodcliff Lake, NJ by 50%, with a $56 million investment. Open house events will take place at the Spartanburg location on June 26 and in Atlanta on July 25.
This investment will help develop new and existing technicians for employment at BMW and MINI dealers in the U.S. through several programs, one of which is the 16-week program, STEP (Service Technician Education Program). STEP which BMW technical training and accepts candidates from post-secondary automotive training programs for hands-on technical education for employment within the BMW dealer network. This program is currently taught in nine locations across the country.
“As vehicle technology becomes increasingly complex, the need for highly trained and skilled technicians becomes critical to providing the premium level of service our customers demand,” said Claus Eberhart, Vice President BMW Aftersales. “These new facilities will not only ensure that our technicians will have the ability to maintain and service both current and future generations of BMW vehicles, but also the opportunity to have a successful career in the automotive industry.”
The Spartanburg training center is located adjacent to BMW Plant Spartanburg and will use the flagship STEP training program. The new facility is 35,000 square foot with two technical training workshops and four paint and body training rooms. BMW is investing $10 million in this facility.
On the other hand, the Atlanta facility spans over 53,000 square feet and will offer students technical training, STEP and Apprentice training, Motorrad, and body and paint dealer training. BMW is investing $17 million to service dealers and customers throughout the region.
These training centers will develop highly-skilled technicians that are needed to repair and maintain current and future BMW vehicle technologies and electric drivetrains.