Mercedes-Benz Technician Training

Mercedes has partnered with many different schools to create two different Mecerdes-Benz technician training programs. Start here to become a Mercedes mechanic.

How to Become a Mercedes Mechanic

Similar to Ford, Mercedes-Benz has created two structured programs for students like you to become a Mercedes-Benz mechanic. The first is a direct partnership with Universal Technical Institute, the Mercedes-Benz DRIVE Program. On top of that, is a more general program that is available at a few different schools across the nation. This is called the Mercedes Tech Program. Attending a Mercedes-Benz Mechanic School will get you on your way to working on some of the best cars around, everyday.

Mercedes-Benz DRIVE Program

Does the look, feel and sound of a Mercedes fire you up? If so, the DRIVE program could be the perfect way to get you into a job working at a Mercedes-Benz dealership. The Mercedes DRIVE Program is offered at five different locations across the United States including Universal Technical Institute as well as multiple Mercedes-Benz Training Centers. Since this program is paid for by Mercedes, it is competitive and the manufacturer is very selective with who they let in. The DRIVE Program is mean to accompany other general automotive training making it a short 16-week Mercedes training program.

List of Mercedes-Benz DRIVE Schools

List of all Mercedes-Benz DRIVE Program Schools:

  • Universal Technical Institute, Lisle, IL
  • Mercedes-Benz Training Center, Robbinsville, NJ
  • Mercedes-Benz Training Center, Grapevine, TX
  • Mercedes-Benz Training Center, Jacksonville, FL
  • Mercedes-Benz Training Center, Long Beach, CA

Mercedes Tech Program

On the other hand, the Mercedes Tech Program is a full automotive program that takes place over five semesters and is offered at four different schools in Alabama. At the participating Mercedes Mechanic Schools, students can get paid for their training as well as get their training paid for. The program pays $16 per hour with the opportunity to make even more throughout and if students maintain a certain GPA, Mercedes will pay up to 100% of the program costs. If that wasn’t enough, students who maintain a 3.0 GPA will earn a job offer at the completion of the program.

Mercedes Mechanic Schools List

List of all Mercedes-Benz Mechanic Schools offering the Tech Program:

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Steps to Become a Mercedes Mechanic through DRIVE

DRIVE Program Objectives

Mercedes-Benz vehicles are some of the most advanced on the road. Here’s what you’ll learn to fix them for a living:

  • Mercedes-Benz Introduction
  • Vehicle Disassembly
  • Regular and Scheduled Service/Maintenance
  • Mercedes Electrical Systems
  • Basic Diagnostic Strategies
  • Telematics
  • Brakes and Traction
  • Suspension
  • Engine Management Systems
  • HVAC Systems
  • Career Training

Qualifications to Get in the DRIVE Program

Qualifications to enter the DRIVE program are all of the following:

  • Core Program Training
    • Must be a high school graduate or completed your GED of a post-secondary, NATEF-certified auto program
  • Intensive Selection Process
    • There are different aspects of the selection process such as an online, video and in-person interview, mechanical skills and personality assessments, background check and drug screening.
  • Driving Record
    • Any drivers with a DUI or reckless driving convictions will be denied. Students with more than two moving violations in the past three years will be removed as well.

Licensing & Certifications

After completing the Mercedes-Benz DRIVE Program, students will be able to work at Mercedes Dealers and after six months will earn Service Technician status. This will allow graduates to become a mechanic at many different Mercedes dealers and manufacturers across the nation.

DRIVE Frequently Asked Questions

Can students change sessions in which they are enrolled if their circumstances change?

According to the Universal Technical Institute, student requests to move to another session will be evaluated based on the reason for the request and class availability.

What kind of certifications or degrees will I earn?

Graduates from the DRIVE program at UTI will earn either a diploma or an Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS) degree. This depends on which campus you choose as well as your choices of additional certifications that you want to earn. Along with that, students can become a Services Technician at Mercedes after additional training at Mercedes.

Is accreditation important? Is UTI accredited?

Accreditation is important as it holds educational institutions accountable for their ability to teach through a system of comprehensive evaluations from an unbiased third-party. This evaluation is done through an established set of criteria which is used at each school that is evaluated. All UTI locations are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

Steps to Become a Mercedes Mechanic through the Tech Program

Mercedes Tech Program Objectives

Here’s what you can expect to learn in the Mercedes Tech program:

  • Mercedes-Benz Introduction
  • Vehicle Disassembly
  • Regular and Scheduled Service/Maintenance
  • Mercedes Electrical Systems
  • Basic Diagnostic Strategies
  • Telematics
  • Brakes and Traction
  • Suspension
  • Engine Management Systems
  • HVAC Systems
  • Career Training
  • In-dealer training

How to Qualify

Qualifications to enter the Mercedes Tech Program will vary from school to school. Since Mercedes is partnering with multiple different schools, students must be accepted into the school, not just the program. Contact the specific school you would like to attend for a better idea of what sort of prior training you might need.

  1. Earn a high school diploma or GED
  2. Be motivated to become a Honda mechanic
  3. Have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license
  4. Be hungry to learn!

Licensing & Certifications

After graduating the Mercedes Tech Program, Mercedes-Benz will take some of the top students to work in dealerships while others will be given the option to work a Mercedes manufacturing plants. Students working at dealers will be able to become a Service Technician after just 6 months on the job.

Mercedes Mechanic Job Outlook

Being one of the most well-known luxury car manufacturers, Mercedes-Benz has a multitude of job opportunities that students can take advantage of. Both the DRIVE and the Mercedes Tech Program provide direct routes to working for Mercedes. From there, hard work and a desire to learn can bring better jobs. From the start, these are some jobs at Mercedes recent grads typically jump into:

  • Systems Technician
  • Automotive Diagnosis and Repair
  • Advancement Opportunities within Mercedes

As a Mercedes mechanic, you can expect to make a little bit more than the national average ($19.57) as Indeed.com reports the average pay for a Mercedes mechanic is $20.43 per hour. Of course, this wage can always increase and has been seen to increase up to $33.00 per hour.