The Tesla START Program is an intensive 16 week training & job placement program internship. Tesla has partnered with colleges around the country with a good portion of the training taking place in the automotive training spaces those schools have created for Tesla. Dedicated Tesla START Instructors lead the training on those campuses, with the other half of the program consisting of job shadowing at local Tesla service centers. They hire candidates who have strong foundations in basic automotive services and basic electrical understanding into the START internship.  Interns are then prepared for careers as Tesla Service Technicians working on the latest technology the electric vehicle industry has to offer.


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Attend and pass each of the 8-week training sessions with a score of 85% or higher
  • Valid driver’s license in the state you live or primarily work, clean driving record and insurable
  • Must be capable of reporting to training location and local service center for training throughout program
  • Must be willing to attend the START program after 8-week program is completed; relocation may be necessary in order to attend additional START Program training
  • Ability to lift up to 60lbs
  • Must follow verbal and written instructions with attention to detail
  • Be able to work in a team-based environment and achieve set goals
  • Must have a “safety first” attitude
  • Basic computer skills, including navigating web browsers and using standard applications such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook)

Apply to the Pathway to START Program here.  The nearest training center to Vancouver is the Shoreline CC (Seattle, WA).

This program is not sponsored by Vancouver Public Schools.  Approval to distribute flyers is a community service and does not imply endorsement.

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