Congratulations to the first Mechatronics class of Nissan’s Maintenance Apprenticeship Program in Smyrna. Nissan and Smyrna Manufacturing Vice President Randy Knight recognized the 22-person class at a graduation ceremony and luncheon on Friday, Dec. 5. Each member of the group has completed two years of required academic study and spent a minimum of 2,160 hours of on-the-job training to reinforce their classroom learning. They have one more year of focused, on-the-job training in the area they will work before becoming a Nissan maintenance technician. Students received a diploma and multiple certificates from Dr. Lynn Kreider, Director of TCAT. Daniel Houze, receives the AMTEC General Mechatronics Certification and all students scored better than the national average.
Nissan plans to open a new training facility in Smyrna, TN to allow existing training operations to add equipment and new courses. Nissan joined the State of Tennessee on Monday, Dec. 8, for the groundbreaking of a new education and training center to be located across the street from the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant. The 155,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be completed in 2016 as an extension of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) campus at Murfreesboro. Nissan and TCAT will occupy the facility jointly. When it opens, the center will focus on developing technical skills such as welding, machining, tool & die, auto mechanics, robotics, mechatronics and industrial electrical maintenance.