Mercedes Benz Long Beach Teaches Interns Auto Tech | News – California News

Mercedes Benz Long Beach Teaches Interns Auto Tech | News – California News



Instructor Pedro Sanchez shows students, from left, Neftaly Gonzalez,  Skyler Philbrook and Vincent Redmon a way to work on a Mercedes-Benz engine.



Americans used to fix cars in their driveways, but automobile maintenance has become complicated. Given the complexity of modern cars, high tech equipment and specialized skills are often required.

Recognizing a need for skilled technicians, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) created a program to train them. The company selected Long Beach as one of four cities to provide this high-tech instruction.

For the past two years, MBUSA’s West Coast training headquarters have been housed in a redesigned former aircraft manufacturing building at 3860 Lakewood Blvd.

Dianna du Preez, general manager of the Mercedes-Benz Academy, and Mark Gibson, aftersales training manager in Long Beach, say that vehicle sophistication is a driving force behind this program.

“Some vehicles have as many as 90 computers on them,” Gibson says.

“The question now is … is it a…

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