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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