BMW Celebrates MSTEP Graduates

At BMW, it is our desire to serve those who have graciously served us. Last week, we honored the graduating class of our Military Service Technician Education Program (MSTEP) and celebrated a pivotal moment in BMW history as we welcomed our very first female graduate.

Established in 2018, MSTEP is a 16-week technical educational program that provides active duty military veterans with the opportunity to transition from military to civilian careers. The program, and our partnership with the Universal Technical Institute (UTI), exposes each student to cutting-edge, technical training courses in a workshop, hands-on environment. Upon completion of the program, graduates are given the opportunity to secure employment as a certified BMW automotive technician. 

Advances in technology have changed the way we do work, creating a world where innovative, technical skills are in high demand. That is why BMW is committed to equipping individuals to become the next generation of highly skilled BMW technicians by providing them with advanced education and hands-on training experience that will ensure their professional success. Currently located on Camp Pendleton in California, MSTEP serves as an example of our commitment.

At BMW, we believe diversity makes us who we are and drives us forward. Through this unique program, and partnership with the US Military, we have helped empower a highly motivated and talented group of individuals who are trained to use some of the world’s leading technologies. Through MSTEP, graduates not only refine their existing skills and knowledge, but also acquire new skills to ensure a promising and rewarding career. 

Join us as we celebrate the graduating class of MSTEP 04 and welcome future members of MSTEP.

To learn more about BMW MSTEP, please visit https://www.bmwstep.com/bmw-mstep/


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New Clemson Vehicle Assembly Center Fosters Student Innovation and Development

In 2003, BMW partnered with Clemson University in South Carolina to establish the International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Since then, we have invested heavily in research and development efforts being carried out between automotive researchers, students, and manufacturers there.

This February, we opened the Clemson Vehicle Assembly Center—a new, 4,000-square-foot facility equipped with a full vehicle assembly line, joining lab, sub-assembly lab, embedded devices lab, collaborative robotics center and autonomous factory vehicles. The center will initially allow for 100 students to participate in both developing and learning advanced manufacturing techniques, with plans for future growth.

With the BMW Group’s largest manufacturing facility located nearby in Spartanburg, we believe that investing in centers like this one is paramount to continue developing innovative manufacturing techniques and training the next generation of employees in our industry.   

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The Evolution of the BMW Scholars Program

Established in 2011, the BMW Scholars program provides tuition assistance and hands-on training in advanced manufacturing to full-time students working towards manufacturing-related degrees at partnering technical colleges. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition and books, provides healthcare benefits, and pays students for their work at the BMW assembly plant. Over the past seven years, the program has graduated 180 students, all of whom received an offer of full-time employment with BMW upon graduation.

Earlier this year, we were able to gain a new education partner and double the size of our program to a total of 200 scholars. Our partnering institutions currently include: Spartanburg Community College, Greenville Technical College and Tri-County Technical College, and Piedmont Technical College. With technology constantly changing in the automotive industry, we believe it is important now more than ever to invest in training highly-skilled workers who can solve problems.

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