Volkswagen Chattanooga intends to recruit around 150 creation employees by the end of the year as it fulfills the need for a get together of its current vehicles and prepares for building an electric SUV.
“We will likely reach out in any event 10 propositions for employment consistently for the rest of the year,” said Tom du Plessis, president and CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “We should develop our group to fulfill the expanding need for our vehicles, yet in addition to start arrangements for electric vehicle gathering.”
Beginning Friday, VW will acknowledge applications for creation posts, with candidates having in any event three joined long stretches of involvement with assembling, car mechanics, or car fix, including get together, welding, substantial hardware, and machine activity. The new representatives will straightforwardly join the automaker instead of first working for a business contractual worker.
It’s the first time since 2009 the company is accepting such applications, though early this year VW announced it was aiming to hire 600 more employees through a similar process. Then in March, the company shut down production for a period due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The company said Tuesday it will hire primarily for second and third shifts, with the starting hourly pay at $20, or $23.20 including a 16% bonus, with wage progressions. Starting wages for the day shift is $18.50 per hour, or $21.46.
The new positions will be open in the body shop as well as for assembly, paint, quality and logistics, according to VW.
In addition to hiring new production employees, VW is continuing to convert contract workers. The company said it converted 54 production contractors last month, and it will continue to do so once they’re eligible.
Higher sales of its popular seven-seat Atlas SUV, coupled with the assembly of the new five-seat Atlas Cross Sport SUV, are leading the German company to bolster hiring, du Plessis has said.
Also, an $800 million plant expansion that’s underway is readying VW to build a new battery-powered SUV by 2022 and more employees are needed for that milestone.
Pre-series production of the new SUV will start in 2021, according to the automaker. Construction on the expansion is on track for completion this year. The vehicle, called the ID.4, will be unveiled on VW.com at 11 a.m. ET Sept. 23.
Volkswagen employs about 3,800 workers in Chattanooga.