Volkswagen’s diesel engine is the reason why it can sell so many cars, but the automaker still has to hire more diesel mechanics.
The German automaker recently announced that it will hire 1,000 diesel mechanics over the next four years, as part of a plan to increase its number of diesel cars by 60 percent by 2025.
The company also wants to hire 400 more diesel mechanic-quality workers over the same period.
In its bid to increase the quality of its diesel vehicles, Volkswagen is also offering a discount to diesel mechanics, and some of them have already applied for the job.
In response to the demand, Volkswagen has begun hiring diesel mechanics for its factory plants in Germany and other European countries, according to the company’s press release.
“We believe that diesel is one of the most efficient and reliable energy-generating engines on the market,” said Matthias Mueller, the head of Volkswagen’s engineering department, in the press release, adding that the company is considering the availability of new diesel engines as a key factor in the hiring spree.
The company plans to hire 1.5 million diesel mechanics in 2021, according the press statement.
“We believe this number will increase dramatically in coming years, when we expect to increase our production of the diesel engine by more than 40 percent,” Mueller said.
Volkswagen’s current factory is only capable of producing 1.3 million vehicles a year, according a study conducted by the German automotive association, and Volkswagen hopes to boost its production to 4.4 million by 2025, which is the equivalent of nearly half of the global market.
The automaker has been slowly increasing production of its fuel-cell vehicles, such as the VW Passat and Passat e-tron, since the introduction of the new diesel engine in 2015.
Volkswagen is expected to roll out the first of the next-generation diesel engines later this year, with the first cars slated to go on sale in 2021.