Auto repair

Automotive Repair Students Prepare for Careers at Ford’s Blue Oval City

CORDOVA, Tenn. – Construction is progressing at full speed in Ford’s Blue Oval City in Haywood County, and some Memphis-area high school students are preparing for possible careers at the plant.

In an auto repair course at Cordova High School, students learn the inner workings of vehicle maintenance.

Seventeen-year-old Cordova High senior Brian Martinez, who already works part-time for a well-known auto parts franchise, plans to work at Ford’s Blue Oval City. The multi-billion dollar project is expected to open in 2025.

“I plan on getting a job at Ford as a technician, see where that takes me, you know,” Martinez said. “I feel pretty excited because I think I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life, you know, working on cars.”

Construction is moving at full speed on Ford’s Blue Oval City in Haywood County. Ford will produce its new F-150 Lightning electric pickup and electric vehicle batteries at the plant with a workforce of nearly 6,000 people.

Auto shop instructor Brian Sneed says it’s a competitive workforce because demand is high for skilled auto technicians and Sneed already sees a group of potential Ford workers in his class.

“Blue Oval City…it’s mostly electric vehicle stuff. We don’t teach that part, but it’s still a vehicle and vehicle component manufacturing plant, so we’re going to help with that,” Sneed said.

Ford has partnered with Memphis-Shelby County Schools to prepare students for potential careers in Blue Oval City by providing curriculum, tools, hands-on training, and on-the-job learning opportunities to accelerate the hiring process.

“They’re already coming to Ford ready to go to the next level which is their asset training where they do hands-on certification training and then that gives them their Ford certification,” Sneed said.

Sneed points out to his students that careers in auto repair are limitless, and they could very well be part of what he calls the “Blue Oval Boom Town.”

“And they’re going to have to add a lot of jobs and that’s where we’re really going to take off,” he said.