Young Mi’kmaw get jobs at Tesla, California

Last summer, Ben Ward entered a competition aimed at reducing repair time for Tesla’s supermanifold, this part located on the tailpipe.

The 23-year-old had no idea that his Tech-A-Thon application would land him a full-time job with the green energy giant.

Since starting with Tesla, I’ve mapped out my own path to where I wanted to go. »

A quote from Ben Ward

In January, he will move to Fremont, California to work as a research and development engineer. Ward says he will focus on finding repair efficiencies for Tesla and reducing waste of parts.

He has always liked to take things apart to see how they work. At 16, he repaired the engine of his first car, but he admits it was more out of necessity.

The Tesla company has installed charging stations for electric cars in several places around the world.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Simon Rail-Laplante

I had no money to pay a garage to do these repairs.said the young man.

Ben Ward, from the Mi’kmaw Nation of Metepenagiag, 130 km north of Moncton, lived on and off the reserve as a child. He says he’s always been fascinated by engineering, but knew the university route wasn’t for him. Early in his youth he realized that he preferred working with his hands.

I have always had a short attention span when sitting in a classroomsaid Ben Ward.

So he turned to manual trades and enrolled in the New Brunswick Community College automotive program in 2018.

He proves himself there. His former driving instructor, Adam Estabrooks, said he was an excellent student.

Ben already knew a lot more than the average student. He really could have been content to follow an apprenticeshipsaid Mr. Estabrooks.

Ben Ward was calm, professional and at the top of his class. When Mr. Estabrooks’ former employer, the Buick car brand, sought help in Moncton, recommended professor Ben Ward, knowing he had great potential. Seeing his student achieve greater goals was one fantastic performance.

Working at Tesla in California in less than three years is quite an achievementsaid Mr. Estabrooks.

Ben Ward’s biggest challenge lately has been learning the complex diagnostics of a Tesla. Compared to a gas-powered vehicle, Teslas are more like computers, he says, and he had to get used to it. Now that he knows the vehicles well, he hopes to innovate even more in his new position.

Based on information from Oscar Baker III of the CBC

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