This story was updated at 5:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, with more information.
Some 175 jobs are opening up at Chattanooga's Volkswagen assembly plant as the company's contract employer is looking to fill the posts.
"With the challenging job environment the past few months, we are excited to be hiring for Volkswagen now that the facility has reopened," said Jen Blackburn, strategic account executive at Aerotek. "The jobs at Volkswagen are a great opportunity for individuals who are ready to get back to work and begin a long-term career with a major company."
Aerotek is seeking employees with experience in production, manufacturing, machine operation, warehouse or logistics to fill open positions at the plant.
The jobs are for a contract period and will run up to 24 months. Hourly pay begins at $14 and increases to $17 after six months on the job.
According to Aerotek, the jobs are unrelated to an electric vehicle expansion underway at the plant.
But employees can be transitioned into full-time VW workers as the slots are contract-to-hire positions, the company said.
Aerotek's website listing production jobs at VW said there could be a lot of overtime for new workers.
"Could potentially work up to 72 hours a week based on production needs," the website said. "On average, production works 50-55 hours a week."
Tom du Plessis, Volkswagen Chattanooga's chief executive, said earlier this month that the German automaker is seeing high demand for its vehicles in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
"The market had turned down. Ours was less," he said. "We are at about what our capacity is."
The plant CEO said customers are buying the Atlas SUV and the new five-seat Atlas Cross Sport SUV.
"We're very low on stock," he said.
VW returned to production in mid-May after a two month shutdown due to the coronavirus.
Volkswagen employs more than 3,800 people building the Passat midsize sedan as well as the two Atlas SUVs. The site also is undergoing an $800 million expansion to serve as the future North American hub for electric vehicle manufacturing for VW.
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