Students seeking in-depth training on current model BMWs can enroll in the 12-week fast track program. In this hands-on, BMW-endorsed program, students are taught how to work on the engine electronics of Z4, X3, X5, X6, 3, 5, 6 and 7 series vehicles, as well as gain skills handling and repairing twin turbo, direct-injection engines. Students will find they have experienced professionals as their instructors and flexibility in their classes, which typically start every three weeks.
Applicants may need to meet certain prerequisites to be eligible to apply, but generally are required to have a high school diploma or GED equivalency to enroll. The FastTrack program requires students to take four learning modules, which must be completed with a score of at least 80 percent for students to be considered credentialed. When the BMW FastTrack program has been completed, students may be able to receive up to seven factory credentials and reach a status of BMW Level IV technician. The FastTrack elective can also be added on to other mechanics programs, such as automotive technology. Students looking for an alternative BMW program may wish to check out the 16-week BMW STEP program, which requires completion of more classes and for which additional details are provided below.
BMW FastTrack Curriculum
The BMW-specific curriculum of BMW FastTrack will guide you on your way to becoming a skilled technician who is qualified to work on one of the world's most prestigious automobile lines. You will be the recipient of BMW-specific training on some of the world's newest technology in the automotive industry. This training can prepare you to work on new BMW models. Through this process, you will gain familiarity with the BMW equipment, systems, and procedures that BMW technicians use all over the country. Students in the BMW FastTrack program work toward completion of 16 credit hours. This includes 321 hours of didactic and lab time and 39 additional assessment hours, comprising a total of 360 clock hours in all. To complete the FastTrack curriculum, students need to take the following modules:
BMW Technical Systems: Students learn about the diagnostic and technical information systems (TIS) that are being used in BMW dealer and service facilities.
BMW Body Electronics I: The BMW-approved processes for basic body electronics are taught, including the fundamentals of working on an automobile's battery and electronic systems.
BMW Engine Electronics and New Engine Technology: Approved Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) disassembly procedures are taught as are service and repair processes for newer-engine models.
BMW Undercar Technology and Chassis Dynamics: From alignment to strut installation and removal, students learn about a variety of chassis-service procedures, as well as BMW-approved brake service standards.
The BMW FastTrack program is available at a select number of schools, including three of Universal Technical Institute's nationwide campus locations, specifically those in Avondale, Arizona, Orlando, Florida and Rancho Cucamonga, California. The Avondale campus is 287,000 square feet, features 60 classrooms and 38 labs, and was built in 2004. The Orlando campus has 23 classroom and 16 labs and totals 154,781 square feet. The Rancho Cucamonga location spans 187,000 square feet, with 50 classrooms and eight labs.
The BMW STEP Program
Students completing the STEP program may be able to achieve Level III BMW technician status and receive eight factory credentials. It is a 16-week Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training (MSAT) program that gives students comprehensive training on BMW vehicles. Modules in this program include:
New Engine Technology-Expanded: Students explore the engine fundamentals of BMW's new generation engines, such as the N20, N55, N63 and turbo-charging engines.
Engine Electronics: Direct-high pressure fuel injection, turbo charging and Valvetronic engines are the focus of this class, with students learning how to diagnose and repair a variety of engine types.
BMW Technical Systems: The BMW technical information system (TIS) is explored in this class, including how it is utilized in the modern dealer or service center.
BMW Body Electronics I: Skills in using BMW-approved procedures for systems ranging from vehicle battery to service charging are taught in this class.
BMW Body Electronics II: Students learn about car access and power management systems as well as other electronic systems.
BMW Undercar Technology and Chassis Dynamics: Brake service procedures, advanced wheel balancing equipment and alignment comprise some of the instruction in this class.
Similar to the BMW fast track program, the BMW STEP Program is only available at a select number of schools, including UTI's Avondale, Orlando and Rancho Cucamonga campuses.
Graduates with BMW Specific Training
Once students complete either their FastTrack or STEP program, their transcripts are put into a national technician database maintained by BMW to assure their training history is tracked and available to BMW dealerships. As of late 2014, more than 3,165 students have completed the BMW FastTrack or BMW STEP program through UTI. Campus tours are available at both UTI sites for those interested in these programs.
BMW STEP Mechanic Schools
|Ohio Technical College||1374 East 51st Street||Cleveland||OH 44103-1269|
|Lincoln Technical Institute||9325 Snowden River Parkway||Columbia||MD 21046|
|Sequoia Institute||420 Whitney Place||Fremont||CA 94539|
|Universal Technical Institute||500 Century Plaza, Suite 110||Houston||TX 77073|
|BMW Training Center - Western Region||1175 Dupont||Ontario||CA 91761|
|Universal Technical Institute||77022 TPC Drive||Orlando||FL 32822|
|Universal Technical Institute||3823 N. 34th Avenue||Phoenix||AZ 85017-4403|
|Universal Technical Institute Universal Technical Institute||721 Lockhaven Drive||Houston||TX 77073-5598|
Post Secondary Automotive Mechanic Schools
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC (ADP Facility)|
|Lincoln Tech||Allentown, PA|
|Lincoln Tech||Columbia, MD (STEP Facility & Dealer Training)|
|Lincoln Tech||Grand Prairie, TX|
|Lincoln Tech||Indianapolis, IN|
|Lincoln Tech||Mahwah, NJ|
|Lincoln Tech||Melrose Park, IL|
|Lincoln Tech||Philadelphia, PA|
|Lincoln Tech||Union, NJ|
|MassBay Community College||Wellesley, MA|
|MassBay Community College||Framingham, MA|
|MassBay Community College||Ashland, MA (Dealer Training & BMW 2yr Degree Program)|
|McFatter Technical Center||Davie, FL (Dealer Training)|
|Ohio Technical College||Cleveland, OH (STEP Facility & Dealer Training)|
|Universal Technical Institute (BMW Mechanic School)||Upper Saddle River, NJ (STEP Facility)|
|Universal Technical Institute (BMW Mechanic School)||Phoenix, AZ (STEP Facility)|
|Universal Technical Institute (BMW Mechanic School)||Glendale Heights, IL|
|Universal Technical Institute (BMW Mechanic School)||Houston, TX(STEP Facility & Dealer Training)|
|Universal Technical Institute (BMW Mechanic School)||Orlando, FL (STEP Facility & FastTrack)|
|Universal Technical Institute (BMW Mechanic School)||Rancho Cucamonga, CA (STEP Facility)|
|Universal Technical Institute (BMW Mechanic School)||Mooresville, NC|
|Arizona Automotive Institute||Glendale, AZ|
|Atlanta Technical College||Atlanta, GA|
|Automotive Training Center||Philadelphia, PA|
|Columbia-Greene Community College||Hudson, NY|
|Denver Automotive & Diesel College||Denver, CO|
|Nashville Auto-Diesel College||Nashville, TN|
|New England Institute of Technology||Warwick, RI|
|New England Institute of Technology||West Palm Beach, FL|
|North Metro Technical College||Atlanta, GA|
|University of Northwestern Ohio||Lima, OH|
|Pennco Tech||Bristol, PA|
|Pennco Tech||Blackwood, NJ|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, PA|
|Suffolk County Community College||Selden, NY|
|Westwood College of Technology||Denver, CO|
These schools actively support STEP by referring students to the BMW STEP program and by providing quality education student services.
Disclaimer: This site is not associated in any way with the BMW STEP program and is not maintained by BMW of North America, LLC.
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