The Universal Technical Institute (UTI) prides itself in providing tomorrow's auto mechanics with a comprehensive technician education that will prepare them for an exciting career future in a dynamic industry. Students interested in an automotive technology education may wish to learn more about UTI, which offers a variety of near year-long programs as well as specialized manufacturer training. With locations across the nation, UTI provides campus-based technical career training, including automotive, diesel and collision repair education. Classroom instruction, hands-on lab work and real-world skills are common to each program and enable students to learn about the computer, diagnostic and technical skills that are now so integral to vehicle repair and maintenance.
By teaming up with more than 30 different manufacturer brands, such as Snap-on, UTI strives to provide students with the kinds of tools and diagnostic equipment that are used in real-world settings. UTI's instructors also have practical experience, and are either certified of credentialed in their technical fields. UTI has been offering educational programs for more than 45 years and graduated approximately 160,000 technicians.
Once students have completed their education, they should be prepared to seek National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. They may also be able to substitute some of their school training to meet the work experience requirements necessary for this certification. They may additionally be able to seek supplemental credentialing or certification from other organizations to show further proof of their skills.
Automotive Technology Training Programs
Six main programs of study are available through UTI, most of which can be completed in about a year. These programs include:
Automotive: This 51-week program explores how to diagnose, maintain and fix vehicles, including both domestic and foreign types. Students learn to use diagnostic equipment, such as handheld analyzers, to find and pinpoint problems. The program is composed of nine courses, including Brakes; Climate Control; and Power & Performance.
Collision Repair: Students in this 51-week program can learn about custom paint fundamentals, the drive train and related systems, and structural damage analysis. Seven courses comprise this program, including Finish Applications; Power Systems & Controls; and Structural Alignment and Replacement.
Diesel: In this 45-week program, students learn how to work on diesel-operated vehicles, ranging from semi trailers to farm equipment and oil rigs, and made by manufacturers such as Caterpillar and Cummins. The nine classes in the program include Diesel Fuel Systems; Hydraulic Applications; and Transport Refrigeration.
Marine: In this 51-week program, students work on both inboard gas and diesel engines as well as outboard 2-stroke and 4-stroke motors, made by manufacturers that include Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and others. This 13-course program includes classes such as Fuel & Lubrication Systems; Lower Units/Outdrives; and Rigging.
Motorcycle: Students in this 48- to 102-week program explore engine troubleshooting and diagnosis, performance testing and motorcycle theory. When the core training on dirt bikes, sport bikes and street bikes is complete, students can expand their work skills to include ATVs, generators, and snowmobiles. Twelve courses comprise this program, including Motorcycle Theory 1 & 2; Driveability/Performance Testing; and Suspension & Chassis Systems.
NASCAR: In this NASCAR-endorsed program, students learn to work on a variety of vehicles. A 15-week program provides students with courses specific to NASCAR training, ranging from fabrication and welding to pit crew fundamentals. The seven courses in this program include NASCAR Chassis Applications; NASCAR Pit Crew; and NASCAR Finish Fabrication.
Additionally, more than 35 manufacturer training programs are available through the UTI School of Auto Mechanics in the areas of automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine. Although not comprehensive by any means, some of the offered training programs include:
- BMW Motorrad
- Cummins- Power Tech
- GM Tech
- Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT)
- Nissan Advanced Technician Training (NATT)
- Toyota Professional Automotive Training
Student Services at UTI
Students can find a variety of services offered through UTI. These include disability services, employment services, financial aid, a Student Excellence Program that offers a discount on Snap-on tools, and a $1,000 gift of Snap-on tools upon graduation to qualified students. Scholarships may also be available to qualified UTI students who apply. According to the UTI website, the school itself provided more than $13 million in scholarship funding in 2012.
Students interested in a specific UTI campus can take a virtual campus online, through the main school website. This can allow them to find out more about the location of the school, programs offered there, and even "meet" instructors or hear testimonial of graduates.
There are 10 campus locations across the U.S., but select automotive programs are only offered at some campuses, so students may want to call or visit the school's website to find out more information. The campus locations include:
- Exton, Penn.
- Dallas/Forth Worth
- Lisle, Ill.
- Mooresville, N.C.
- Norwood, Mass.
- Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Students wanting to enroll at UTI do need to have a high-school diploma or GED to be eligible to apply.
UTI also partners with the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing to create the first ever NASCAR school, the NASCAR Technical Institute. See also UTI's Audi technician program, Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program.
- Automotive Training Program, UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014, http://www.uti.edu/programs/automotive
- Collision Repair Training Program, UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014, http://www.uti.edu/programs/collision
- Diesel Training Program, UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014,http://www.uti.edu/programs/diesel
- Industry Partners, UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014, http://www.uti.edu/partners
- Marine Training Program, UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014, http://www.uti.edu/programs/marine
- Motorcycle Training Program, UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014,http://www.uti.edu/programs/motorcycle
- NASCAR Training Program, UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014, http://www.uti.edu/programs/nascar
- Programs of Study, UTI, Access November 24, 2014, http://www.uti.edu/programs
- Student Services, UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014, http://www.uti.edu/student-services
- UTI/MMI Campuses, UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014, http://www.uti.edu/campus-locations
- Why Choose UTI? UTI, Accessed November 24, 2014, http://www.uti.edu/why-choose-uti