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You have a knack for fixing things, and you’re always up for a new challenge. The sound of a well-tuned engine and the sight of a wide-open road give you that rush of adrenaline you live for. If pursuing a career in the transportation industry has always been a dream of yours, now is the time to start your training.
Technicians in the skilled trades are in high demand, and advancements in technology have opened the door to exciting new opportunities. The industry needs people like you. Instead of saying “one day,” you can make today day one of your journey toward pursuing your passion.
At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you can create the future you’ve always dreamed of. If you like to solve problems using your head and hands, and want to train for a career without spending years in school, our accelerated programs can help you get there.1
In today’s world, it has become increasingly common for adults to make the decision to go back to school. At UTI, we’ve had students who are years into their professional careers decide it’s time to take a different path and invest in their future by attending an adult trade school.
Whether you’re looking to qualify for a promotion, increase your income potential or set out on a completely new career path, you can find a place at UTI. Our team understands the unique challenges adults face going back to school, and we’re here to provide specialized support every step of the way.
Our students come from all walks of life. For some, attending UTI is the first postsecondary school they’ll attend. For others, going to UTI is a continuation of previous schooling they may have completed. Whatever your motivation may be, know that when making the decision to enroll at UTI, you’re in good company. Throughout your journey, you’ll meet other adult students who have made the decision to head back to school just like you.
There are a variety of benefits that come with learning a new trade as an adult. Jobs are growing in the skilled trades, which means technicians trained on the latest tools and technology will be needed
to fill open positions. Making the decision to train at a technical school for adults like UTI can broaden your career horizon and open the door to exciting new opportunities.
UTI graduates are reaching new heights in the industry, working with leading brands and even creating companies of their own. The knowledge and skills you gain at UTI provide a strong foundation you can build upon as you pursue a career you love.
At UTI, we understand that factoring the cost of your education into your other financial responsibilities can be daunting. While acquiring the cost of tuition is a major decision, there may be ways to make your education more affordable.
At UTI, a variety of options may be available to you in order to reduce the cost of your training. These include financial aid, scholarships and grants.10 Additionally, graduates may benefit from the Tuition Reimbursement Incentive Program (TRIP),14 which may include student loan repayment assistance, tool purchase assistance and sign-on bonuses.
If you feel discouraged or lost when it comes to finances, we’re here to help. Our Financial Aid team is knowledgeable of the unique challenges faced by students going back to school and can walk you through every step of the process, from calculating tuition costs to helping secure financial aid.
UTI has 13 campus locations across the country provide students with the hands-on training they need to help them succeed as technicians in a growing industry.
UTI students can benefit from our employer, manufacturer and aftermarket relationships. These connections give students access to industry tools and technologies, as well as opportunities to get the attention of companies participating in our Early Employment Program (EEP).36
As an adult learner, you may be wondering if you will be able to work while completing your training at UTI. The answer is yes! Many of our students have families to support and have to find ways to fit schoolwork into their busy schedules. UTI has local employment specialists at each campus to assist you with searching for a part-time job that can help cover your living expenses without getting in the way of your studies.
UTI also can assist you as you look for employment after graduation. Our team of specialists works with national dealerships, distributors and other employers of all sizes across the country to identify potential jobs for new graduates.
Additionally, our Employment Services team will be there to continue supporting you long after graduation. Whether you’re relocating and need work or are simply looking for that next position, we’re here to support you as you grow and advance
in your career.
Graduating from a school with a quality, long-standing reputation is important. Your school’s reputation speaks to the value of the education received, which can impact the opportunities that come your way as you enter the workforce.
UTI’s reputation is built on the quality of our training and instructors, our industry relationships, and the success our grads report experiencing in their careers.
Students travel from near and far to complete their technical training at UTI. If pursuing your passion is going to require you to relocate, our team is here to help.
We want you to feel supported and cared for during your time at UTI. To learn more about your housing options and the area you will be moving to, choose your preferred campus below.
At UTI, we place a great emphasis on the quality of our curriculum and instructors. Created in conjunction with leading brands, our curriculum teaches students in-demand skills today’s employers need when hiring. This is a reason why companies trust UTI to train the technicians they employ.
Our instructors are more than just teachers. They’re mentors. With years of experience in the field, UTI instructors integrate real-world application into the courses they teach. As some of our instructors were once UTI students themselves, they have a passion for empowering the next generation and are eager to share their knowledge and experience with students. Their No. 1 job is to empower you to reach success — whether it’s spending time outside of class to help you master a concept or giving pointers for an upcoming job interview.
Whether you excelled in school or dreaded sitting in a classroom, you can succeed at UTI. If you’re nervous about getting back in the school routine or feeling out of place on campus, rest assured — we’re here to support you!
UTI isn’t your typical school. Our programs were designed for hands-on learners looking for an accelerated path to prepare for a career. Our training programs begin every 3 to 6 weeks, and you could be ready to enter the professional workforce in just under a year.7
Our curriculum focuses on what the industry says matters most. At UTI, you’ll learn skills directly related to the job, learning everything from the ground up. You won’t be sitting in a lecture all day. Instead, learning at UTI takes place in dynamic classroom and lab environments where you’ll have the opportunity to work with the same tools and technologies used in the field today. There’s never a dull moment on campus!
UTI offers a variety of different vocational programs for adults. Whether you’re interested in automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine, welding, collision repair or CNC machining, our programs can provide you with the training and hands-on experience today’s employers want.
In addition to our core training programs, UTI offers Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training programs that were created in conjunction with leading manufacturers.15 Continuing on to a specialized training program after completing your core program can help give you a competitive edge.
Making a career change can be intimidating — no matter your age. However, it’s never too late to make the transition and pursue a new opportunity you truly enjoy.
One of the keys to making a successful career change is to invest in yourself through education and training. Learning in-demand, relevant skills from a reputable school like UTI can show employers that you’re serious about your new career path. Plus, being able to freshen up your resume with new skills can be of great benefit as you set out on your job search.
In addition to brushing up on your skills, it’s important to always be professional. We place a great emphasis on professionalism at UTI, and we strive to hold students to the same standards an employer would. This includes being on time, dressing appropriately for the job and having a good work ethic.
Lastly, it’s important to leverage your network. At UTI, many of our students meet their future employer at job fairs and campus events. When you take the time to network with those in the industry, you never know what opportunities may come your way.
Applying to UTI can be a simple, stress-free process with no application fee!
Our new online application will walk you through the process step-by-step. If you have questions you would like answered prior to applying, simply request information to get in touch with an Admissions Representative.
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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
6) UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages.
7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
10) Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
13) Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information, Highway Statistics 2019, number of state motor vehicle registrations, https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics/2019/mv1.cfm
14) Incentive programs and employee eligibility are at the discretion of the employer and available at select locations. Special conditions may apply. Talk to potential employers to learn more about the programs available in your area. UTI is an educational
institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
15) Manufacturer-paid advanced training programs are conducted by UTI on behalf of manufacturers who determine acceptance criteria and conditions. These programs are not part of UTI’s accreditation.
36) Students enrolled in the Automotive, Diesel or Collision Repair programs are eligible to apply for the Early Employment Program. Participating employers will contact selected students to conduct interviews. Hiring, employee retention and compensation
decisions are made solely by the prospective employer. Employer participation and program details are subject to change.
38) The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that total national employment in each of the following occupations by 2030 will be: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 705,900; Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, 452,400; Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, 296,800; Automotive Body and Related Repairers, 161,800; and Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators, 154,500. See Table 1.2 Employment by detailed occupation, 2020 and projected 2030, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed November 18, 2021. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. Updated on November 18, 2021.
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