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Ever thought about becoming an automotive technician? If you have a passion for cars, possess an eye for detail and are a hands-on learner, this could be the career path for you. The automotive
industry is continuing to evolve at a rapid rate due to changes in technology, creating exciting opportunities for today’s technicians.
If you’re considering a career as an automotive technician, you probably have some questions. Here are answers to five commonly asked questions about the industry:
Automotive technicians (commonly referred to as automotive mechanics), diagnose, maintain and repair, and inspect cars, trucks and other vehicles. They understand the inner workings of the complicated electronics systems used to diagnose problems in vehicles
of all makes and sizes.
In today’s vehicles, just about everything is controlled by a computer. Automotive technicians are able to utilize modern technology to diagnose problems, recommend solutions and execute repairs. They have strong communication skills and keep their
customers informed throughout the repair process.
Some technicians choose to specialize in areas such as brakes, transmissions and diagnostics. They may also work on vehicles from specific brands by completing manufacturer-specific training.
Regardless of their specialty, you can count on automotive technicians to get your car back on the road when it’s in need of repair.
The length of time it takes to become an automotive technician depends on the type of training you seek. At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you can train to
become an automotive technician in 51 weeks—less than a year.7 UTI’s foundational courses can build your base knowledge from the ground up, teaching you how to diagnose, maintain, and repair
domestic and foreign vehicles.
After completing your core program at UTI, you can move on to one or more of Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training programs created in conjunction with leading brands.11 If you’ve always wanted to work for a brand like BMW,15 Ford,
Mercedes-Benz15 or Volvo,15 this is a great way to gain specialized training on their vehicles.
Trained automotive technicians have a variety of career options they can pursue. Some of the many include:
According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), there are more than 40 ASE certification tests, which cover almost every aspect of the automotive
repair and service industry. These certifications exist to protect automotive service consumers, shop owners and technicians. ASE certifies automotive technicians so they can offer tangible proof of their technical knowledge.
At Universal Technical Institute, we understand the importance of certification for technicians. Our Automotive Technology program is Master Certified by the ASE Education Foundation, a division of
the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
Graduates of UTI’s Automotive Technician Training program are well prepared to complete ASE examinations and can substitute their training for one of the two years of work experience required to become ASE Certified.
The cost of completing your automotive training at UTI depends on a variety of factors. Some students are able to use grants and scholarships10 to pay for school while others take out loans. Later, some graduates are hired by employers that offer tuition reimbursement and other incentives to help pay for their schooling.14
Every student's financial situation is unique. The UTI Financial Aid office can help you explore the options available to you, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and more.
Want to learn more about training for a career as an automotive technician at Universal Technical Institute? Check out our Automotive Technology program page and request more information today.
If you're interested in learning how you can register for the Automotive Technology program Just click the link below or call (800) 834-7308 to speak with one of our friendly Admissions Representatives.
7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
10) Scholarships are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
11) See program details for eligibility requirements and conditions that may apply.
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. For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
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.
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