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Automotive Technology Program State-of-the-Industry Automotive Technician Training

We've made a name for ourselves in the transportation industry, and our automotive technician program is a big part of that. Discover how UTI's hands-on training and instruction from industry pros will give you the skills you need to power up your career.

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AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Learn by doing as you take on the maintenance and repair of both foreign and domestic autos. You'll work on everything from simple engine systems to power and performance machines as you move through your training. With UTI, you'll earn credit toward professional certifications, gain industry-related experience and prepare yourself for a in-demand career that fits your passion.

51 weeks From start to finish
4 out of 5 Number of grads who get jobs in their field of study 3
690 hours Average number of hours in the lab
20 hours Number of technical training hours UTI instructors are required to complete each year

BASIC AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS

MASTERING INDUSTRY TECHNICAL SKILLS UNDER THE HOOD

In less than a year, you could be a trained automotive technician.5 It all starts with completing a core program. These foundational courses build your base knowledge from the ground up, teaching you how to diagnose, maintain and repair domestic and foreign vehicles like a true automotive professional. From here, you can move on to Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training courses.

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VEHICLE ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY

In our electronic technology classes, you'll learn the basics of how electricity functions within a vehicle. Use tools like multimeters, oscilloscopes and handheld scanners to read and diagnose the various electrical components in a vehicle.

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SUSPENSION SYSTEMS

You'll work with front and rear wheel alignments to understand how the suspension parts all need to work together to allow a vehicle to travel straight on the road and the tires to wear normally. Struts, ball joints, tie rod ends, rack and pinion, and steering gear boxes are just a few of the components that will be covered.

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DIAGNOSTICS & DRIVABILITY

Vehicle diagnostic knowledge is a must for any entry-level technician. Use computer-aided systems and scan tools to perform data retrieval and diagnose drivability issues. In the lab, you'll use real-world scenarios to learn the correct procedures for realizing on-board diagnostic problems in today's vehicles.

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POWER & PERFORMANCE

This is where you'll put all of your training to the test! Install performance parts and make tuning adjustments on a high-performance engine to understand how the right combination of parts and tuning helps to maximize engine performance and drivability. Major equipment you'll use include chassis dynamometers, T-bucket style roadsters and computers.

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ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

Learn how the engine, powertrain and electrical systems of a hybrid differ from electrical systems and transmissions found in a regular gas-powered vehicle.

AUTOMOTIVE COURSE LIST



* Power & Performance course not available at the Mooresville, NC
NASCAR Technical Institute campus.

WORK WITH LEADING AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURERS

Continue your training at UTI, where you'll have access to learn from leading manufacturers in the industry. Courses designed with these industry leaders mimic the real-world workflows of each brand. On average, UTI graduates who complete Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training find a job faster and receive better starting pay.18

Once you've completed your core program, you can move on to train with the brand of your choice.


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PREPARE FOR ASE CERTIFICATION

UTI’s Automotive Technology program is Master Certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), 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 year of the two years of work experience required to become ASE Certified.

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OUR CAMPUS LOCATIONS

UTI's Automotive Technology program is offered at 12 of our campus locations across the country. So, whether you live a few miles away or in a different state, we have a school for you.

INVEST IN YOUR FUTURE

The automotive industry needs highly trained professionals who understand the technology that drives vehicles. An education at UTI prepares you with the knowledge you need to get your start.

180,000+ vehicles Number on the road in need of trained technicians
1.2 million+ Number of technician job openings by 2026 12
4 out of 5 Number of grads who get jobs in the automotive industry 3
$1,000 tool credit Provided to grads by Snap-on in cooperation with UTI 19

"I knew I wanted to focus on automotive work and I loved the challenge of my engine building and diagnostics classes at UTI. Hands-on work is a big part of UTI’s program and that was important to me. It reinforced the classwork and gave me the background I needed."

Vinny Verissimo | UTI Norwood Graduate & Nissan Master Technician

WHEN DO CLASSES START?

We offer a year-round program. Classes begin at regular intervals so you can start when it's convenient for you. Our Financial Aid Advisors work with you to help apply for financial aid and submit required paperwork.10 Our Admissions Team can set up campus tours and can even help connect you with CHS (Collegiate Housing Services) to find housing.

12 locations Number of campuses that offer Automotive Technology training
3 to 6 weeks Frequency of class start dates

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TRAIN FOR TOMORROW.

The skills and experience gained at Universal Technical Institute prepare you for the careers of tomorrow, not react to the jobs of yesterday. Be proactive for your future and learn more today.