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There are plenty of reasons why the automotive industry is a great fit for many military service members. The military utilizes some of the world's most complex and advanced vehicles and technology. Service members must rely on teamwork to achieve
objectives. And adeptly working with one's hands is one of the most essential duties of most military service members.
There is also an automotive technician shortage, making technician positions in high demand around the country. To meet this growing demand and give military service members transitioning out of service the opportunity to enter a promising career
that utilizes their skills, BMW of North America and Universal Technical Institute (UTI) have teamed up to open a technician training facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California.
The 16-week BMW MSTEP (Military Service Technician Education Program) is the first training program of its kind offered by a premium automotive manufacturer for military service members directly on a
U.S. military base. The program is open to all men and women transitioning out of the military, no matter what branch the transitioning military service member is in.
Participants can complete the program while still on active duty, as long as their commanders approve they can travel to Camp Pendleton, get the training and move into a job as soon as they are officially out of the military.
“As a former Marine, I understand and appreciate the sacrifices our veterans make in support of this great nation,” says John Decoteau III, vice president of campus and military admissions at UTI. “What better way to give back than
providing our veterans an edge when they rejoin the civilian workforce and providing the opportunity to take care of their families in respectable ways?
The BMW MSTEP program is limited to nine students per group, which provides them with plenty of individualized attention and training. The first students for the BMW MSTEP program entered class in February 2018, and new cohorts have since followed.
Students learn BMW-specific, hands-on technical training in a workshop setting.
Like the BMW STEP program offered at UTI’s Avondale, Arizona, and Orlando, Florida, campuses, the BMW MSTEP program is a manufacturer-paid program. Upon completion of the BMW MSTEP
program, graduates are awarded BMW Member Level technician status.
During the BMW MSTEP program, students learn skills including:
Brake system fundamentals
Candidates who are considered for the program must be within six months of their separation dates from the military. One of the program expectations is that upon graduation, the transitioning military member will begin work at one of the more than 450
BMW dealerships nationwide within 90 days of graduation or separation from the military.*
Other requirements for the BMW MSTEP program include:
The military service member must provide a commander support letter dedicating the military member to training 5 days a week for 16 consecutive weeks.
After applying for the program, candidates in the screening and interview process must identify where they will be willing to work following graduation. Halfway through the training, UTI and BMW staff will start working with each student to identify
the location where they prefer to work.
Decoteau says when UTI was in the preliminary stages of putting together a Department of Defense career skills program, BMW immediately stepped forward, seeing the value veterans already bring to their organization at their dealerships around the
“Technicians are in high demand, as we are facing one of the largest technician shortages in decades,” Decoteau says. “I have seen firsthand there is a high demand for veteran technicians due to the leadership, and transferrable
and intangible skills they bring to the table."
Qualities like the desire to be a team player, a positive professional attitude and excellent interpersonal skills are just a few of the characteristics that help veterans make a positive contribution to the automotive industry. With a leading manufacturer
like BMW leading the way to provide transitioning military members a valuable professional opportunity with a UTI education, military members in the program have plenty to look forward to after transitioning.
“The BMW MSTEP career skills program delivered by Universal Technical Institute at Camp Pendleton is absolute top-shelf training, teaching veterans valuable skills that provide a fast track to a rewarding career with a great company in BMW,”
Decoteau says. “It was a win-win partnering with BMW to take care of America's finest.”
UTI has partnered with BMW of North America to support an initiative to help relieve the labor shortage.
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BMW STEP Instructor Michael Heyman recently received the BMW Group Trainer Certification and achieved a final grade of distinction.
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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, and to review the applicable Gainful Employment disclosure, 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. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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.
12) Based on data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections (2016-2026), www.bls.gov, viewed October 24, 2017. The projected number of annual job openings, by job classification is: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 75,900; Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, 28,300; Automotive Body and Related Repairers, 17,200. Job openings include openings due to growth and net replacements.
15) Manufacturer-paid advanced training programs are conducted by UTI’s Custom Training Group on behalf of manufacturers who determine acceptance criteria and conditions. These programs are not part of UTI’s accreditation.
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