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Terry Borkman has seen the technology in cars go from simple combustion engines to elaborate computer systems on wheels.
From electronic fuel injection in the 1950s to adaptive cruise control and the autonomous vehicles of today, cars are becoming more technologically advanced. And the advancements are only coming faster.
But here’s the thing. It doesn’t matter how advanced the technology becomes. Borkman, who’s an instructor at Universal Technical Institute in Avondale, Arizona, knows that one thing is true.
“They aren’t going to fix themselves."
He also knows that the training required to become automotive tech or mechanic in today’s marketplace is becoming more advanced.
“Anyone can throw on brakes if they are squeaking,” Borkman says. “But what if the ABS light is on or the check engine light is on? That takes someone who really knows what they’re doing.”
When it comes to computing technology, today’s vehicles are more advanced than the first Apollo. Don’t take our word for it. That information is coming directly from Physics.org.
Since 1996, the government has required cars to be manufactured with an Onboard Diagnostic System (OBD). The universal diagnostic port provides a code that makes it easier for the DIYer to determine the problem. But fixing the issues? That’s more
technical than ever.
The days of the shade-tree mechanic effectively repairing modern vehicles are long gone. If you want to become an auto mechanic, you need to be able to fix the complex electrical systems that help power today’s cars and
According to The Globe and Mail, the automotive industry has seen the most change of any industry in a generation.
It cites the Computer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas as just as important as Detroit’s North American International Auto Show when it comes to the technology in modern vehicles.
An entire generation of mechanics are retiring, and there simply aren’t enough qualified automotive technicians to take their place, let alone to cover the growing demand. That means there’s a giant hole to fill.1
So, here’s the question: do you need to attend a trade school like Universal Technical Institute in order to become a professional automotive technician or mechanic?
Look, we’d be disingenuous if we didn’t tell you that there’s more than one path to becoming a pro. But we’d also be lying if we didn’t mention that there are definite benefits when it comes to attending a trade school.
Universal Technical Institute’s classes are designed to prepare you for a career as an automotive technician or mechanic. And the curriculum is designed with some of the leading automobile manufacturers in the world. Why? Because they want to help
graduates get prepared for careers that are in demand, and they want to help ensure that graduates from Universal Technical Institute know how to effectively repair the cars and trucks that are rolling off of their assembly lines.6
There’s a stigma that people who attend technical and trade schools are dropouts who didn’t have many other options when it came to a career. But that’s a dying myth. Our classes tackle the complete vehicle systems, bumper to bumper,
including complex electrical systems, and it takes intellect and serious problem-solving skills to effectively tackle that work.
Another advantage when it comes to attending trade school is the opportunity to take manufacturer-specific advanced training with a leading brand like BMW,
Ford Motor Company, and Porsche. Those MSAT programs allow students to learn niche brand information for more specialized career placement post-graduation.
Other benefits of attending a trade school like UTI include:
You can certainly become a mechanic without going to trade school, but it may end up taking you longer to get where you want to go.6 Then again, attending Universal Technical Institute isn’t a promise
that you’ll get a head start. The truth is that we can’t guarantee that you’ll get a job1
Take advantage of the opportunities set before you are up to you. That means if you commit to attending Universal Technical Institute, you need show up every day and you need to show up on time. Don’t believe us? Ask the people who hire our students. One of the first things they ask our graduates is for their attendance records.
In fact, some of those hiring managers believe that attendance is nearly as important as your grades.
When you’re in class, pay attention. Take notes. Ask questions. Build relationships with your instructors and your fellow classmates. Do what it takes to be the best you can be as a student, and those qualities will likely help you find success
as a professional.
The tech in cars may have changed, but some things never will. “Integrity is huge,” Borkman says, referring the integrity he expects to see from his students. He believes that same integrity will help set them apart once they enter the workplace,
no matter what they decide to do.
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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.