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To succeed as a diesel mechanic in today’s world, you need more than just an understanding of engines. There is a growing need for technicians who understand the specifics of manufacturer technology, which is why we offer diesel specialized training programs at Universal Technical Institute.1
UTI’s manufacturer-specific programs such as the Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) program2 give students a competitive
edge by offering courses created in conjunction with leading manufacturers. UTI’s industry relationships ensure that you’re receiving the advanced skills training and certifications that employers look for when hiring.
The PTI program is currently available at 3 UTI campuses: Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas. However, Peterbilt is now coming to a fourth UTI campus! Keep reading to learn more about the PTI program and its launch at the Rancho Cucamonga, CA campus.
Diesel powers some of America’s important industries and keeps the economy growing. Without skilled technicians, diesel engines stop working and the world stops moving. Whether it’s trucking, construction, agriculture or public transport,
diesel technicians are needed in a variety of industries across the country.
When it comes to Peterbilt specifically, the brand is seeing constant technician demand in private fleets. It is also currently expanding its dealer network, which has led to a need for more technicians. As Peterbilt continues to grow and expand, it looks
to UTI to provide up-and-coming technicians with the training and experience required to fill this diesel technician shortage.
Students in the Peterbilt Technician Institute program receive advanced training on the company’s products and technologies, including
Peterbilt’s legendary trucks and the PACCAR MX-13 engine. Throughout the 12-week program, you’ll develop the manufacturer-specific skills valued by Peterbilt’s 350+ dealerships across North America.
As a result of your training, you will earn 12 valuable Peterbilt certifications that can prepare you to diagnose, repair and maintain Peterbilt vehicles and products. As a graduate, you can become part of the next generation of Peterbilt technicians
as you advance your career with a premium American truck brand.
In the program, you’ll explore a variety of topics, including PACCAR orientation, information services and equipment (Web E-CAT online, Service Rapido, DAVIE, Service Bulletins, SupportNet MX Online Training), model identification,
vehicle operations and maintenance services. Course objectives include:
UTI’s Rancho Cucamonga, CA campus will be the fourth campus to offer Peterbilt training,
with the first classes scheduled to start there in August 2019. As the diesel industry continues to grow and change due to advancements in technology, manufacturers like Peterbilt are in need of skilled technicians who can grow right alongside
Having a diesel mechanic school in California provides an ideal location on the West Coast where employers can travel and recruit graduates. According to Kim Fanning, a National Program
Manager for UTI, “The demand is there, so having a program closer to those dealers will be an asset for them.”
Additionally, having a location on the West Coast opens doors to students in the surrounding area. Students who might not have been able to attend the PTI program previously due to location now have a new option!
In the PTI program, you’ll gain a wide variety of skills that will benefit you as you pursue a career in the diesel industry. From truck fundamentals and HVAC to chassis and brakes, your courses will provide you with the knowledge and hands-on experience
you need to become a Peterbilt technician.
In addition to these benefits, you’ll also have the opportunity to learn from experienced, caring instructors who are committed to your success. Your instructors also have gone through the same training a Peterbilt trainer does. According to Kim, “UTI instructors are training our students to be Peterbilt technicians, which will make them an asset from the first day they come into the dealer.”
The PTI program is highly selective and looks for hardworking, dedicated students who have a passion for this industry. Applicants must complete a qualifying prerequisite core diesel program,
maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher at a post-secondary diesel program, achieve near perfect attendance, and have a clean driving record.
If you’re thinking about pursuing a career in the diesel industry, UTI offers the training to get you there. Some of the leading names in diesel look to UTI graduates to keep their engines running, which means you can feel confident that you’ll
learn the skills top manufacturers want from their technicians when hiring.
UTI’s core diesel program is the perfect stepping stone to specialized training. Your core training will include foundational courses to build your base knowledge
from the ground up, teaching you how to diagnose, repair, replace and more. Upon graduating from your core program, you’ll be ready to start your advanced training and prepare for a career with a leading manufacturer like
Interested in training at UTI? Contact us to learn more information today.
Rogelio Ruiz is a 21-year-old diesel technician working at New Mexico oil fields and farms. He's a UTI Avondale graduate and he loves his job. This is his story.
Junior Alvarez graduated from UTI Avondale's Diesel Technology Program. He works as a Caterpillar field service tech by day. And he's an entrepreneur by night.
After 35+ years of being in the Diesel Industry, Greg Osbourne is now an instructor at the UTI Bloomfield campus and is excited to share his experiences and show his knowledge in the Diesel Technician program.
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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.