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Peterbilt Technician Institute Comes to Rancho Cucamonga, CA

UTI Profile Image Universal Technical Institute Jun 10, 2019 ·

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: IllinoisPennsylvania 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. 

The Demand for Diesel Technicians

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. 

What is UTI’s Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) Program? 

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:

  • Introduction to Peterbilt 
  • Electrical Systems and Testing
  • PACCAR MX Certification and MX-13 Powertrain Diagnostics
  • Career Preparation, HVAC, Chassis and Brakes

PTI Comes to Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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 them.

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!

Benefits of the PTI Program

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. 

  • Job opportunities: With over 350 Peterbilt dealerships across North America, you can find opportunities practically anywhere. 
  • Brand recognition: Established in 1930, Peterbilt is one of America’s reputable, well-known heavy-duty truck manufacturers.
  • Manufacturer-paid: Peterbilt pays for the 12-week training program for qualified grads who go to work at a participating Peterbilt dealership.
  • Hands-on training: In this program, you’ll have the opportunity to train using the same tools and technology used in the field today.

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.”

Who Can Apply?

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.

The UTI Advantage

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  Peterbilt.

Interested in training at UTI? Contact us to learn more information today.

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