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7 Reasons We’re Thankful for UTI Instructors

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Here at Universal Technical Institute (UTI), our instructors make everything we do possible. They work tirelessly day in and day out to ensure students have the best experience while they’re in school, especially this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only that, they’re committed to setting students up for long-term success in their careers — after graduation and beyond.1

UTI instructors are instrumental to the success our graduates experience in the field. The time they invest in their students doesn’t go unnoticed! In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, we’ve put together a list of some of the many reasons we’re thankful for our instructors:

1. They Pass Their Knowledge to the Next Generation


As America’s workforce ages and technology continues to advance, our world looks to the next generation of skilled trade professionals to rise and take their place. Our instructors play a major role in filling this shortage by equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to keep our vital industries running.

For Welding program instructor Miguel Carrillo, being able to pass his knowledge to welders in training is the “why” behind what he does.

“What I love about working at UTI is I’m able to help the students,” he says. “I can actually see how their faces light up when I help them, and they’re very content with themselves and the weld they’ve done.”

2. They Incorporate a Real-World Perspective in Their Teaching


UTI instructors have years of experience working in the field, which allows them to bring a unique perspective to the classroom. Rather than simply teaching concepts from a book, they’re able to draw on real-life experiences to give students valuable insight into what it takes to succeed in the industry.

Automotive program instructor Kevin Carrier is a great example of this. Before coming to UTI, Kevin spent more than 30 years working as a technician. Students love hearing about his experiences in the field, and they’re always asking questions.

“I enjoy teaching, I’ve always enjoyed helping people succeed in what they’re doing,” Kevin shares. “If I wasn’t an instructor now, I would probably still be out there working at the dealership fixing cars.”

3. They’re Always Available to Help


UTI instructors go above and beyond to help their students. The support they provide isn’t just limited to class time — they often stay long hours at the campus to ensure they’re always available.

Graduate Alyssa Culver experienced this firsthand. “My experience in the program overall was amazing,” she says. “All of the instructors were very willing to help, and they always would put down everything they were doing just to help you do what you needed at the time.”

4. They Take the Time to Break Down Complex Topics


Learning a new trade isn’t easy, but with mentors there to teach and support you along the way, it’s possible.

Welding program graduate Kyle Sabers shares that the instruction he received at UTI went beyond just teaching him how to weld. He learned the ins and outs of the industry, which prepared him to land a job with Empire Caterpillar.

“They do a good job teaching you how to weld, but they also give you the knowledge behind it and why we’re doing things,” Kyle shares.

5. They Genuinely Love What They Do


The passion UTI instructors have for their craft is contagious. In addition to passing on their knowledge, they instill a new sense of excitement in their students about their careers and futures.

For Collision Repair and Refinish Technology program instructor Frank Cutajar, his passion for the industry started when he was just a kid. His true love is paintwork — and he gets just as excited about it today as he did when he first started.

Frank encourages students to follow their passion and take pride in everything they do. “Every car that they do has their name on it,” he says. “If you look at it that way, you should do a phenomenal paint job.”

“I love this career, I still love it. Even at my age, I still love doing it,” he continues. “I drive that home constantly. If you have a passion for cars, and you have a passion for making things look gorgeous, this is perfect for you.”

6. They Give Students the Confidence They Need to Succeed


To be successful, technicians need skills and hands-on experience, but they also need confidence. Belief in themselves and their abilities can take them a long way.

In addition to providing them with the right technical knowledge, Motorcycle program instructor Jimmy McMillan works to instill a sense of confidence in his students.

“I’ve had students that I thought weren’t cut out for it really being the best students out there,” he shares. “A lot of times, it didn’t have to do with technical background. It had to do with attitude. It had to do with confidence. The process to get to that point is absolutely why I keep doing this job.”

7. They’re Invested in Students’ Long-Term Careers


For many UTI instructors, the most rewarding part of what they do is seeing their students go on to live their dreams and find success in their careers.

According to Marine program instructor Billy Crosby, watching students put their newfound knowledge into action makes it all worth it.

“In my capstone class, whenever I watch students out here working, I’m able to see that moment when the light bulb goes off and they actually understand what it was that they just did, maybe for the first time,” he shares.

“To me, that’s a wonderful thing to experience,” he continues. “To actually see someone that you’ve been mentoring and teaching through a program finally completely understand it, and you know when they get done with that, they’ll be able to do it again and be successful.”

UTI would like to thank all of our instructors across our 12 campus locations nationwide. Your hard work and dedication to the success of your students has a bigger impact than you know!

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