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Do you dream of working on a brand like BMW, Peterbilt or Ford?
At Universal Technical Institute, you can gain specialized skills and certifications needed to work for leading manufacturers and dealerships.1 Our Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training (MSAT) programs are designed to take your training to the next level as you prepare for a cutting-edge career in the automotive or diesel industry.
Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about specialized training at UTI, including the types of MSATs that UTI offers, the differences between student paid and dealer paid programs, the advantages of furthering your education at UTI and more.
The transportation industry needs employees who understand the specifics of their technologies. This is why UTI teams with many leading manufacturers to create programs focused on their vehicles, diagnostics and performance specs.
UTI’s technician training core programs teach students foundational skills needed to prepare for careers in the industry. Your training, however, doesn’t have to end there.
After completing a UTI automotive, diesel or automotive/diesel program, you can apply for specialized training created in conjunction with leading manufacturers.2
MSAT programs at UTI can benefit both the graduate and the employer. In addition to learning specialized skills in focused and accelerated training, students have the opportunity to earn valuable credentials to help elevate their status after graduation.
These credentials might take years to earn otherwise.
This means that dealers who hire MSAT graduates save valuable training dollars. In addition, they are able to hire technicians who can start generating revenue right away. For graduates, having these credentials makes them stronger candidates when applying
for jobs and can help them advance in the workforce faster. It’s a win-win for both employers and graduates!
UTI has a number of relationships with original equipment manufacturers. Students can choose from a variety of specialized training programs in the automotive, diesel and motorcycle industries. In addition, manufacturer-specific training is incorporated
into the Marine program.
Just like every manufacturer and dealership is different, each one of UTI’s programs is unique in its own way. In general, UTI offers two types of MSAT programs: student paid and manufacturer paid.
When browsing UTI’s MSAT programs, you’ll find that some are student paid while others are manufacturer paid. If you’re wondering what this means, we’ve got the breakdown for you.
In student paid MSAT programs, just like the name implies, the program’s tuition is paid by the student. However, there’s much more to know about these programs. All UTI students can apply for student paid programs, and they’re
a great choice for those who want to keep their options open after graduation.
Those who complete student paid programs have the freedom to choose exactly how they use their education. For example, a student who completes Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT) gains a great advantage when applying for positions with Ford due to their specialized knowledge. However, they aren’t necessarily obligated to work for a Ford dealer right after graduation. They could go on to complete an additional MSAT program
if they wish.
The student paid route can help set students up for success no matter where their career path takes them. Employers look highly upon these programs, and there is a significant investment from dealers in the vehicles, tools and equipment used in these
programs. This means students are training with state-of-the-industry technology.
In manufacturer paid programs, the program tuition is paid by the manufacturer and could lead to a position with the dealer upon successful completion3 These programs such as the BMW Service Technician Education Program (STEP),
are more exclusive. Students must meet specific requirements related to GPA, attendance and several other factors in order to apply. From here, they’ll go through an interview process with an advanced training manager to see if it’s the
right fit for both the student and manufacturer. Students who complete these programs commit to working for a dealer for a fixed period of time (typically 1 to 2 years) after graduation.
Completing a manufacturer-specific training program requires hard work, dedication and commitment. However, the benefits are great. Students who complete core programs are able look for jobs right after graduation but going the extra mile by pursuing
a specialized training program can help you gain an edge when looking for opportunities to start your career.
Here are five reasons to consider specialized training at UTI:
Overall, UTI’s MSAT programs provide a great way to help you get a leg up on the competition and set yourself up for career success. Specialized training is truly an investment in your future. If you have the passion, we have the training that can
take you where you want to go!
Interested in learning more about specialized training at UTI? Learn more on our Manufacturer-Specific Training page. If you have questions,
request more information. We’re here to help!
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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.