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Have you ever considered a career as an auto technician or perhaps a technician in the diesel, motorcycle or marine industry?
If you haven’t, here’s a quick test to see if it could be a good fit for you:
When Brandon Davis researched mechanic schools and discovered UTI, he was working at what he considered a dead-end warehouse job in Ohio. He enrolled in the Diesel Technology program at the Avondale (Phoenix), AZ campus. It was a bold move, considering that he’d never done any mechanical work in his life.
Jim Lahaise acquired his mechanical knowledge through decades of automotive work. He never expected to become an instructor, but when he was invited to teach at UTI Exton (PA) he soon realized how much he enjoyed helping the next generation of technicians.
“There was a girl, Heather, that went through the school and she was very timid at first. She didn’t know if she could fix cars. After 5 or 6 classes, she started getting in the rhythm, and then she turned into one of the best students that’s ever gone into UTI.”
Marine Mechanics Institute instructor, Bill Crosby, wishes he had these programs when he entered the industry. He knows how difficult it can be to work your way from the bottom, and he tries to give his students every advantage so they can rise to the top in their careers.
“Whenever I watch students out here working and I’m able to see that moment whenever that light bulb goes off; where they actually understand, and what it was that they’ve just done maybe for the first time. Even if they’ve done it in other classes, now they’ve done it on their own, and that’s true knowledge and acknowledgment of their own ability for themselves.”
When you achieve success in life, be sure to hold the door open for those behind you. For UTI Lisle (IL) instructor, Sean Gagnon, that means sharing life lessons with the next generation of those who have the goal of becoming an automotive technician.
“I remember being even 10 or 11 years into the field still thinking about instructors that I’ve had when I was a student, and I wanted to be on the other side of that giving back in a sense, and putting my stamp on the new generation of technicians.”
After suffering a near-fatal motorcycle accident in his youth, you’d think Motorcycle Mechanics Institute instructor, David Dyck, would have decided to ditch these dangerous machines.
Not only did he go out and buy a new street bike after his accident, he built his whole life around his love of motorcycles. His passion helps him connect with his students so he can show them how they can turn their love into a career.
As his students prepare for graduation, UTI Exton, PA instructor, Tom Brown, issues a challenge:
“I tell these students here when they graduate, ‘You want to do something for me, in 5 years come back and tell me how you’re doing. If you’re now an A-tech in 5 years, or shop foreman, or have your own business, you know how much pride I’ll get from that? I challenge you to do so.”
For Brown, learning doesn’t start and stop at the classroom door. It’s a continuous process, and one he hopes to be a part of as his graduates work toward achieving their career goals.
Feeling inspired by these stories? Find out more about UTI’s programs and how you can turn your passion into a rewarding career. If you are wondering is being an auto mechanic is a good career for you, we can help you decide.
Sean Callahan is an Automotive Instructor at UTI Norwood (Massachusetts). We asked him what advice he would give to his younger self. Yes, he talks about hard work and dedication but the story is deeper.
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What if we told you that experience working on cars, trucks, motorcycles, and boats prior to starting classes at UTI does not determine your success as a student?
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