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Being an auto technician means working with your hands. So, shouldn’t you learn with your hands? When it comes to trade schools for automotive training, Universal Technical Institute’s campus in Miramar, Florida, offers the unique ability to gain hands-on experience in our state-of-the-industry labs as you train to become an automotive mechanic in just 51 weeks.18
Here are some other reasons to attend auto mechanic school at UTI’s Miramar, FL, campus:
Automotive technicians diagnose and solve problems, test parts and systems, and interact with customers on a daily basis. This can be an exciting career path with opportunities for growth and advancement. Just like any career, however, it comes with its own set of unique challenges that require technicians to have a specific set of skills.
With a curriculum built closely with industry leaders and hands-on training in our labs, training at UTI Miramar mirrors real-world experience, so students can feel confident when pursuing careers after graduation.1
Here are some auto mechanic courses and topics covered at UTI Miramar:
One of the first subjects students learn when starting the Automotive program, this course dives into the fundamentals of a vehicle’s internal engine operation and how to repair it. Students learn the various components that make up the internal combustion engine and completely disassemble an engine to become familiar with how individual parts work together.
Students learn theory, diagnosis and repair information necessary to safely and effectively service hybrid vehicles and alternative-fuel systems and technology. Students learn the principles of service advising and how they fit into service operations. In addition, they learn written and verbal communication standards typical of a professional dealership environment in providing customer service, questioning techniques, efficient diagnosis of customer concerns, report completion, organization, and co-worker/management interaction skills.
Students learn to assemble and disassemble electronic automatic and manual transmissions while learning the inner workings of multiple gear and shift patterns. They’ll also learn to assemble and disassemble rear differentials and drive shafts, replace U-joints, understand driveline angles, and more.
Students learn to identify, diagnose and safely service wheels and tires, steering and suspension systems, and components. Students also learn the basics of tire mounting and balancing, struts, ball joints, tie-rod ends, rack and pinion, and steering gear boxes.
Students learn to diagnose and service wheel bearings, brake power assist systems, brake hydraulic systems, parking brakes, brake electrical systems, anti-lock braking systems, traction control and stability control systems. They’ll also learn the different components used in hydraulic brake systems, including the assembly and disassembly of the master cylinder, calipers, drum assembly and proper bleeding.
Students learn the science of electrical principles and electricity and how they’re related to automotive technology. The coursework also covers how various electrical components operate, how to read wiring diagrams, and how to build and test circuits.
Students learn about EPA rules and regulations as they cover the different types of refrigerants and oils in the market today and how to handle them properly. Additionally, students learn about the potential dangers of working with refrigerant and high system pressures and how to avoid such situations.
Students gain knowledge in calculating compression ratios, calculating bore/stroke, port matching, camshaft understanding and much more. The skills learned in this course will be used to disassemble a V-8 engine, inspect and measure every component, and reassemble and time the rotating assembly.
Building on the material covered in Power & Performance I, students gain knowledge in fuel flow, ignition timing, exhaust flow, engine add-on performance, engine installation and dynamometer operation. Students have the opportunity to install their engine on a rolling chassis and install carburetion, ignition, and an exhaust system.
Students learn to use different types of tuning software to tune normally aspirated, supercharged, turbo-charged and nitrous-powered vehicles on a chassis dynamometer. To do this, students modify vehicles by changing parameters in the engine computer while the car is sitting on a chassis dyno. After the dyno run, students look at fuel trim and ignition timing to see if the engine is lean or rich. They then make adjustments to obtain the vehicle’s maximum power and torque while remaining emissions-legal.
A career as an automotive technician is full of possibilities, and that’s no different in South Florida, where auto mechanics may find a lot of clients coming through tourism, manufacturing or agriculture. Most of our grads start out working as entry-level technicians or in other entry-level roles. As with any industry, over time, you may be able to advance in your career with hard work. Some entry-level and advanced roles could include:77
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the South Florida area was $46,410 in May 2021.25 This means half earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.
Supportive instructors, hands-on training in our labs, several beaches nearby — there’s a lot to love about UTI Miramar! It’s a beautiful campus with state-of-the-industry labs where students can receive training that mirrors real-world experience. To learn more about the campus, head here. See what makes UTI Miramar a great place to train by taking a campus tour.
According to the BLS, the median annual salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the United States was $46,880 in May 2021.25 This means half earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area. Many technicians consider auto mechanic a good career because of the ability to work hands-on and follow their passion.
Most employers are looking for the foundational knowledge needed to work in the automotive mechanic industry, and that’s where formal training like that offered at UTI Miramar can help. Many employers will also want to see certifications, some of which could be earned at UTI. Students will also be prepared to test for certain certifications after completing their training. Beyond that, a skilled automotive mechanic has a good eye for detail, is passionate about their work, has interpersonal skills and is motivated to work hard every day.
The length of time it takes to train to become an auto mechanic can vary. At UTI, you could complete automotive mechanic school to pursue an entry-level career in just 51 weeks!7
Located in South Florida near Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, UTI Miramar is just a short drive away from beautiful beaches, state parks, national preserves, amusement parks and stunning golf courses, so there are plenty of things to do while training. Plus, you can complete auto mechanic training in 51 weeks, so you can feel confident pursuing a career in an industry you’re passionate about.
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7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
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18) UTI now offers all of its automotive, diesel, motorcycle and marine technician training in a blended learning format consisting of online lecture courses along with in-person, hands-on lab training.
25) UTI’s Automotive Technology program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as automotive technicians. Estimated annual salary shown above is for Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for UTI graduates. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as an automotive technician, such as service writer, smog inspector, and parts associate. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics (49-3023) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $32,140 to $53,430 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled automotive technicians in North Carolina is $19.04 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages, Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $14.34 and $12.94, respectively.
77) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI prepares graduates for entry-level careers using the provided training. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than those listed.
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