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About the UTI Orlando, FL Campus

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When it comes to picking a trade school, Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Orlando, FL is certainly a destination campus. It’s the only UTI campus that teaches program courses for automotive, diesel, motorcycle and marine technicians. Employment opportunities are abundant in Orlando and the surrounding cities—making it the perfect place for those who like to play as hard as they work.

According to education manager Tony Schimka, “Knowing that UTI Orlando is just seven miles from Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios and an hour away from the beaches; that makes it an easy choice.”

No matter where you want to end up, UTI Orlando is a great place to start. Jump start your career with top-tier technical training in a city where employment and enjoyment are booming.

3 Schools, 1 Campus

Orlando is the only city that is home to three UTI schools:

  • Universal Technical Institute offers three core programs to choose from as you prepare for a technician career, including Automotive, Diesel and Automotive & Diesel Technology II

  • Motorcycle Mechanics Institute offers students the foundational training they need to pursue a career repairing motorcycles, ATVs, side-by-sides and personal watercraft

  • Marine Mechanics Institute offers an ideal setting for students who want to prepare for a career in the marine industry

  • According to director of operations and education Wayne Lehnert, this school is for enthusiasts. Whether you have a passion for cars, motorcycles or boats, there is plenty of product to work on at UTI Orlando. The campus is second to none in regards to relationships with original equipment manufacturers—meaning students have opportunities to train with the latest and greatest tools and technology.

    Orlando is Constantly on the Move

    The endless summer weather in Florida makes it possible to enjoy motor-driven passions year round. Luxury vehicles and motorcycles cruise the streets, while boats and watercraft race along the shorelines.

    For motorcyclists and boaters, Orlando is uninterrupted fun.

    “Anywhere else, if you have a boat, then that’s a six-month hobby. Riding motorcycles is an eight-month hobby. But it’s year-round summer here, so marine and motorcycle technicians get plenty of work because people can pursue those hobbies all year long,” says Schimka.

    UTI Orlando has a long history with the local automotive, motorcycle and marine dealerships. Many UTI graduates begin their careers as dealership technicians. Because Orlando is central to so many industries, UTI graduates can access a variety of unique, long-term employment opportunities.

    “In our immediate area, there is a significant amount of farming, so heavy equipment repair is huge. North and south of Orlando, there are opportunities to work on farming equipment. On the coast, we have marine technicians working on million dollar yachts, charter boats, going all the way up to oversea freight haulers,” says Schimka.

    The Perfect Place to Find a Career Path

    What sets UTI Orlando apart from the rest is the amount of programs, tools and training equipment it has available. It’s an ideal place for those who know they want to pursue a career as a technician, but are still deciding on which field to specialize in.

    “We have motorcycle and marine being taught on our campus. We also have three manufacturer specific programs being taught in our automotive technology program. From a curriculum point of view, that’s a huge advantage, because students will finish one program and jump right from marine to motorcycle, or automotive to diesel,” said Schimka.

    Even though the students and instructors are divided in their interests, there is a strong sense of unity among everyone at UTI Orlando.

    “We get together with all the programs a couple times a year, and it’s really neat because whether you’re working on something that runs on the water, runs on two wheels or a big diesel truck, they all function on the same basic principles. It’s a fun place to be,” said Schimka.

    Student Success is the Top Priority

    UTI Orlando may be fun and exciting, but it’s anything but easy.

    Many students have to balance working, studying, living in a new place, building a network and preparing for a career all at the same time. It can take a mental and emotional toll on those who don’t have a support system in place.

    UTI Orlando education manager, Tony Schimka, knows their struggles. He experienced the same thing while studying at UTI in 1990. He understands how important it is that students are mentally healthy and emotionally supported so that they can be successful in class and in life.

    “I am living proof that UTI works. I had a very successful career straight out of school. It really helps me share with the students. If I have a student that’s doubting their career path, I can share personal experience. I sat in their seat. I know what it’s like to juggle work, home life and school life. I’m very familiar with that. It’s easier to make a connection with students and help them,” said Schimka.

    Schimka leads his team of instructors to make sure that every student has the support they need, and that they know where to get help when they need it.

    “Our instructors have immense knowledge of the industry, and they also have enormous hearts. They quickly get in-tune with the students, and they can always tell when something’s wrong and a student needs help,” says Schimka.

    “We have so many great support departments, from counseling to a food pantry. Instructors will extend assistance to students they notice are having personal struggles, and they almost always accept the help,” he continues.

    During his time as a diesel course instructor, Schimka noticed that the light in one of his star students began to diminish. Since his first day of class, this student had always been on-time and enthusiastic, but for two days in a row, he was tired and weak.

    Schimka noticed the change on the first day, and made a point to speak to him privately after class.

    “Turns out, his job had changed hours so he wasn’t getting the hours he needed to support himself. To pay rent, he couldn’t afford food. He admitted he hadn’t eaten in two days. I took him down to the food pantry, and we loaded him up with a couple weeks’ worth of food and gas cards to help him get to and from work.

    He was a grown man, but there were tears in his eyes,” recalled Schimka. “Shortly after that, he found another job that worked better with his school hours and he was bright and happy all the way up to graduation.”

    Key Success Factors

    For anyone doubting their career path or deciding on enrolling at UTI, Schimka shares two points of advice that worked for him throughout his career and have benefited the students he has worked with over the years.

    “First, pick a career that you love. If it’s something you love, you’ll be great at it and the money will come to you,” he shares.

    “Second, come and visit a campus. All the flyers, all the commercials on TV, none of that represents the true quality at every single UTI campus. I’ve been to them all, and I know that the same fantastic environment exists at all of them. Come out and see it, because once you see what we have available it’s going to be really hard to say no.”

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