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As a high school student, you might be starting to think about what the next chapter holds. The steps you take today can put you on the path toward your dream career as you decide on an occupation to pursue after graduating. It’s never too soon to start exploring your options. The road to a successful future can start now!
At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), you can train for an in-demand career in the transportation industry.1 Through hands-on, accelerated training, you can prepare to enter a growing workforce in less than a year.7
Now is an exciting time for aspiring technicians. Technicians in the skilled trades are in demand, and advancements in technology have opened the door to new opportunities. By choosing UTI, you can have a dynamic student experience while training for a job doing what you love.
Jobs are growing in the skilled trades. With rising customer demand and a lack of skilled workers, aspiring technicians can pursue exciting opportunities in a variety of industries, from diesel to CNC machining. Those who decide to learn a trade after high school play an important role in our world and economy.
The benefits of trade school are abundant for those who want to take advantage of these growing opportunities. Attending a school like UTI has the potential to save you time and money as you learn in-demand skills. In addition to earning an education, you’ll receive valuable hands-on experience that can directly relate to your future career. With today’s rising demand for technicians, pursuing a career in the skilled trades is smart!
Every year, millions of high school students face the decision of where to continue their education after graduating, if they choose to do so. If you’ve considered attending a trade school, you’ve probably wondered, “Is learning a trade better than college?” When it comes to comparing college and trade school, there are some key differences to keep in mind.
Traditional four-year colleges and universities typically lead to a bachelor’s degree upon graduation. College students will often spend their first two years completing prerequisite courses such as math, history, science and English before moving on to the curriculum specific to their major.
Trade schools, on the other hand, typically offer programs that can be completed in one year or even less. The goal of these schools is to provide students with job-specific knowledge and skills that allow them to gain expertise in the industry and their specialized field. Classes offered at trade schools are often smaller in size and provide a hands-on environment where students can learn and apply their knowledge.
When it comes to choosing between traditional college and a trade school, it’s important to make the right decision for you. There are several factors to consider, including cost, time, specialization and type of learning style the school caters to. If you’re a hands-on learner and want to acquire career-specific knowledge, attending a trade school may be the route to take!
UTI is one of the nation’s leading providers of training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, and offers welding technology and computer numerical control (CNC) machining programs. In its 55-year-plus history, UTI has formed relationships with industry leaders and provides training that aligns with what today’s employers look for.
UTI’s programs were designed for the hands-on learner looking for an accelerated path to preparing for a career. Programs begin every 3 to 6 weeks, and you could be ready to go into the professional workforce in just under a year.
Our curriculum focuses on what the industry says matters most. At UTI, you’ll learn skills directly related to the job, providing you with a strong foundation of knowledge you can build upon. You won’t be spending all of your time in a lecture. Instead, you’ll learn in dynamic classroom and lab environments and have the opportunity to work with the same tools and technologies used in the field. UTI’s campus experience is anything but boring!
Throughout your journey, you’ll have the support of instructors who act as mentors to our students. In addition to learning the mechanics the industry requires, you’ll have access to the support and resources you need to pursue a career you love. Your success is our success.
One of the most common concerns among high school students and graduates is the potential cost of continuing their education. At UTI, we strive to put our programs within reach of everyone. We believe you should feel in control when it comes to financing your education, which is why we share costs upfront so you can plan accordingly.
A variety of options may be available to you in order to reduce the cost of your training, including financial aid, scholarships10 and grants. Additionally, graduates can benefit from UTI’s Tuition Reimbursement Incentive Program (TRIP), which may include student loan repayment assistance, tool purchase assistance and sign-on bonuses.14
If you feel confused, overwhelmed or are just not sure where to start when it comes to finances, we’re here to help. Our Financial Aid team is willing to walk you through every step of the process, from calculating tuition costs to securing financial aid.
At UTI, you’re in charge of your own future. Our wide variety of programs can prepare you for exciting careers. Whether you’re interested in diesel, automotive, marine, motorcycle, collision repair, welding or CNC machining, our programs can provide you with the training and hands-on experience today’s employers want.
In addition to our core training programs, UTI offers Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training programs that were created in conjunction with leading manufacturers.15 Continuing on to complete a specialized training program after your core program can help give you a competitive edge.
When choosing a school to complete your postsecondary education, it’s important to consider reputation. Your school’s reputation speaks to the quality of the education you’ll receive, which can impact the opportunities that come your way as you enter the workforce.
UTI’s long-standing reputation is built on the quality of our training and instructors, our industry relationships and the success our grads report experiencing in their careers.
The future is expected to be bright for technicians. Learning a trade after high school and pursuing a career as a technician has many potential benefits, and the industry is full of opportunities as new vehicle technology and high-tech systems are now
considered standard equipment.
UTI graduates are blazing new trails. Many go on to work for leading brands in the industry, and some even create companies of their own. The knowledge and skills you gain at UTI provide a strong foundation you can build upon in today’s fast-paced industry.
At UTI, we place a great emphasis on the quality of our curriculum and instructors. Created in conjunction with leading brands, our curriculum teaches students skills that are in high demand in today’s industry. This is a reason why companies trust UTI to train the technicians they hire.
With years of experience in the field, UTI instructors integrate real-world application into the courses they teach. They’re more than just teachers — they’re mentors! As some of our instructors were once UTI students themselves, they have a passion for empowering the next generation and are eager to share their experiences and knowledge with students. Their job is to empower you toward success — whether it’s spending time outside of class to help you master a concept or giving pointers for an upcoming job interview.
UTI’s campuses across the country provide students with the hands-on training they need to succeed as technicians in a growing industry.
Students travel from around the country to complete their technical training at UTI. If pursuing your passion means you will have to relocate, our team is here to help.
We want you to feel supported and cared for during your time at UTI, and our Housing Assistance representatives can help you make living arrangements by connecting you with housing options located conveniently close to campus.
As a UTI student, you can benefit from our manufacturer, employer and aftermarket relationships. These connections give our students access to industry tools and technologies, as well as opportunities to connect with companies participating in our Early
Employment Program (EEP).36
A common concern among students is whether you can work while completing your training at UTI. The answer is yes! If you’re looking for part-time work, you can benefit from UTI’s connections with local employers. At each one of our campuses, local employment specialists can assist you with searching for a job that can help cover your living expenses without interfering with your studies.
UTI also offers resources to help you look for employment after graduation. We have a team of specialists that works with national dealerships, distributors and other employers of all sizes across the country to identify potential jobs for new graduates.
As alumni, you can continue to receive support from our Career Services team. Whether you’re relocating and need work or are simply looking for a new position, we’re here to support you as you grow in your career.
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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, 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.
13) Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information, Highway Statistics 2019, number of state motor vehicle registrations, https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics/2019/mv1.cfm
14) Incentive programs and employee eligibility are at the discretion of the employer and available at select locations. Special conditions may apply. Talk to potential employers to learn more about the programs available in your area. UTI is an educational
institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
15) Manufacturer-paid advanced training programs are conducted by UTI on behalf of manufacturers who determine acceptance criteria and conditions. These programs are not part of UTI’s accreditation.
36) Students enrolled in select UTI programs are eligible to apply for the Early Employment Program. Participating employers will contact selected applicants to conduct interviews. Hiring, employee retention and compensation decisions are made solely
by the prospective employer. Employer participation and program details are subject to change. For additional information, please contact Career Services. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
38) The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that total national employment in each of the following occupations by 2031 will be: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 743,800; Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, 434,900; Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, 305,800; Automotive Body and Related Repairers, 156,800; and Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators, 147,600. See Table 1.2 Employment by detailed occupation, 2021 and projected 2031, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed October 13, 2022. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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