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State-of-the-Industry Automotive Technician Training

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Learn by doing as you take on the maintenance and repair of both import and domestic vehicles. You'll work on everything from simple engine systems to power and performance machines as you move through your automotive training. With UTI's Automotive Technology program, you'll earn credit toward professional certifications, gain industry-related experience and prepare yourself for an in-demand career that fits your passion.

51 weeks From start to finish
4 out of 5 Number of grads who get jobs in their field of study3
690 hours Average number of hours in the lab
20 hours Number of technical training hours UTI instructors are required to complete each year

Where Are They Now: UTI Automotive Graduate Stories

Madison Conrad is living her dream after NASCAR Technical Institute.

Madison's Story

Working his way up as a Munday Chevrolet apprentice.

Kenny's Story

From Hawaii to Arizona, EJ Maltezo learns the confidence to be a Toyota tech.

EJ's Story

5 Reasons to Choose UTI's Auto Mechanic School

  1. Train and graduate in less than a year7
  2. Dedicated teams to help search for financial aid, housing, and employment1
  3. Specialized training programs featuring Ford, BMW, Lexus, and more11
  4. Hands-on training environments
  5. Experienced instructors


In less than a year, you could be a trained automotive technician.4 It all starts with completing a core program at one of our auto mechanic schools. These foundational courses build your base knowledge from the ground up, teaching you how to diagnose, maintain and repair domestic and foreign vehicles like a true automotive professional. From here, you can move on to Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training courses.15


In our electronic technology classes, you'll learn the basics of how electricity functions within a vehicle. Use tools like multimeters, oscilloscopes and hand-held scanners to read and diagnose the various electrical components in a vehicle.

UTI Automotive Technician School Lab


You'll work with front- and rear-wheel alignments to understand how the suspension parts all need to work together to allow a vehicle to travel straight on the road and the tires to wear normally. Struts, ball joints, tie-rod ends, rack and pinion, and steering gear boxes are just a few of the components that will be covered.


Vehicle diagnostic knowledge is a must for any entry-level technician. Use computer-aided systems and scan tools to perform data retrieval and diagnose drivability issues. In the lab, you'll use real-world scenarios to learn the correct procedures for realizing on-board diagnostic problems in today's vehicles.

UTI Automotive Technician Training Lab


This is where you'll put all of your training to the test! Install performance parts and make tuning adjustments on a high-performance engine to understand how the right combination of parts and tuning helps to maximize engine performance and drivability. Major equipment you'll use include chassis dynamometers, T-bucket style roadsters and computers.


Learn how the engine, powertrain and electrical systems of a hybrid differ from electrical systems and transmissions found in a regular gas-powered vehicle.


Continue your training at UTI, where you'll have access to learn from leading manufacturers in the industry. Courses designed with these industry leaders mimic the real-world workflows of each brand.

Once you've completed your core mechanic school program, you can move on to train with the brand of your choice.


UTI's Automotive Technician Training program is Master Certified by the ASE Education Foundation, a division of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Graduates of the program are well prepared to complete ASE examinations and can substitute their training for one year of the two years of work experience required to become ASE certified.

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UTI's Automotive Technician training is offered at 12 of our campuses across the country. Whether you live a few miles away or in a different state, we have a school for you.

Austin campus coming early 2022.


The automotive industry needs highly trained professionals who understand the technology that drives vehicles. An education at UTI prepares you with the knowledge you need to get your start.

180,000+ vehicles Number on the road in need of trained technicians
60,000+ Automotive technician job openings41
4 out of 5 Number of grads who get jobs in the automotive industry3
$1,300 tool credit Provided to grads by Snap-on in cooperation with UTI19

"I knew I wanted to focus on automotive work and I loved the challenge of my engine building and diagnostics classes at UTI. Hands-on work is a big part of UTI’s program and that was important to me. It reinforced the classwork and gave me the background I needed."

Vinny Verissimo | UTI Norwood Graduate & Nissan Master Technician


We offer a year-round program. Automotive classes begin at regular intervals so you can start when it's convenient for you. Our Financial Aid Advisors work with you to help apply for financial aid and submit required paperwork. Our Admissions Team can set up campus tours and can even help connect you with CHS (Collegiate Housing Services) to find housing.

12 locations Number of campuses that offer Automotive Technician training
3 to 6 weeks Frequency of class start dates


  • Can I complete auto mechanic training in less than one year?

    Yes. UTI's Automotive Technology program is designed to be completed in just 51 weeks. Your coursework will give you a foundation of knowledge on which you can build, whether you decide to continue on to complete a Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training program or start working in the field as an entry-level technician.

  • Can I get ASE certified at UTI?

    UTI’s Automotive Technology program is Master Certified by the ASE Education Foundation, a division of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).16 Graduates are well prepared to complete ASE examinations and can substitute their training for one of the two years of work experience required to become ASE certified. To learn more, check out this blog on becoming ASE certified.

  • How much can I make as an entry-level auto mechanic?

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median annual salary for automotive service technicians and mechanics in the United States was $44,050 in May 2020.25 This means half of automotive technicians 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.

  • Can I get NASCAR mechanic training at UTI?

    NASCAR Technical Institute, a division of UTI, is the exclusive educational provider for NASCAR and the only campus in the country to offer NASCAR-endorsed training. This elective is designed to be completed after your core automotive training and is offered at our Mooresville, North Carolina, campus.24 In the program, you’ll learn everything from engines and fabrication to aerodynamics and pit crew essentials. You may even be one of the select students who has the opportunity to work with instructors to build engines that go on to compete in NASCAR-sanctioned races.


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