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How Dan Glynn Went From UTI Student to Foley Caterpillar Diesel Technician

"Everything uses diesel, so I don't think there's going to be any shortage of work in the near-future."


Dan Glynn always liked building stuff and fixing things. It made sense for him to take an automotive course in high school, where he honed his passion for hands-on work.

Dan and his parents checked out Universal Technical Institute (UTI)'s Exton, Pennsylvania, campus, where the family was impressed with the campus, the shops and all the tooling that was there. He enrolled, and today he's getting paid to work with his hands, like he always enjoyed. As a diesel technician for Foley Caterpillar in Piscataway, New Jersey, he has been at this job since he started 2 weeks after graduating from UTI in 2014.

“I would recommend if you want to get into the mechanical field, UTI would probably be your best option,” says Dan. “They have a fantastic campus, fantastic instructors. They'll help you with room and board if you need. They're helpful the whole way, with financial aid and getting you ready to start.”

Dan's Journey at UTI

Dan spent 2 years at UTI, completing the automotive, diesel and Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT) programs. Dan says one of his favorite parts about school was interacting with all the teachers, who had a wealth of knowledge to pass on.

One instructor, Mr. Hall, taught electrical coursework. Dan says Mr. Hall was memorable because he came from an Audi dealership and was able to pass on real-life experience to students.

Dan says working in engine labs further fueled his passion for working as a technician, too.

“Going out to the engine labs, you were able to tear down an engine completely, measure everything, make sure the engine was in good condition, rebuild it,” Dan says. “Then you were able to run it and test it and see how your work performs.”

UTI was also instrumental in helping Dan secure work, much more quickly after graduating than many of his peers who went to other types of colleges.

“UTI helps you find and locates you into a position,” Dan says. “I started at my position 2 weeks after I graduated. Some friends of mine who went to a 4-year college had a little bit harder time looking for work. I definitely came out of school making good money right away, so it was definitely beneficial.”

You Can Follow in Dan's Footsteps

If you enjoy working with your hands, just like Dan, you can get an education that helps you grow a technician career, too. Dan says he's hopeful more people will consider the type of career path he took.

“I think the diesel industry is only going to get bigger,” Dan says. “Everything uses diesel, so I don't think there's going to be any shortage of work in the near-future. I hope we see more technicians coming into the field, and companies will be able to produce more work.”

In UTI's Diesel Technology Program, students learn the fundamentals they need to service equipment like that at Foley Caterpillar, and other powerful trucks and engines. Students will graduate with the knowledge they need to diagnose and repair diesel fuel systems. The program is 45 weeks from start to finish – less than a year is needed to complete it.

If you're interested in attending UTI away from your hometown, just like Dan did, UTI's student support services are here to help with housing and more. Whether you're looking for a job while in school or for after graduation, UTI's employment assistance is also here to help.

To learn more about how a UTI education can help your future, call 1-800-834-7308 or request information online


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