Lane Griffon Is Creating a New Automotive Legacy

"It does take a little bit to get where you want to be, but it's worth it."

Lane Griffon's father passed away in 2009, but his son honors his dad's memory every day at work. Lane's dad knew a lot about cars, but Lane had never learned much about them. When Lane graduated high school in 2011, he decided to enroll in Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Houston, Texas where he could study the Automotive Technology Program and pursue what his dad had been interested in.

Lane says he had a great experience with the majority of the instructors, particularly his teachers for brakes and air conditioning courses. He says the teachers at UTI “kept the class alive,” creating a supportive environment for students, including those who were new to auto technology like Lane was.

In addition to the automotive program, Lane also completed the Diesel Technology Program and the Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT) Program. Lane graduated UTI in 2013.

Today, Lane is a technician at Sterling McCall Chevrolet, formerly Munday Chevrolet. He says his dad would be proud of the path he has taken.

“It does take a little bit to get where you want to be, but it's worth it,” Lane says.

How Lane Got Here

After graduating UTI, Lane worked at Discount Tire, then at a company that rebuilt hydraulic cylinders. He has been at his current dealer since 2015 and says he has used what he learned at UTI in every position he has had.

Today, he specializes in AC trim, electrical and AC compressors. His role requires excellent time management and customer service skills, which were traits that were also emphasized in his studies at UTI.

Lane takes continuing classes as a technician, including hands-on classes, online classes with an instructor and self-study online classes. Since technology and electronics are constantly evolving, continuous education is essential for technicians today.

Lane says one aspect to his job that he enjoys is the camaraderie among his coworkers. He says experienced technicians are always willing to help newer ones out, whether it's lending out tools or providing advice.

“We all have a pretty good connection,” Lane says. “Everybody gets along really well. We try to keep a light mood in the shop, not angry.”

No Technician Experience? No Problem

If you're like Lane was, and you don't have a lot of experience with cars but think they'd be interesting to learn about, you can pursue your passion at UTI. No experience is needed to enroll. You'll learn everything you need to know, no matter what level of knowledge you bring with you to class.

Here's more info on the programs Lane studied at UTI, which has 12 automotive technology campuses across the country.

  • Automotive Technology Program: The Automotive Technology Program is 51 weeks long. Students learn basic automotive mechanics skills, including how to diagnose, maintain and repair a variety of local and foreign vehicles. Hands-on lab work enables students to tinker under the hood. Supportive instructors help every step of the way.
  • Diesel Technology Program: UTI's Diesel Technology Program teaches students how to service large trucks and engines, diagnose and repair diesel fuel systems and perform hydraulic services. Students get hands-on training on equipment from some of the world's biggest diesel brands.
  • Ford FACT Program: The Ford FACT Program is one of UTI's Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training (MSAT) programs. After completing the core Automotive Technology Program, students can enroll in MSAT electives. During this 15-week program, students do hands-on training on a variety of Ford vehicles and earn more than 80 credentials.

UTI is here to help with financial aid information, housing assistance, military benefits and more. Contact a UTI admissions representative to see where UTI can take you.


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