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UTI Grad and Field Service Technician Vince Martinez Is Always Learning

"UTI gives you really good knowledge that will put you years ahead of other technicians, even some of the higher-end technicians, because of the type of training you get at UTI."

 

When Vince Martinez was a student at Passaic High School in Clifton, New Jersey, he took automotive classes. He has been interested in cars his whole life, so when his high school automotive teacher encouraged him and other students to attend Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Vince saw a clear path to obtaining a meaningful career.

Vince graduated high school in 2015 and headed to UTI in Exton, Pennsylvania. He studied the Automotive Technology Program and the specialized, manufacturer-specific Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT) Program.

Vince graduated UTI in 2017 and now works as a field service technician for Crown Equipment Corporation in Oakland, New Jersey. He has no plans to stop his UTI education, though. Vince plans on going back for more technician training, since UTI offers a no-cost opportunity for alumni to refresh their technician knowledge.

A Job That Has Turned Into a Dream

Vince first met Crown representatives at a job fair UTI hosted. While there were many representatives from high-end dealerships at the job fair, too, Vince says he was attracted to working at Crown because of the benefits the company offered and the training the company required.

“I had nothing to lose and everything to win,” Vince says about coming to Crown. “It's the best decision I've made.”

Vince attended UTI thinking he'd work in the automotive field, but he says working in the industrial side of things has its similarities. At Crown, Vince is grateful for his opportunity to advance at a variety of levels, ranging from programming to electrical diagnosis.

In his current role as a field service technician, Vince says he enjoys going to work every day – something many professionals don't have the luxury of feeling.

“What gets me out of bed is knowing I'm going to be somewhere different every day,” Vince says. “I have a relationship with customers in which I feel comfortable working.”

One advantage Vince had before graduating UTI was his strong résumé. About 6 months before graduating, Vince visited UTI's Employment Assistance to build a résumé. His skills dated back to his high school years and developed through his graduation day. Vince advises other soon-to-be graduates from UTI to build a résumé before graduating, too.

More Advice for Aspiring Technicians

For current UTI students, Vince has more insights that can help current UTI students succeed in school and beyond.

  • Build relationships with teachers. Vince encourages UTI students to soak up the life tips and advice UTI teachers offer.
  • Consider specialized classes. Vince says his Ford FACT program classes and his power and performance classes were some of his favorites. He was able to take motors apart, put them back together, measure them and run and test them to see if the job was completed well. School experiences like those pushed him to pursue the electrical field. His Ford FACT program classes were especially helpful for the electrical work he does at Crown today.
  • Learn as much as you can. “I would tell [incoming students] to be prepared, make sure it's something you really want to do, and take as many classes as you can,” Vince says. “Knowledge is power in this field.”

Vince notes that with industry voids, the need for knowledgeable technicians in automotive and industrial fields and beyond is apparent. A UTI education is one way to accelerate your technician career path.

“UTI gives you really good knowledge that will put you years ahead of other technicians, even some of the higher-end technicians, because of the type of training you get at UTI,” Vince says.

Learn about the UTI automotive technician program here

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