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Thinking about joining UTI

Discussion in 'Members' Lounge' started by MthaFuknGreen, Nov 2, 2008.

  1. MthaFuknGreen

    MthaFuknGreen Green on the scene.

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    Universal Technical Institute.
    From what ive read, its the harvard of automotive schooling.

    they offer programs from core to bmw, nissan, ford and nascar.

    has anyone attended this school?

    ill be going to the campus in sac.

    any suggestions on which program i should do?
     
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    FLounder power hungry VIP

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    i went to a different division of UTI... the Marine Mechanics Institute aka MMI. i went to orlando, which is a main campus. the UTI campus was next door and the motorcycle was right down the street. i would have to say from my experience (and from all the various students i met when i lived there) that it is a good school. the UTI campus there was very nice. i walked around it many times, they did some cool stuff.

    its like any type of school though... you have to WANT to go, and you have to want to make something of yourself when you get done. i know that i learned a lot, plenty enough to get me in the door once i graduated. i was able to start out as a boat mechanic making $50k a year right off the bat. but there are other guys that did nothing with it after graduation. there are so many different programs you can do at uti, if it was me, i would go after the luxury brands. have you ever seen the service department at a mercedes or porsche dealership? a LOT nicer than dodge or ford or something.
     
  3. MthaFuknGreen

    MthaFuknGreen Green on the scene.

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    i was leaning more toward the nissan program, because its the only program that seems to be only about the mechanic stuff.
    i.e. toyota starts out witht the history of toyota, nissan jumps straight into electronics.
    the less bookwork for me, the better.

    how much did you pay to complete the program?
     
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    reckedracing TTIWWOP VIP

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    toyota has the biggest market share in the world right now
    learn some history and don't spend the rest of your life working on datsuns
     
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    I attended and graduated from UTI. The only way I would recommend it is if you have zero knowledge of any type of auto mechanical skills. It's geared towards people who don't have any prior experience, and are starting from 'zero'. I went in with a pretty good bit of know-how, and really didn't walk away from the school with anything in particular. The total cost was about $25k out of my pocket. Their job placement program is a complete joke, when I graduated they got me 'awesome job leads' at places such as Jiffy Lube, Auto Zone, etc.I also don't think very highly some of the manufacturer-specific programs, specifically Nissan.

    How can I say that with such certainty about Nissan? Well, for one, I work at a Nissan dealership that's very close to the Houston UTI campus, and we get UTI/Nissan students in here pretty frequently, and they're about as aptly prepared upon arrival at the dealership as someone who's spent a little time on a lube rack.



    Honestly, your best bet for getting into the automotive/dealership world? If you have a small bit of automotive experience, even if it's just working on your own vehicles, go apply at a dealership as a lube technician or an apprentice/helper, and work your way up. You'll learn a LOT more hands-on in an actual shop than you EVER will in a classroom, and once you're ready to move up and be a real tech out on your own, you'll already have a dealership job where they know that you aren't an imbecile, and you'll have a better shot at making better money.


    Just my .02, from someone who's already been through all this.



    edit: and FWIW, in the few months I've been at this Nissan dealership, I haven't experienced a 'slow' time - and this time of the year is generally when the shops/dealerships go into a slump. Shit, I've already flagged close to 10 hours today and I've only been here 2 and a half hours.
     
  6. !JDM_EF-9!

    !JDM_EF-9! I'm just EF'n..

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    haha..
    i agree..
    when my dad was working at dodge, those UTI students would go over and just break stuff like tools, parts etc.. UTI is a waste of money..
     
  7. MthaFuknGreen

    MthaFuknGreen Green on the scene.

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    yeah i talked to a teacher at a community college, he said the job placement was that they basically just give you a piece of paper that you couldve gotten out of a phone book and say here, get a job.

    i dont want to go there anymore, but you guys convinced me even more not to go.
    im just gonna spend like 5 grand and go through the 2 year program at the community college and work with my dads friend, whos a mechanic, on the side.
     
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    civicious FüK-VTEC VIP

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    Much better idea. Good luck :)
     
  9. eg'sforlife

    eg'sforlife New Member

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    Dude i attend nti in north carolina its uti with nascar name but anyways yeah its a school you have to want to attend. The basic core classes are kinda boring if you have automotive experience but its the classes that you choose like nissan or ford that make it worthwhile im currently in my first phase of nissan and it awesome. But like i said its a school you have to want to attend.
     
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    thanks.:D
     
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