Lets Talk About UTi
For you guys and gals thinking about this school for tech training and getting a future ahead, I will be breaking down what this school is about and the flaws/pluses of having this crash course Snap-On Tools sponsored school has to offer. For those who have already been through this course, please add to what I miss on here. For those who are attending, feel free as well. For those who want to go to this school, read all of this.
I am currently attending and still have 5 more courses before my NATT (Nissan Advanced Technical Training) courses even start, so there will be much more added from those who have completed this.
What to expect from this technical training institute: They give you the information to learn mechanical and electrical skills/trades to work into the automotive industry. Whether it be hands on, class instructions, and understanding visually of what a engine/transmission/modern vehicle does today. They crash course every block of instruction to 3 weeks of each phase instead of a college giving you a full semester. Now, Manufacturers have already made correspondence courses and credentials for their specific vehicles (i.e. Ford, Nissan, Honda, etc) that are considered electives after the initial core phases.
The plus on this? You will have more credentials from the manufacturer than a 4 year degree that go towards what the manufacturers require and have a higher chance of landing a career.
The minus on this? Its generic and toss out 40% of what you learned to get into the upcoming vehicles and today's cars. They feed you information pertaining to carbuerated engines to throttle body injection (pre-1990s). In my opinion, less than 3% of vehicles you will be dealing with in the field will be 12 years or less on a vehicle, BUT the concept is great knowledge.
What about the instructors at UTi/NTi? They have 20 years+ (most instructors) experience in the field and what to expect. Their very knowledgeable and wise, but most I have ran across are v8 junkies (their not fond of fuel injected or modern mpg savers). All of my previous instructors worked at Mazda, Ford, GM, Nissan, Infiniti, Chrysler, or Subaru. They are more than happy to answer a dumb question more than anything and willing to help you understand what is going on in the ECM/PCM.
What to expect after graduation? Simple, you stand much higher than your average community college entry level technician. You carry 70% of what the manufacturers require to advance in the field already from the school. You will "not be guaranteed", trust me on this one, you will have to literally fight for a position in the field, but it will pay off really soon. Your typically looking after being hired a lube tech as an evaluation standpoint for a short period of time. Now, if your around one of UTi schools, good luck and I do mean good luck. Technicians who cannot take it anymore in the field and I know Leevecius can agree with me on this one, they will just oil up their toolbox wheels and walkout. Its a great money making field, so if you ever get to that point, talk to someone (shop foreman).
Overall, personally, its good knowledge and understanding of what goes on inside of the vehicle, but its too generic and overlooked.
2009 Cobalt LS XFE U74
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Last edited by 5t3alth; 05-20-2013 at 12:16 PM.