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    • Reviewed by: lance w, Associate
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      quit whinning porsche and mercedes come here looking for techs and then pay them to attend and come work for them. employment services is to keep money in your pocket so you can attend. yesterday a ford company was specifically looking for two techs from uti that were going to complete ford fact. and uti has about 500,000 dollars worth of tools for students to work with. and cars to work on about 10 mercedes benz 1.000.000 dollars worth and about 100 others not including the model a for each and individual student to work on . get a life you shouldnt have flunked out loser

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    • Reviewed by: ok by me 2
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      I am currently attending the Houston Campus and this review is for the parent posting below who is looking for information. I am an older student with a 4.0, 99% attendance and some Student of the Course awards. I am almost through with the Diesel program and I have been accepted into advanced training which is being paid for entirely by the sponsoring company. There are alot of very young kids at this school who don't take it seriously and have a hard time even showing up for class let alone learn anything. These are the kids who have such a bad taste about the school. We have been working on Trucks and Cars since day one and some of the truck labs are almost brand new vehicles. It is hard to get a job with no experience, even a 4 year college kid is going to have to start at the bottom. It is not realistic for anyone to think that by going to school for a year or two that they are going to have enough experience or knowledge to start at the top. If my kid were serious about going and realistic in the expectations that they aren't going to make a zillion dollars a year straight out of school then it is a good school to go to I think. It will be what you make of it. For me I have made it positive and now I have a good portion of the cost paid for by my future employer and a quaranteed job to start shortly. I get the feeling some of these other reviewers were more upset about having to show up on time and wear a cheesy shirt than anything else. One thing though, I wouldn't recommend taking a night schedule because it seems that even more of the bonehead students attend the evening classes than the day ones.

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    • Reviewed by: Parents of potential student C
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      We are parents with a son who is planning to attend UTI in Houston this fall. After reading the reviews posted, we are very concerned that this school may not be as legite as we have been lead to believe. While a couple of the reviews were positive, the majority were not. While we realize this is a website for reviews vs. chats, we would appreciate any information from students currently attending the campus in Houston.

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    • Reviewed by: Brent G
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      I went to UTI and I and most of the guys I went to school with have great jobs, some with companies like BMW and M-B. But there were some deadbeats that wanted everything handed to them like they were still in high school. I'm guessing those are the ones writing a lot of these bad reviews.

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    • Reviewed by: Andres G
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      Well I am currently attending Universal Technical Institute in the Houston campus and I would like to say that all these people that are negative about it are dumb. First off the instructors are awesome and have real life experience and although you do listen to some powerpoint lessons its for your own good and understanding you learn a lot better and it helps to better understand what your about to get your hands on in the LAB. So yes it s a lot of hands on and Yes there are live trucks in Diesel and all around and they even let you work on your own cars based on the class your taking for example if your in undercar they will let you bring it in during school hours and use it as a lab project. ex. Align your own truck and replace your whole suspension. Its an amazing experience and would recommend it to anyone its a bit pricey but I think its worth my money and they do help with your local jobs its up to you if you want it depending on your self looks examples tattoos piercings etc will not help. They got me a job the first 3 days of being here in Houston. 10 Stars for UTI!! It's the answer to an accelerated career. Only bad thing is parking spots lol.

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    • Reviewed by: Ray S
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      Jerry C. sounds like one of those Reps trying to get you into the school...lol. I'll give my .02 cents then you can take it for what its really worth.

      I'm currently attending the UTI school in AZ and let me tell you the that the School is a Joke...80% of the teachers there are a joke and would NEVER make it back to the real world again... working as a mechanic. 28 out of the 30 students would never make it out in the real world regardless of what they do, most of them are still kids. I couldn't believe that in Basic engines the so called racers and honda tuners and even mustang fanatics that call themselves "engine builders" could build a turbo civic, a turbo mustang and blah blah blah...but they don't even know how to get bearing clearance on a small block Chevy 350. A torque wrench...yeah OK. Its just a fancy tool to most of them and they wonder why it costs so damn much.

      MSAT Time...I'll tell you this much . I've heard so much hype about BMW this, Benz, that Audi is the best...and all I can say is that the program is there...but only for some. You get your attendance below 96%, you might as well not even apply, regardless if you have a 4.0 GPA. You also have to think...out of 2000 students how many do you think is actually going to get into ANY MSAT Program? They only take the best. I'm going to FORD FACT and then I'll see if I can get in the MSAT but in no way am I getting my hopes and dreams of being "special" to get into any program. If it happens, it happens. I'm just going to put my work in and see where it gets me. Most of these students don't want to put the work in...scared to get a bloody knuckle and some of the females are just there for no reason.

      The teachers are old, lazy and only teach what they know since they got out of the field. I've spent more time hearing stories during class time (which pisses me off, some days I get ready to actually say something about it.) Most of the "Hands on" are from old parts cars that would never make it back in service even after being fixed. I've been working on the Automatic transmission for the last 2 weeks and you can't even get specs on them because they have been taken apart SOOOOO many times that they can't even get back together unless you use brute force...and by that I mean a Ball Hammer and Punch.

      Now that I've gotten that out of the way I will give you the Positive side to the school, NOT UTi.

      Yes its still a school that teaches, and yes it is expensive. I've been fortunate enough to get by because of my GI Bill that I'm currently using. The other 20% of the teachers will give you their email and answer any questions that you have, talk to you after classes, help you and tell you what you actually need to do to get your ASE. I still get together with some of them and we talk about life and school. They have helped when the school wouldn't.

      If you take anything from this school....take it with a grain of salt. They teach you WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW to do the BASIC. Same as the military which is made to teach at a 9th grade lvl until you get to the field and learn the real workings of it. I still have a 4.0 GPA and my Attendance is 100% so far even after 7 months. I would have never taken apart an Automatic transmission on my own until now. Basic...yes, Current models, NO! But still applies to most and I would do it on my own with a Spec. Manual.

      I've had 2 company requesting me just for going to UTI. Meaning that they wanted me to quit school just to start working for them. I had to decline because my schooling is more important to me than a job now. Plus they would probably let me go when I got stuck with something or other UTI students that graduated came by with applications.

      Now if any of you plan on going to UTI even after hearing these statements. Dont' listen to the school or the reps or the President of the company. Listen to the students, ask THEM and I promise you the words they tell you will either let you know this is what you want to do...or time to go to Community College until you get something better. Don't worry about the money. Knowledge surpasses Cost any time. I know a BMW Step Graduate for about 4 years now and he only makes 18.50. Alot of money...no, but he loves what he does and goes to work everyday.

      If you do decide to go to UTI...Go to school on time, shut up, listen to everything, and pretend you know nothing. Once you put the knowledge to work you will have a chance to actually pass the dumb people that want to go there for the name sake. Never listen to anyone that has dropped out because of Attendance...I can understand dropping out because of financial reason, death in the family or even losing interest... but you not waking up and getting to school on time is just a no go for me.

      Now that I've done my rambling you can listen to what everyone else will say and what they have said. Hope you make a good choice and that it will work with you and not against you.

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      Ray

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    • Reviewed by: Victor R
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      Ok heres the deal, The employers looking dont want UTI grads for several reasons, First off I was told that I lacked the field experience it takes to survive in the field as a flat rate tech, Second they want certified techs, not diploma mill certificate students. If you want to get real automotive training go to a community college for $150.00 a semester not $1500.00 a class and graguate with a AA degree not a worthless non transferable credit certificate, do your home work talk to the dealers and see who they Actually hire, not what UTI tell's you and you will get the real story, save your 30k and spend it on tools you will use to make money with.

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    • Reviewed by: R B
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      I recently withdrew my classes at U.T.I. Houston. I was in the collision/repair program. I took panel alignment, welding and electrical. The school is a joke. There was about four people out of thirty actually obtaining the information, and it was ninth grade material. The day before each test the teachers give you the answers to the tests that follow the next day. I carried a 4.0, but there were kids that failed tests with the answers given to them. After i signed my withdraw slips they told me to come back in the future and apply to be a teacher. Ha! what a joke. Don't let your kids go there please. Tuition at a Community college = $1800 a semester...1 course at UTI = $1300 and you will learn nothing ! ASE tests are only allowed to be taken after you have two years under your belt...and they are $24 a piece you need four to become ASE certified...A/C 609 certification....$300.. Welding Certification...$300....do the math 26,000 plus interest is insane.

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    • Reviewed by: Stephon D
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      I have attended UTI and graduated the basic automotive program got out of school and landed a job with CAT with no diesel exp. the main reason for getting hired was the UTI crudentials I had. UTI is a good school yes it is definitly pricey and yeah there are some people there that really shouldnt touch a car or even be driving a car for that matter. And yes the rules are quite extreme but it prepares you for a realistic job in the automotive industry i know many people that i graduated with me and most of which are very sucessful mechanics and still have a job in this wonderful economic crisis that we have been in. Dont believe the BS about it bein cruddy cause these are the people there purely for the college party life mentality and if that is what your lookin for this is not the school for that. So in the end if your lookin for a down to earth education that you truely earn if you put a 110 percent into the whole time there you will be truely satisfied. I attended classed at the UTI in Sacramento, California. great campus not so great city

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    • Reviewed by: thatguy L
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      I attend the UTI campus in Glendale Heights in Illinois. I must say I feel very cheated and lied to. They tried to force me to take diesel and industrial even though I have no interest in working on diesels. It's not even all diesels, just semi's. You learn absolutely nothing about light duty diesels such as F350's and Duramax's.

      Most of the kids that attend are fresh out of high school with mommy and daddy paying their way. This school simply teaches you how to follow orders... such as wake up and be somewhere on time with their hair trimmed and their T-shirt... YES T-SHIRT tucked in.

      Who tucks in a T-Shirt? I can understand if we were wearing our button down collard shirts, but honestly how can you tuck in a shirt that comes to your waist line and expect it to stay that way while you're working on a car?

      Speaking of working on cars... they will tell you that you can work on your car whenever you want. That is a bold lie! you get 1 saturday every 3 weeks between 8am and 2pm to work on your car. you can do small basic stuff like alignments, brakes, coolant flushes etc.

      Try cramping 1400 students into 9 bays for 6 hours. It sucks! The EMs say if you have a problem to come to them. And when you do all they say is "well in the real world we have to deal with things we don't like, so deal with it!" So you mean to tell me that I'm spending 1500 every 3 weeks and if i'm not happy with the way an instructor is teaching his class, i'm suppose to "deal with it!"???? WTF!!!!

      You are better off taking that 25k and buying a junk vehicle and getting the helms manual, jumping on google and doing some research. you'll learn more that way then in this school.

      This school is more about their own funding and appearances then actually teaching students. I feel very unfulfilled in most my classes.

      However there are a few good teachers like Wiltgen, Gravitt, Vicich, Potter, Flemming and Orsini that actually care about their students and go the extra mile to give us the education that we deserve.

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