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    • Reviewed by: Koven M
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      UTI.... I gradutated in 2000 and have had a very successful career since. I started as a line tech making a min hourly and then flat rate if I exceed my hourly, the employers focus was on doing it right and as I did the jobs more I became faster and faster I made more money. I was not rich my first year i lived in an apartment had my old honda from high school but it was year two and three that it all fell together. I now run a tech center with 18 techs 3 service writers and a parts guy. I make a very good living and it all started with UTI. THe school teachs proffessionalism, respect and yes how to follow directions. I interview students from UTI and Wyotech(scary how bad these guys are) for employment the biggest thing I see is they want to world before doing the work and life does not happen that way. I have found that it is the person that makes the school not the school that makes the person. If you have drive, workethic, and respect uti will turn that into an opportunity that you cannot believe BUT IT TAKES WORK MOM AND DAD ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF YOU FOREVER!!!!!!

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    • Reviewed by: Michael C
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      Education without experience is just as bad as experience without education, Ive learned this the hard way and I'm still not giving up and step off to the side lines and learn on my own even if its for free versus on someone else's dime because the fact of the matter most journeyman and shops wont take a rookie in because the flat rate system of pay is cut throat and if you do its a 50/50 chance of making it harder on you plus everyone else because if you screw up its on you not the school's and with today's downturn economy most wont take new blood in if there are many experienced techs out there out of a job there are no promises better yet take from you learned and apply to your own advantage.

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    • Reviewed by: Brandon J
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      I started attending UTI in Exton, Pa September 15, 2008 and withdrew in late February of 09. As many of these reviews state, I was lied to heavily before classes started. I was promissed everything under the sun by my representative and then once classes started, I never heard from him again. I had to live in a little Shante that they called an apartment which was located on top of a little skanky bar because rent anywhere else would have been around 1000 dollars a month. Maybe that's not that much for people that are from there, but West Virginia money just don't cut it in PA. I had absolutely no luck finding a job while I was there. I put in close to 100 applications and followed up on most of them and never recieved one job offer. Most of them would hear my southern accent and give a very unpromissing look. Anyways, UTI didn't help me find a job in any way,shape or form. All they offered was a referrel.

      Now about the school. It's hard for me to say whether the school is good or bad so I'll break it down. The bad parts of the school for me were that most of each course you have an instructor reading a powerpoint presentation to you. That made me feel like i was paying 1500 every 3 weeks to read a powerpoint. I could tell that my instructors tried very hard to stuff the most education in our head that the could in 3 weeks with what they had to work with. I remember once in my Truck Powertrains class, some people were having a hard time understanding how driveshafts and U-Joints worked. the instructor, who wanted everyone to get their moneys worth, took us out to the lab and let us pull the parts off a truck and get a better understanding. In turn, we gained that much more knowledge and experience and the instructor got chewed out for letting us work on one of the real trucks. Apparently the big rigs in the lab are there for looks and they say that they are to expensive for us to mess with. go figure. Also, the school packs close to 30 people into one class with one instructor. I remember in the brakes lab and undercar lab, as they are difficult subjects to learn hands on, the instructors would be running around like chickens with their heads cut off trying to help all the groups. they did the best they could but it's hard for one instructor to help and guide 30 students at once. There are plenty of negative things to say but i'm not going to sit here and type them all.

      On the good side, The lab sheets that we had to fill out did force those of us who actually did them thoroughly to learn. the lab sheets were very thorough and if you did them right, you had to get in there and do it and get an understanding of it. (although some questions on the labs were out of place). I thought the instructors were very good and like i said they did they best they could to teach us the right way with what they had to work with. My instructors always threw in alot of their real world experiences and comparisons of the real world and what UTI teaches.there are many good points that i'm also not gonna type cus i don't want to keep rambling on.

      All in all, I had to withdrawl due to lack of funds. UTI does promote alot of lies to get you to go there, and they are no help at finding housing or jobs. The training aids aren't great and for the time that I was there, I never touched a real truck. BUT all my instructors were very good and experience and did their best. It was too pricey for each 3 week course but i did learn alot. I don't think that UTI is the worse choice you can make. I notice that alot of people on here talk about being 4.0 students and not succeeding afterwards. well I don't see too many people on here posting their lab grades. that's what matters and they tell you that when you get there. your attendence and lab grades are everything. I think if someone had the money to put out and went in without a cocky attitude of knowing everything and tried their best, it could be a good thing. I'm 19 right now and have been working on cars since about 8 and have 2 years of auto tech in vocational school under my belt and i still learned alot in UTI. Like I say, it's not the worse school out there but if you're poor like me, you better research the area and consult very closely with the student loan company and see what you're getting into financially.

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    • Reviewed by: UTI S
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      I attended UTI, The name fame still holds some value, But the quality of education is not what it should be. They make the course 3 weeks long which is rather legit. But they skimp out alot of details. I mean on some courses you run out of information to teach in 3 weeks but others there is so much more they push off and "you'll learn that in the field"

      They max out the numbers of students they are pushing through the school which needs to stop. I understand they are in the business to make money, But I rather make less money and put out a quality education, vs. make lots of money and sub par education. Because eventually its gonna kick you in the rear. You put out enough sub par techs, Just to push them through. Employers are gonna consider looking elsewhere for their source. If you get UTI Grad A and UTI Grad B. UTI grad A skimps his way through school passes. Gets a job. Screws up at that job. And then they cut him loose. Now UTI Grad B decides To look for a job. Oh you went to UTI yeah we had one of them what a waste. Thanks but no thanks.

      The other biggest problem is they sell the dream that you can make a fortune in the field your first year or so out. WRONG ANSWER. Be honest. Yes you can make money in the Automotive Field, Lots of it too. But when you get out of school no dealer is gonna let you work on the money making jobs. Or Skill level A jobs. You are gonna start at the bottom no matter where you graduate from. You are gonna do Oil Changes, Tire Changes the stuff that dosen't pay well. You prove yourself your gonna eventually make money. But no 60k when you first start.

      The NASCAR tech program. about 1% of those grads make it to nascar. If that. Once again its a numbers game. Best of the best B.S. You want a job in Nascar you gotta start like everyone else Jeff Gordon's crew chief Steve Letarte started in Hendricks shop sweeping floors. He moved up through Hard work, Dedication and Work ethic. Things that UTI dosent teach you

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    • Reviewed by: STFU K
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      I've recently graduated from the Glendale Heights, IL campus.

      I took the Automotive program with Toyota training with a 3.8 GPA, 99.9% attendance. I've now found the real truth about this field.

      It's been 3 weeks so far and nobody cares about my certificate, manufacturer training, ASE's/609,etc. After graduation I was excited to start working so I went out and spent about $3000 [that I didn't have] on tools to be prepared.

      I've yet to find a legit job anywhere in this field.

      I'll be honest I didn't know a whole lot about repairing cars until I came here. So did this school help me gain more knowledge? Yes. The hands on training is complete bullshit unless you consider plugging in a scan tool and filling out paperwork "hands on".

      I am very thankful for the Toyota training program since it was actually hands on with brand new toyotas and lexus's, not those old bugged clip cars.

      Everybody here says you get out what you put in. I worked two jobs while going to this school, still showed to class on time everyday hoping it will all pay off when I graduate. I believe I put in a damn good effort in this school. What did I get out of it? Nothing so far. I'm back living with my parents, working a bullshit factory job to pay off these tools and tutition.

      I'm still keeping my head high and looking for a job in this field.
      But it's safe to say this was a waste of time.. and more importantly, money.

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    • Reviewed by: steven R, Certificate in diesel-mechanic-schools
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      i graduated from this "school" in 2006 with nearly $30,000 worth of student loans. i was able to secure a job in the field no thanks to the help of the uti staff. The only response i recieved from them was "we do not see anything in the location you are interested in". along with offers to go work on an oil rig in the ocean with some company called slumber j. needless to say i was furious with my decision to attend the moneymill that is UTI. why do i call it a moneymill, its a publicly traded company with market watch revenues of $413.55 million and a net income of $9.03 million. in my personal opinion this "companies" interests lie in the revenues Not the students who get suckered in straight out of highschool like i did with promises of great futures. i have to say UTI has great salesmen. so hear i am in 2013 still paying on student loans. like i said earlier i was able to get a job in the field without their aid when i "graduated" and recieved my Diploma which isnt worth the paper its printed on. i was hired on at $12.00 since i had little experience in the field finally moved on from that job after 4 years and currently make $20.00 an hour solely due to my own talents and experience. the employer had little interest in the school i attended. i hope parents and potential students read this and realize that these automotive schools are a wast of time and money do yourself a favor and explore other avenues.

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    • Reviewed by: jt s, Bachelor in education-degrees
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      Be very very careful about attending school here. The "Sales" will tell you anything you want to hear in order to get you (or anyone responsible) to sign on the dotted line. I have been trying for months to get specific information on financial aid, veterans benefits, and exact tuition costs. I have yet to receive the same answer twice....and those are vague answers at best. Spoke with head of admissions to no avail today...she referred my concerns to the director. Seems to be nobody wants to answer any detailed questions, let alone put anything in writing,

      *******WARNING FOR ANY POST 9/11 VETS**********
      They are completely clueless as what to expect come October 1st. Not only is there a credit hour cap, but an annual cap of 17,500, with fiscal cycle beginning 1 August and ending 31 July. BE VERY CAREFUL.....they say they will spread the billing over 2 fiscal years and adjust your start date to ensure full coverage. HOWEVER, after speaking with a VA rep they only send a single bill for the entire course AND have no plans to change that. What does than mean for you????? during your training you will have to fund the difference out of your pocket....or leave the course.

      To ALL potential student and their families: GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!!!!!! Do not believe the sales reps promises!!!!

      as for the training itself.....you get what you give. I have several friend who have graduated and applied themselves...they enjoyed it...most at additional cost

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    • Reviewed by: Julie C, Certificate in diesel-mechanic-schools
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      My son went to this school in 2008. I was told by their school advisor that he received a pell grant. Three months into school the advisor called me up and told me they made a mistake. I had to make a loan for him to complete this school. He graduated in May of 2008 from UTI with a understanding that they would help get him a job. That did not happen and he is still not employed with this certificate. They promise alot but their promises does not come through. Be careful when considering this school. A lot of bs that is given to you when they interview your family and the person wanting to go there. I am very disappointed and alot of money spent for nothing and I am still paying on it. Thank you

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    • Reviewed by: Joel S, Certificate
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      I graduated from UTI 05/09. I completed the automotive and International programs. The school is a fraud. When I met with a rep from the school (sales guy) before enrollment, he painted a great picture. He said that they wold assist with housing, even though they don't offer dorms as well as job placement assistance. There was no help with securing housing and the job placement center was a bulletin board with a few open area jobs listings.I moved there temporarily from Ohio and had to quickly secure an apartment and a job. The rep made it sound like that upon graduation, you could become employed ANYWHERE making big money due to such a great education. Wrong. I discovered that since graduating, it don't t train students with the right skills to survive in most mechanic jobs. They train you on only the newest systems. This can be a problem when you work on 15yr old cars, in the real world. While I did great in the program, they didn't test speed or allow enough practice to proficiently preform anything other than oil changes and tire rotations. I have worked in shops and can't keep up. But, the most I make is $10/h. Also, I worked at International for a short period, but quit when they treated made me push a broom around and do the jobs no one else wanted due to my inferior education. When I complained to the head of the program, they did nothing. I am buried under huge student loans working as a lube tech. Do your research. Don't buy into the hype.

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    • Reviewed by: Richard R
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      Although a highly publicized school, it is terribly overprice (upwards of $30,000 per year). Many public school and community colleges offer programs as good or better at a fraction of the cost.

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