Universal Technical Institute Reviews
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Reviewed by: Lynn C on October 23rd, 2009
Anyone who wants to go to any of their schools better think again. The information that is taught is vague and general. The course work does not prepare you for any real world work situations. The school will not give you a leading edge in anything, in fact it will set you back. UTI has earned and bad name for itself and its students in the automotive industry. Often it is the practice of employers to not hire UTI graduates or students. Anyone who wants a education in the Automotive industry, go to a community college, you will recieve better education, real credits, an accredited degree, and will only cost a fraction of the ridiculously over inflated price that the scam school uti will want to charge you. I am a UTI graduate who can tell you first hand, in no way has UTI contributed any postive influence on my career.
Reviewed by: parent Z on September 25th, 2009
My son wanted to go to uti for all the reasons listed on other posts. We were willing to pay the full amount. With your comments and more research we all decided against it. He is attending a local college for an automotive degree and gaining experience and money from an auto body shop affiliated with the school as well. Students of uti, thank you for enlightening our decision. To future parents/students. When reps come over to your home you will be asked to pay 150.00 for the admission application. They say refundable, but after you decline the school, guess what? Ours told us that you can not get your money back. Just fyi.
Reviewed by: Jason H on September 4th, 2009
I am a graduate of NTI like many others I was lied to. The school tells you they are up to date but the classes are from 2002. The cot is the new car that has been ran in NASCAR for more than 2 years and they still don't teach you anything about it. Do your self a favor and research it be for attending. They have also set the classes up so that now you will be in a NASCAR class asap to lock you in so that you can't drop them when you see they are b.s.
This school is a big waste of money. Check out Wyotech, Lincoln Tech, OTC, or UNC Charlotte and you will soon see NTI is a waste of time. The instructors are said to have min. of 5 years in the field, well I had many in class who had no time in the industry and some who only had time with Jiffy Lube. What a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Reviewed by: calvin C on September 3rd, 2009
I just graduated last phase from Exton. I have to say..Ive wasted my parents money.. I carried a 4.0 the whole way thru and honestly I havent the foggiest idea how to repair a vehicle. The company model seems to be a problem not the facility or instructors..
It doesnt take a genious to figure out that the instructors have to "break the rules" to provide any kind of education whatsoever. The best instructors with the most effective teaching skills are "let go" in very short order..The Education managers seem to have to hold back what they feel is the best thing to do for the students as well...You almost feel sorry for them... it must be hard for them to sleep at night..Chapman, Grosso, Carazzino, and Norville are good people in heart. Never dealt with Beam in person.. But seen him with other students... soulless surrounded by a ora of pure dread.. Like hes neither dead nor alive.. the devil maybe.
Reviewed by: Adam L on September 3rd, 2009
I currently am attending the automotive and diesel industrial courses at U.T.I. in Exton PA. This school is a waste of money and time. I thought I was actually learning a lot of stuff but in reality I wasn't. I have a relative who started working for a mechanic about the same time I started school and he knows more than I do and has more experience and my GPA is a 4.0. Therefore U.T.I to me is a waste. I could have been getting paid and learning at the same time. Another thing there MSATs are also a waste. If you get in to one you still have to pay it up front. And if you get laid off you are obligated to pay that money back. Another thing the instructors think they can act any which way they want towards students. Just cause were there to learn and don't know as much as them doesn't mean that they are better than students. My review of U.T.I. is there cheaper schools that are just as good. Biggest mistake of my life......
Reviewed by: NORBERT K on August 8th, 2009
UTI is a joke. I graduated from the Glendale campus two years ago and Im still waiting for all the stuff that was promised to me. Going there was the biggest mistake of my life. That place is not a school but more like a boot camp that will cost you 30 thousand dollars for 16 months worth of classes. The MSAT programs are impossible to get into because the manufacturers only "accept" a couple of students from every campus each year. Of course they dont tell you that when your forking over your money to them. More then half the instructors I had didnt even care about theaching or couldnt even anserw a simple question. They just cared about enforcing UTI's unrealistic rules. Their job placement assistance is an even bigger joke. Upon graduation everyone recieves a resume and a certificate and they are useless in the real world. Employers want experience and not a piece of paper saying you completed a course. Luckily I found a job at a new car dealership on my own not too long before graduating because UTI tried to get me to go and work for Just Tires. Save your money and just get a job at your local shop, at least there you will learn how to work on cars.
Reviewed by: Josh B on August 6th, 2009
I am a student as well, attending the arizona campus, I have been attending for 6 months.
the school is over priced, the classes and instructers are a waist of time. I am attending for the deisel program and the prgram is a joke, the only reason any one should take it is so you want to get into the manufacture programs like cummins, internatinal and so on. but if you want to do that, go to wyoming tech then transfer. there youll get a degree, and much more hands on training then at UTI. besides, I doubt the instructors there spend as much time on the computer looking for car parts or playing solitare. if you havent read thatguy's review, you should. its the same as AZ. but Seriously, dont waist your time or money by going to this school!
Reviewed by: Mark W on May 26th, 2009
I absolutely excel at this school, I have gotten the student of the course award several times, my attendance is 99.8% and my professionalism rating is near 100%. Which means I am an exceptional student, I have previous experience in the field and even though I do I have learned a few things in the various basic classes....however....the aim of this school is to tantalize you with the nascar name and then get you in and out as fast as possible, many people are left behind and almost nothing is retained. It is almost like an assembly line for techs and what you get is a sub par product. It is overpriced, and you don't even leave with a degree, the aim of this school is to get you a job in a dealership...not in nascar. I have been here for 5 months and have found that the people in Mooresville don't like the school or the students that come from it. There is a stigma of cocky kids that ruins it for the rest of us. The best thing you could do on your resume' is to hide the fact that you trained there....cause if they find out that is where you came from you will have trouble finding a Job at Walmart (and an impossible time in nascar) race teams will throw your paperwork in the garbage almost before you leave the building.
I would say that anyone writing a positive review is probably a staff member or a student who hasn't started yet and got caught up in the hype. And Jerry C. is definately an advertiser for the school, cause that is the same B.S. that the staff feeds everybody. They have to lean pretty hard on the Nascar thing to get you hooked but I haven't heard a anyone mention it in months since I started, you can also bet on having to sit through a sales pitch every other week about the other courses they offer like Nissan and Ford F.A.C.T which will just cost you more money. I have also talked to several students who said the school made one or two calls on their behalf and that was it. They just call every so often to see if they had found jobs and when they finally get a job working at the local jiffy lube for 7.50 an hour they count that as "placement" and pad their numbers.
Oh and by the way "Jerry C." We are talking about NASCAR TECHNICAL INSTITUTE....not one of UTI's other cattle farms on the other side of the country. And the courses are not "demanding and Challenging" they are easy and will put you to sleep, if they had any standards at all there would at least be some sort of IQ test to get in. I had one kid in my class who couldn't even pass basic engines, (the easiest of all the courses) he couldn't tell the difference between 100 dollars and 100,000 dollars. He once told me (when I was giving him a ride home because the state won't let him drive) that it cost him 85,000 dollars to go to school at NTI, but it was ok because "he gets 600 dollars a month from disability" More than once I gave him money for food and you people absolutely had him convinced that he would have no problem graduating and it broke his heart when he had to drop out....the admissions people make me sick (it is like they have no Conscience at all)
Also the facility is nothing special and all you get to work on for the first 10 months is a bunch of junked cars from Hurricane Katrina that are cut in half and reworked so that they aren't even like a car you would see in the field.
If you read this I know what you are thinking. "he must be bitter about something it won't be like that for me" I thought the same thing 5 months ago when I moved here. I would seriously reconsider your options and find a local tech school, if not then checkout Crew school, it is shorter, cheaper and has a better reputation.
Reviewed by: Jeremy M on May 8th, 2009
Worst school I've attended. I obtained more education in my high school auto tech courses. None of the claims were true. I actually had an instructor share this story with me. A young man had graduated from UTI about 6 months prior to my attending. This man got a job working for Chrysler and got fired after numerous screw ups. The final straw was when he couldn't find the oil drain plug on a PT Cruiser! That should help you when you think of the "education" you'll get from UTI. I'd agree with Richard R. in that this school is insanely overpriced. If you want a better education go to a local college that offers an auto tech course. You'll get better training, at less than half the cost.
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