Universal Technical Institute

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Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
Private, For-profit (NYSEUTI),
Industry Education
Founded 1965
Headquarters Scottsdale, Arizona
Area served
North America
Key people
Kim McWaters CEO[1]
Slogan To change the world, one life at a time, by helping people achieve their dreams
Website www.uti.edu

Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (UTI) is a for-profit nationwide provider of technical education training for students seeking careers in entry level automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.

Through a campus-based school system, the school offers specialized technical education programs under the banner of several brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI).

Enrollment at UTI colleges has been declining since 2010,[2] even before UTI was one of the subjects of federal scrutiny.[3]

The 2012 Harkin Commission noted that: "Compared to public colleges offering the same programs, the price of tuition is significantly higher at UTI....The same Certificate costs almost 20 times more at UTI than it does at the public college." UTI's default rate, however, was relatively low for a for-profit college, fluctuating from 12% to 16%.[3]

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Universal Technical Institute (UTI)[edit]

Founded in 1965, Universal Technical Institute provides technical training for students seeking careers in the automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine and collision repair industries. UTI has direct relationships with approximately 30 OEM manufacturers, such as Ford, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Cummins, and Harley-Davidson.

Offered courses include:

Automotive Technology - A 51-week automotive technology training program as well as Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training (MSAT) from partners like - BMW of North America, International Truck and Engine Corporation, Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Nissan USA and Volvo Cars of North America, Inc.

Diesel/Industrial Technology - A 45-week course focused on teaching students toservice Class 3-8 diesel truck, including air brakes, fuel systems and power trains and advanced diagnostic systems. Course work indcludes transport refrigeration and hydraulic applications. UTI Partners with manufacturers such as - Freightliner, International, Detroit Diesel, Cummins, and Caterpillar.

Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology - A 51-week course based on the “I-CAR Enhanced Delivery” industry standard and is ASE/NATEF Master certified in five industry standard areas of auto body repair.

NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI)[edit]

NASCAR Technical Institute logo

NASCAR Technical Institute is located in Mooresville, North Carolina - at the heart of racing country.[4] The school provides course work in engine construction, electrical, fuel and lubrication systems, drive trains, body and chassis fabrication and racing theory principles. Students learn the history and rules and regulations of NASCAR, as well as a Pit Crew training program.

Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI)[edit]

The school provides course work in marine technology with a focus on manufacturer-specific training for Volvo Penta, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki Outboard, Mercury Marine and other major marine manufacturers.

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI)[edit]

The school provides course work for a customized career education with Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, and Harley-Davidson manufacturer-specific courses.

Lawsuits and Investigations[edit]

In 2011, a former employee filed a lawsuit accusing UTI of violating Title IV regulations that bar incentive compensation for admissions representatives. UTI settled out of court with the employee.[2]

UTI has been under investigation by the Massachusetts Attorney General for allegedly submitting false claims "to the Commonwealth relating to student loans, guarantees and grants provided to students at our Norwood, Massachusetts campus." [5]


  1. ^ "Kimberly J. McWaters". Universal Technical Institute, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Don't Expect Miracles From Universal Technical Institute". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Universal Technical Institute, Inc. : Introduction" (PDF). Help.senate.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  4. ^ McCraw, Jim (2002-06-01). "NASCAR Technical Institute". Popular Mechanics. p. 1. 
  5. ^ "Form 10-Q". Sec.gov. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 

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