After serving in the Army and driving truck for nearly six years I decided to go back to school. I chose UTI while going thru a long list of auto/diesel schools out there. In 2008 I packed up my stuff and drove to Avondale, AZ... One of the worst, most costly mistakes I've ever made....
I decided to go full tilt and fully immersed myself into the program, Auto, diesel, and industrial. I realized quick that while a lot of the instructors were chock full of knowledge few of them were cut out to be teachers. It's one thing to read from txt in endless boring lectures, its another to bring that knowledge to the students laps. That aside I did learn a lot that I didn't already know, for that I am greatful. A year and a half into my course I had completed the diesel/ industrial portion of my studies and was well into automotive. For those not aware there are auto degrees offered, diesel/industrial degrees offered, and certificates. I found out very late in the program that "credits" from UTI were not transferable except to a very few obscure colleges. This was very troubling since I had previously been told by my snake oil salesman of a recruiter that they were. My plans were to use this as a stepping step towards my bachelors. Upon coming to the realization that I was spending a large amount of money I bled and sweat for for years I decided I was done, I'd had enough. I went to the offices and promptly told them I was leaving the school and I wanted to be credited for the diesel/industrial courses I had already finished. I WAS DENIED! I was told that there was no DEGREE for the courses I had taken that included additional auto courses and that to receive the degree I would have to remain enrolled and finish the courses I no longer felt I needed to succeed in my career. I said to the lady, "So let me get this straight. You offer a degree in automotive, a degree in diesel/ industrial right? Why is it I cant have this "degree", Which in reality kiddos is only an occupational associates which really amounts to nothing, In the diesel program I have already completed". To which she replied. "Because or computer program doesn't not recognize so therefor wont allow it to show your courses completed".... WTF to say the least... A multi million dollar institution that cant debug a computer program to give me credit for the courses I've completed. Nope, wrong answer, they just wanted more of my money.
Here I am nearly six years since I left with nothing to show for the work I completed, but I'm doing just fine. After struggling for a bit I found a good place to work and learned more in the first month of my employ than I did in all the time spent at UTI. Unlike a lot of the people on this thread I am still a mechanic who gets paid very well. I've worked my *** off to get here and I credit it all to myself, not a sorry excuse for a school. I've had the chance to work with some very smart people in the United States and around the world. I've become a very successful heavy diesel technician, and now shop foreman, because of everything that happened after I left UTI. My advise to anyone thinking of going? DONT! Take auto/shop in high school, get a job as a grunt dropping oil, work your way to the top from the ground up. Schools cant teach you anything, unless of course it's the school of hard knocks! EXPERIENCE IS EVERYTHING! You'll get none of that thru UTI that 99.9% of employers out there are looking for. Fact is most of them see UTI on a resume and promptly throw it in the trash. That's a fact! I manage a heavy shop and would not trade 100 UTI 4.0 grads for one of my seasoned guys. EXPERIENCE IS EVERYTHING. UTI just doesn't offer any up that we employers care about. Practical knowledge means nothing if you've never gotten your hands dirty. So go get yourself a job at Jiffy Lube, learn while you get paid, then move on to bigger and better things. There are no quick fixes in life, surely not with UTI. Best part is you wont have a huge debt looming over your head for the rest of your life.
Monetary Loss: $30000.