Reply by Universal Technical Institute

Hi, we have been trying to reach you but we haven't heard a response from you via email and we don't have a phone number to contact you. We will continue to try to connect as we would like to understand more about your particular circumstance to see if there's anything we can do to assist.

Dallas, Texas

I graduated from UTI in 02'.I went because the ad's promise you that you will make more than 15 dollars an hour starting after you graduate and that you will be certified.

After i graduated, the only job i could get was a lube tech and a light line job. I was let go for poor performance. After that, i could not find a job. I fell back on student loans and now i owe over 30k.

If you ask me, the school is not worth more than 9k. You don't even get a degree but a certificate for one year of school. And they charge you for like 19 to 23k!! It is a total rip off.

And these kids dont see throught it and go. Now i am in a world of student loans that i can't pay!

Thank you UTI!For ruining my life!

Monetary Loss: $30.


Apex, North Carolina, United States #1218232

Our son is attending UTI in Charlotte now.Nascar Tech.

He is training on the Nissan Certification track. From our discussions with him , and through our own research- we found that only 60% of the kids who start wind up graduating. He has echoed that in his remarks about how many kids he started out with, have left school. This is a serious school.

If you are going there just because you dont want to go to college, then don't go here either. It is a rigorous curriculum. You are expected to also have a part time job to help with living expenses and food because there are no dorms. Those costs are beyond the tuition fee which is pricey.

That said, you are expected there in class on time, present yourself properly and professionally, ask for help if you do not understand things. If you are late, time is docked from your attendance report, just like in the real world. You are graded on attendance as well. The classes roll in 3 week cycles, so you better be darn serious and love this work, or you will fall behind if skip classes.

My son is graduating in a few months. He has a few of his ASE certifications already, and has started speaking with dealerships who are eager to hire from UTI- dealerships we went to on our own, not those offered by the school. There are also those that the school works with. If you are a good student, and have a good work ethic, there is no reason you should not be able to find work of some form in this field, unless you had very poor grades or do not present yourself in a positive manner at interviews.

I wish you well, but there are two sides to every story and we were very skeptical about this school at the start since it was a lot of money, and loans taken on.But they have come through on what they promised, the rest is up to our son and how successful he wants to be.

to Anonymous #1218236

My comments above are for anyone who is considering going to this school now, not particularly about the original post.Although,

I felt it is only right to present a positive story along with a negative experience.

I hope that since his post was made, that this fellow has found his way to a good position.We are keeping our fingers crossed as well, for our son, and hope he does find a situation that he is happy with, and earning a living in the field he enjoys.


sounds like poor performance ruined your life


thats some ***

Moline, Illinois, United States #937685

Sounds to me like you just suck. Maybe work harder and you won't get fired for poor performance....

Auburndale, Florida, United States #935937

It is so true that these companies that train students are making big promises that is just not out there a select few will find a good paying job but you basically need to be a genius and you are not a genius having one year of schooling .no practical experience taught very shameful. I feel for anybody getting in the automotive industry or the marine repair industry because it's just so hard to make a living you have to invest a major amount of money in tools to even be able to work on these cars and boats just does not pay get a job and medical or computer you're better off ...

Stamford, Connecticut, United States #835145

Exactly what did you not learn?This was 12 years ago.

Poor performance is your fault, not UTI if it was not for lack of knowledge. What is it that you could not do that was TUI's fault for not teaching you? Auto mechanics is not a job that requires a degree.

What exactly were you asked to do at this job that you could not do that was a result of your UTI education that caused you to get fired and never get another job in the field?Where did you find the successful mechanics had gone for training and why were you unable to get the same?

I am trying to understand what exactly you did not get in training that was required by such a entry level job, even though you supposedly paid attention, studied, did the lessons, practiced as much as you wanted on their equipment, and could ask all of the questions you wanted?

Did you ever go back and ask questions of the teachers related to your job and they refused to talk or help you understand the job better?

Could you be more exact in what you did not learn that you needed to know?

Also, what are you doing now?

to Susan Auburndale, Florida, United States #935938

These schools do not teach the simple basics and not every car is the same the drain plug for the oil is not in the same place sometimes it is confusing whether it is a oil drain plug or a transmission drain plug this comes with experience it is hard to get dumped into even simple oil change and filter change when you have no practical experience that the schools do not teach yes I have equipment but in basic daily world you need very simplified training of what you are actually going to work on as a entry-level technician there you go Susan what do you do for a living ???

to ***ker #954232

I'm 17 years old and I can put a car on a hoist, drain the oil, replace the filter, and pour in the new oil, with the same amount of effort it takes to lift my pinky finger.... Its pretty simple and I've done it many many many times my friend. No training what so ever.


So, you could only find a job as a lube tech and got let go for poor performance. Sounds like you suck at your job.