Real world training for real world jobs. That's what UTI advertises, but in essence, if you have any automotive experience helping anyone who works on cars than you have no need to go this school.
I attended the Houston campus in 2002 and graduated in 2003. When the recruiter came to my house, he informed me that "If you take just the automotive courses you will just recieve a certificate of completion... but if you take the automotive and diesel courses you will recieve an Associates Degree of Applied Science." So I did what anyone would do and take both auto and diesel courses. I mean do you really want to pay 25K for a certificate??
The classes were dull, out of all the teachers I had only 3 of them truly truly knew their stuff. HOT ROD U was a joke. All in all i believe this school is a scam. Out of the 10 or so people I still keep in touch with from school, only 2 are working in the automotive industy.
The rest of us all agree that it was just a huge waste of money, so if your thinking of attending, THINK TWICE and look into other options. I have been wanting to write something like this for quite some time now, and well after the events that happened to me today , I am now writing it. When i graduated from UTI I recieved a wallet size AOS , "Associates Degree", and a certificate in a diploma sleeve. The at then director of the school told me that he put that certificate in the sleeve so that I didnt walk away with anything because my "ASSOCIATES DEGREE" was on "back-order" .
He said that once it came in, it would be mailed to my house. He even wrote a lil note on a post it note and posted it on my diploma. I laminated my wallet size AOS degree and kept it in my wallet, big mistake. That wallet got lost over the years, and well I never needed to use my degree.
I got into another industry so never thought about getting a copy of my degree. Just recently a job opening that I really want became open, and well with it being in the automotive industry, I put in a request for both my transcripts and a copy of my degree. After talking to the finance and student services people, who were quick to take my 35 dollars, I have yet to recieve my transcripts. To top it all off and to my surprise, they told me that I didnt get an ASSOCIATES DEGREE, only recieved a certificate.
I tried getting to the bottom of this, mainly because on my resume and application I sent to the employer I am hoping to work for, I stated that I did recieve my ASSOCIATES DEGREE. The woman in accounting in the Houston office gave me the run around for a week. She claims that they no longer have the paperwork that i recieved when i graduated. They also informed me that they have since "updated" their computer system and no longer have any records stating that I recieved my DEGREE!!!
They gave me a wallet size one that i wish i never kept in my wallet. I know that is my fault , but anyone would think that UTI would have these records. Like I said in the beginning of this letter, UTI seems like a total SCAM!.. I started doing research and well it seems I am not the only one that has had problems with UTI.
Even read about a few lawsuits pending against them. The thing that really got me going is how the accounting lady in Houston , "ERICA" , could easily over the phone tell me what they gave my when I graduated. I HAD THE DEGREE IN MY HAND!!! HAD IT IN MY WALLET!!!
And your gonna sit there and tell me I never recieved a degree and that i basically spend 30K on a certificate that means nothing. I am not happy at all with them.
Monetary Loss: $30000.