UTI-Norwood and Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield highlight careers in transportation

Universal Technical Institute (UTI-Norwood) has partnered with Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield to highlight the value of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in transportation careers.

Fifteen students enrolled in a UTI program and their parents attended the partnership’s Future Tech event on June 2 at the Mercedes dealership in Fairfield. During the session, a graduate of the Elite Start Mercedes-Benz technician training program at UTI who is now a shop foreman at the dealership, discussed what to expect from a career in the transportation industry, the opportunities at Mercedes-Benz and the specialized training and skills a modern service technician needs, including professionalism, communication and problem solving, as well as knowledge of STEM.

Attendees also heard about the latest innovations in automotive technology and got to observe Mercedes’ latest tools and technologies, as well as see a demonstration of a computerized vehicle diagnostic.

“Repairing today’s car involves just as much time in front of a laptop as it does under the hood and technicians need specialized training,” said Michael Balthazrr, admissions representative at UTI-Norwood. “The reality is that recent advances in vehicles require that technicians are well-versed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – and more importantly, can use that knowledge to problem solve.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, technicians with these kinds of skills are in demand: The nation will need more than 1.2 million automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine service technicians between 2012 and 2022. The industry will have an average of more than 37,000 job openings every year to help meet the need.

James Moreno, the acting service manager at Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield, said his dealership said the introduction of Mercedes’ Sprinter vans has created a need for technicians trained to work on diesel engines also, and he is working closely with the UTI-Norwood campus to identify students in their diesel & industrial technology program to help fill open positions for qualified, entry-level technicians.

“Finding technicians with the right educational foundation and skills is a difficult task and we look to UTI to help fill this gap,” said Moreno. “Our business is expanding but we don’t have enough technicians to keep up with the demand. Our hope is that by hosting events like Future Tech, we can bring attention to a profession that is growing and the career opportunities for people with a passion for cars.”

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 180,000 graduates in its 49-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree and diploma programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).

For more information visit www.uti.edu. Like UTI on www.facebook.com/UTI or follow UTI on Twitter @UTITweet, @MMITweet, and @NASCARTechUTI

Students enrolled in a program at Universal Technical Institute’s Norwood, Mass. campus check under-the-hood of a new car at the Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield during a “Future Tech” event to highlight career opportunities at the dealership and in the transportation industry.

Students enrolled in a program at Universal Technical Institute’s Norwood, Mass. campus check under-the-hood of a new car at the Mercedes-Benz of Fairfield during a “Future Tech” event to highlight career opportunities at the dealership and in the transportation industry.

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