Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. – August 8, 2019 – The Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) Manufacturer-Specified Advanced TrainingProgram is making its west coast debut this August at the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) campus in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Tuition for the PTI program is paid by Peterbilt and offers students advanced training with the manufacturer’s specific products and technologies and the opportunity to earn 12 Peterbilt certifications to prepare for careers in the diesel industry.
“The Peterbilt Technician Institute program will be a first-time and one-of-a-kind training opportunity for those in Southern California,” said Migdalia Vasquez-Valle, UTI-Rancho Cucamonga campus president. “With our campus in the logistics and transportation hub of the Inland Empire, this course will keep trucks moving in our region and beyond, as well as create promising career opportunities for our students.”
The 12-week program was created in collaboration with UTI by Peterbilt, one of America’s most reputable and well-known heavy-duty truck manufacturers. To be admitted to PTI, students must graduate from UTI’s core Automotive or Diesel program with a strong GPA and attendance record, and undergo a rigorous application process. When students complete the program, they go to work at one of the North American Peterbilt service locations.
“Peterbilt is dedicated to educating the next generation of diesel technicians,” said Brian Brooks, Peterbilt PTI director. “This partnership with UTI lets us recruit the best talent and teach these talented technicians the skills they’ll use on the job at one of Peterbilt’s more than 350 Peterbilt service locations across North America.”
Rancho Cucamonga is the fourth UTI campus to offer the PTI program, which is already available at the company’s campuses in Lisle, Illinois; Exton, Pennsylvania; and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.
Certifications students can earn in the program include Peterbilt Service Boot Camp, Peterbilt Electrical Fundamentals, Introduction to Peterbilt HVAC Systems, Hands-On Electrical Troubleshooting, and many others.
Industry demand for trained automotive and diesel technicians continues to accelerate. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that, by 2026, there will be more than 1.2 million job openings in the automotive, diesel and collision repair industries. 1 To help reach that total, the transportation industry will need to fill more than 120,000 technician job openings annually, on average.
A program launch ceremony will take place on August 16, 2019 at the campus in Rancho Cucamonga.
About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.:
With more than 200,000 graduates in its 53-year history, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, and offers welding technology and computer numerical control (CNC) machining programs. The company has built partnerships with industry leaders, outfits its state-of-the-industry facilities with current technology, and delivers training that is aligned with employer needs. Through its network of 12 campuses nationwide, UTI offers post-secondary 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). The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the “Class” of the industry.
Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 380-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including SmartLINQ connected truck technologies, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, the Red Oval certified used truck program, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt.
For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com. Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.