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Old 10-29-2011, 08:40 PM   #1
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UTI vs. Wyotech vs. ohio tech, is one better than the other?

thinking of looking into one of these or maybe aviation mech schools, just wanted to shake the tree.
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i checked out both and decided to go to UTI

they had a lot more professional feeling to them and they had dealership sponsored programs that offer all the latest vehicles and technologies in the cars par the program your go into after the core program (should you chose to go into a dealership program)

wyotech had a really laid back, cheap feeling to it, and they had a lot more older looking cars in there shops, many from 90's and early 2000's but virtually nothing newer than an 05

also sat in on a few lectures and it felt a lot more prioritized towards teaching as fast as they could and getting you out, where as UTI (which is taught at an accelerated pace), feels like (and i have done it several times so i know its a fact) any instructor there will gladly take time out of there day to help explain something to you if you dont understand it
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:52 PM   #3
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thinking of looking into one of these or maybe aviation mech schools, just wanted to shake the tree.
Neither one are worth the money. You can learn enough at a community college to get ase certified and get a job. That's when the real education starts, when you start gettin' paid for it.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:14 PM   #4
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One of my best friends went to Wyotech. He went for diesel tech and loved it. He got hired at penske right after he graduated and now moved over to Penn Detroit Diesel
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:22 PM   #5
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Personal preference really. I'm starting at Wyotech in January.

I looked into both schools and also had the representatives from both schools talk to me. UTI was slacking big time (in my eyes) when they gave me the info about the school and then Wyotech came along and showed me their courses and the the companies theyre associated with.

Also, I talked to several graduates from both schools and the ones from UTI couldn't find a job, but my friend Damen from Wyotech has a damn good job with Ford right now. Like I said though, personal preference and what you make of it....
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:25 PM   #6
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thinking of looking into one of these or maybe aviation mech schools, just wanted to shake the tree.
Both are overpriced and a waste of money. Job experience is what counts, these schools do not get you any farther than the guy with general automotive knowledge who is applying for a general labor job (low hourly paid basic labor) in a shop/dealer.

I remember your other threads on employment, you don't want to get into automotive unless you are going to own your own shop or auto auction house. The average pay keeps falling every year for technicians.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:14 AM   #7
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had a guy from both come to my school. The UTI rep focused his presentation on what you can learn, they got more new vehicles there. the wyotec guy focused on the skiing being 30 mins away at the wyoming campus.
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had a guy from both come to my school. The UTI rep focused his presentation on what you can learn, they got more new vehicles there. the wyotec guy focused on the skiing being 30 mins away at the wyoming campus.
The opposite happened in my case... the UTI rep talked about the beach and the convention center and stupid chit like that
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Neither one are worth the money. You can learn enough at a community college to get ase certified and get a job. That's when the real education starts, when you start gettin' paid for it.
I tried this route first. All the vehicles used were complete crap, outdated from the 90s. There was actually a really nice 97f350 dually there The instructors were crappy. It took way to long to learn how to do a transmission and was overall a complete waste of time. Just my .02
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:14 PM   #10
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I don't think one is a whole lot better than the other. The schools are good and all, but it seems like they don't teach what it's like in most real shops. For example, tuning up a Series 60 on an engine stand is a whole lot different than when it's installed in a bus.
Most fleet shops don't have every special tool for every job, but some mechanics can get it done right anyway. Some can't. Certain things just can not be taught.

I wish someone would just bring me engines to rebuild. I haven't found that shop yet. I have to pull them myself and then put them back in when I'm done.

That being said, the Sac UTI is trying to find jobs for its alumni. I've hired 2 in as many months.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:35 PM   #11
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I have a friend who works as a recruiter for UTI.. before that he worked as a recruiter for wyotech. i dont remember which he said was better. i think they are about the same.

i do however remember clearly when he told me (about wyotech when he was working there) "oh its a total rip off, i wouldn't recommend you go there. of course that's not what i tell potential recruits haha"
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:20 PM   #12
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i have worked with some guys that have came from both. IMO it looks like the schools are just a waste of money, everyone i know that went to one is a complete idiot. none of them know what they were doing at all. the only reason to even think about going to one is it is a tad easier to get a job when you get out.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:16 AM   #14
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they are both diploma mills. nothing more. go a community college and get your education there, put the money saved in the bank for later use.
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Old 11-01-2011, 10:49 AM   #16
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There are pros and cons to everything. Personally I would go to UTI. 90% of nascar mechanics and pit crew are UTI graduates, that says something for quality of education.

Here in S.Jersey one of our community colleges is ranked #3 in toyota programs, and has an all around well taught mechanics course. That can't be said for everywhere so it's something that you will have to put the time into researching. I would say community college is something I would aim for first. I would google "<County> Community College Auto Mechanics" - you are bound to get at least a few people that chime in and say whether it was worth the money or not.

My auto tech teacher in highschool said he had many many many students that took the auto tech program and went to both schools and applied it there. He said general consensus is WyoTech is a better auto body school, while UTI definitely has a better automotive repair program.
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they are both diploma mills. nothing more. go a community college and get your education there, put the money saved in the bank for later use.
like tools. That said many community colleges offer top notch automotive training and some do not.
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personally, i wouldn't go into the automotive field. it's cut-throat and dying. really hard to make money unless you get fed gravy work, or you own the place.
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what do you guys know/think about ohio technical college? guy came i today said the program was better than wyo and uti? and you could get your associates also. may be a better option to pick up another trade skill and work towrdes a Bachelors?
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personally, i wouldn't go into the automotive field. it's cut-throat and dying. really hard to make money unless you get fed gravy work, or you own the place.

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