UTI-Exton Launches BMW Technician Training Program - Engine Builder Magazine

UTI-Exton Launches BMW Technician Training Program

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) has launched the first session of its new BMW FastTrack technician training program at the Exton, Penn. campus, making it the fifth UTI location to begin offering the 12-week advanced training program. A collaboration between the luxury-class German automaker and UTI, a leading provider of automotive technician training, BMW FastTrack provides state-of-the-industry training on the latest models in production, utilizing the tools, technology, and procedures that are specific and proprietary to BMW vehicles.

Any student who completes UTI’s core automotive program is eligible to apply for the additional BMW-specific training, which includes four technologies: workshop, electrical, chassis, and drivetrain. Once the BMW FastTrack curriculum is complete, graduates can earn seven BMW factory credentials and a BMW Associate Level III Certification – after passing BMW-specific ASE testing and assessments. Graduates may also apply for additional, advanced training in the BMW STEP program, which is offered at BMW locations. 

“We are thrilled to be starting classes for students entering the BMW FastTrack training here in Exton,” said Robert Kessler, campus president at UTI-Exton. “Students will be learning from great instructors in their respective fields. This program prepares our graduates to enter the automotive workforce as BMW technicians immediately upon graduation. Graduates who go to work at a BMW dealership may also be eligible for tuition reimbursement and other incentives, so it’s a great opportunity for our students to increase their knowledge and prepare for a rewarding, lifelong career.”

“There is a need for more highly skilled BMW technicians across our dealer network, so our alliance with Universal Technical Institute is critical to ensuring our dealers have the staff they need, and our customers receive the exemplary service they’ve come to expect,” said Gary Uyematsu, national technical training manager, BMW of North America. “Upon completion of the UTI program, technicians arrive at our dealers fully equipped to make an immediate contribution as maintenance level technicians.” 

“BMW of Devon is excited to have the BMW FastTrack program close to our center,” said Kevin Ciccariello, service manager, BMW of Devon (Penn.). “The need for qualified technicians who are properly educated and trained to diagnose and repair BMW vehicles is consistent, and this program will help ensure the availability of candidates to support our clients’ repair needs with the proper level of training.”

The BMW FastTrack program initially launched at UTI’s Avondale, Ariz. in January; the program is also offered at its Houston, TX, Long Beach, Calif, and Orlando, Fla. campuses.

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