Universal Technical Institute

Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Avondale campus is accepting applications for its Ignite summer program.

The free program is aimed at high school juniors looking for high-tech, high-demand careers as auto, diesel and motorcycle technicians.

“We’re seeing strong continuing demand across the transportation industry for qualified, well-trained automotive and diesel technicians. These are highly technical and rewarding jobs with great earning potential, upward mobility and stability – and employers can’t fill them fast enough,” said Adrian Cordova, vice president of operations and acting campus president at UTI-Avondale.

Participating students receive intensive, hands-on training and the opportunity to earn credits toward a UTI program. In addition to Avondale, Ignite will be offered at each of UTI’s campuses nationwide.

“Our Ignite program is a free, fun way for young people to learn about the opportunities that exist in the transportation industry and skilled trades. We look forward to offering this unique and important training at our campus again this summer,” Cordova added.

Ignite participants learn automotive and diesel basics as they complete a three-week, no-cost course – an introductory sample of the programs completed by full-time UTI students. The Ignite curriculum emphasizes a career-focused education that prepares students for the high-tech, ever-evolving transportation industry of the future. Students explore career opportunities in the transportation field, receive hands-on training on today’s latest technologies and learn from UTI graduates and local employers about the high need and earning potential for trained technicians.

The Ignite program went nationwide last summer, after a pilot program proved successful at UTI’s Avondale, Houston and Orlando campuses in 2017. Each of the programs met or neared capacity, and a large percentage of participants said they planned return to UTI as a full-time student after high school. Summer Ignite students are eligible to receive credit toward future UTI courses and can complete a UTI program and begin a career in the transportation sector in less time.

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. To help reach that total, the transportation industry will need to fill more than 120,000 technician job openings annually, on average.

“If you know a high school junior who has a passion for cars, engines or working with their hands, encourage them to apply for the Ignite program this summer,” Cordova said. “It’s fun, free and it might open their eyes to career opportunities they didn’t even know existed.”

For more information, visit uti.edu/programs/ignite.