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Universal Technical Institute

General Information about Universal Technical Institute

Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, Universal Technical Institute (UTI) was established in 1965. Beneath the umbrella of Universal Technical Institute are branches with individual titles that indicate diversification of instruction, such as NASCAR Training Institute (NTI), Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI).

Specialized technician training is offered automobile, maritime and motorcycle technology. Although the institute is made up of 12 campuses, not all programs are conducted at each location. The MMI campuses in Phoenix, Arizona, and Orlando, Florida, are the only ones that offer motorcycle technology, while a second MMI campus in Orlando is the only one that offers maritime technology programs. The NTI campus in Mooresville, North Carolina, is geared primarily to NASCAR technology. In addition to training leading to diplomas or certificates in the various technology disciplines, each branch of the institute is associated with one or more manufacturers, such as Ford, Toyota, Volvo and Audi. Graduate courses offered by these manufacturers deal solely with the technologies of their individual products and vehicles.

Programs at Universal Technical Institute

  • Automotive Technician Training Program
  • Diesel Technician Training Program
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Training
  • Motorcycle Technician Training Program
  • NASCAR Technician Training Program
  • Marine Mechanic Training Program

Enrollment Process and Information

Applicants to any training program at UTI or its branches are required to complete an online application. Following the application, applicants are contacted by admissions counselors, who help the individual select the appropriate training program and complete the admission process.

Financial Aid Information

All individuals applying to UTI must hold either a high school diploma or GED, and are requested to complete a FAFSA as early as possible during the application process. Determination of financial aid awards is based largely on FAFSA data. Students at Universal Technical Institute are eligible to apply for all federal loans, grants and scholarships, including Pell Grants. There is information on additional tuition reduction and government and agency funding programs available online.

Universal Technical Institute offers a number of scholarships to qualifying, enrolled students. UTI-MMI-NTI funded scholarships are need-based and are earmarked specifically as tuition-reduction grants. The UTI Foundation awards full or partial scholarships, which are available to students who demonstrate commitment, a positive attitude, professional conduct and a financial need. These awards may be used for tuition reduction or non-tuition expenses such as housing or equipment. A letter of recommendation from an employer or an instructor is required in order to qualify. Private scholarships are offered by third parties in cooperation with UTI criteria, such as a 2.50 GPA while in high school, financial need or winning a technical 'hands-on' competition. Participating agencies include Automotive Hall of Fame, Burger King, American Foreign Service Association, Helping Hand and the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation.

Career Services

UTI offers all graduates assistance in obtaining entry-level positions. Job fairs and employment interviews are conducted at each campus. UTI maintains working relationships with manufacturers, aftermarket employers, national retailers and motor freight transport companies in order to help graduates make initial contacts in the industry. Graduates receive a job hunting guide, job lists and guidance in resume preparation. Employment assistance from National Technical Institute is available throughout a graduate's entire career.

Contact Information

  • Address: 10692 West Pierce Street, Avondale, AZ 85323
  • Phone Number: (800) 510-5845

Each UTI school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). ACCSC is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

Not all programs are NATEF accredited. Scholarships are available to those who qualify. Specific conditions, criteria and awards vary by state. UTI cannot guarantee employment or salary. Prior to starting or re-enrolling, Tennessee residents attending the Orlando or Houston campus must provide official high school transcripts, GED scores or state-authorized equivalent exam scores. In addition, all students attending the NASCAR Tech campus must provide official high school transcripts, GED scores or state-authorized equivalent exam scores prior to starting or re-enrolling. For information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, visit our website at

Universal Technical Institute offers the following degree programs:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Collision Repair and Refinish Technology
  • Diesel Technology
  • Marine Technician Specialist
  • Motorcycle Technician Specialist
  • NASCAR Technology

Universal Technical Institute offers the following campus locations: