I just recently walked out of UTI Chicago. I wouldn't advise anyone to attend there if they were serious about beginning or furthering a career in the automotive industry.
I've been in the field for 15 years now slowly working my way up from an oil changer to a full service tech. I ran into a problem when it came time for me to take some ASE's and I felt that a adult technical school would help further my knowledge and get me ready for testing.
I was wrong. Now don't get me wrong. The instructors, facilities, and material are top notch. However, the student body ,(at least at this campus), was a joke! Constantly disrupting lectures, and lab time, with drama. It seems that this place was much more a daycare than an adult learning facility.
I was under the impression that a learning facilities responsibility was to provide a safe, structured, professional, environment that allows someone to learn. NOT THIS PLACE. If a kid wants to come in there, disrupt and cheat their way through, regardless to what it affects the other students around them. It seems this place encouraged that.
The instructors are powerless to do anything about it. The facility lacks any negative consequence for it. After taking my problems all the way to the campus presidents office, where he acknowledged the issues himself. I was plainly told they can't do anything about it because they had to keep the parents happy and money flowing in, to put it plainly.
I agree 100% with what the other people in this forum have advised. Get in the field you'll learn MORE there. Buy the Motor Age Training books and study them. I've found most good technicians in the field love to pass on knowledge and teach, when they have the time. All I had to do was show respect, pay some dues,(mopping an occasional bay and cleaning up behind them), and be eager to learn.
UTI is a joke! Its a college dump, 80% of the kids at my campus were there cause they couldn't get into an academic college, and their parents wanted them out of the house.
I take this field, and my career serious. I believe that a level of integrity is needed to be a good Technician. Your literally holding peoples lives in your hands when you are doing repair work on their vehicles. I hold myself to a higher standard.
If a kid can't pull up his pants, properly use a $25.00 belt from Sears, and conduct himself in a responsible, professional manner. Would YOU trust him with your $25,000.00 car? I wouldn't.