Universal Technical Institute has opened enrollment to prospective students at its new campus in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Classes will begin in the fall.
The Bloomfield campus is UTI’s first campus in the tri-state area and is its thirteenth campus nationwide.
The 108,000-square-foot facility will offer hands-on, high-tech training to approximately 800 students at full capacity. According to UTI, students can complete core automotive and diesel technology programs and be ready to work in 11 to 18 months.
“As we hear every day from our employer partners, there is a clear, significant and unmet demand for trained automotive and diesel technicians,” said UTI-Bloomfield Campus President Steve McElfresh. “We give students the skills needed to fill these jobs, which cannot be outsourced, automatized or offshored, and offer opportunities to build rewarding, long-term careers.”
According to new projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than 1.2 million job openings in the automotive, diesel and collision repair industries, and the transportation industry will have to fill more than 120,000 technician job openings every year.
To help students graduate with the knowledge and skills employers want, UTI campuses across the nation partner with both local employers and transportation industry leaders, including brands like BMW, Cummins, Ford, Freightliner, Mercedes-Benz, NASCAR, Peterbilt, Porsche and Volvo. UTI partners invest in campus facilities, outfit training labs with the most current vehicles, technology and tools, and guide educational programs.
“We are thrilled to have a UTI campus in the Northeast,” said John Cragg, executive vice president – east operations at Penske Automotive Group. “UTI is a vital source of the technicians we need to operate our 32 dealerships & collision centers in the tri-state area, and our demand for these highly skilled employees only continues to grow. We know we can rely on UTI for quality, professional technicians with high-tech skills to meet the ever increasing requirements in automotive service. Our company offers generous compensation and incentive packages to attract and retain the best UTI graduates.”
The Bloomfield campus is accessible from the New York/New Jersey rail and bus systems, and will predominantly serve a commuter population. Additionally, UTI said it is making attending the school easier and more affordable with flexible curriculum that helps students fit classroom time into their work and family schedules.