Birdville Center of Tech & Advanced Learning Earns Top Prize
Fifty teams from high schools in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas came to Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) Dallas/Fort Worth campus on January 23 to show off their automotive skills and compete for prizes in UTI’s third annual Top Tech Challenge.
Terek Lopez and Trey Jackson from Birdville Center of Tech & Advanced Learning in North Richland Hills placed ninth in the competition and both team members received a $1,000 UTI scholarship.
The teams of two competed in five different areas: parts identification, brake problems, climate control, electrical problems and a written, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test with a panel of UTI-Dallas/Fort Worth instructors judging their work.
“This competition allows students to see firsthand the highly-specialized training and technical knowledge required to become an automotive technician,” said Jesus Miranda, campus president of UTI-Dallas/Fort Worth. “Plus, it’s a great opportunity for students with a passion for the automotive industry to put their skills to the test in a real-world setting with state-of-the-art equipment.”
Today’s transportation service technicians are experts in the complex and innovative digital systems that keep modern vehicles running, and technicians with high-tech, hands-on training are in demand. The nation will need 1.2 million automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine service technicians by 2024. According to government projections, this will mean an average of 37,000 job openings annually.
“Our industry partners throughout the state of Texas can’t find enough trained automotive technicians to fill the jobs they have. As Baby Boomers retire and the number of vehicles on the road continues to grow, the urgent demand for trained technicians will further increase,” said Miranda.
About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.:
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 190,000 graduates in its 50-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree and diploma programs at 12 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI), and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).