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Detonation: Peterbilt Technician Institute

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John Lehenbauer
Aug 29, 2019
The shortage of skilled diesel technicians throughout the U.S. is a growing concern for many businesses. Companies that employ techs are finding it difficult to fill positions with qualified people, and the outlook for the future is not good. One estimate says there will be 1.2 million diesel-tech job openings by 2026 if things continue unchanged.
Schools like Universal Technical Institute (a Diesel Power Challenge sponsor) are working hard to change this trend by filling job vacancies with skilled, able-bodied employees. UTI offers a multitude of courses that teach students the skills they need to have a leg up entering the workforce. With hard work and dedication to the craft, students, upon graduation, are prepared for employment opportunities at truck dealerships and other diesel-engine-repair facilities, and UTI even has programs that help place graduates in jobs.
To further enhance its diesel curriculum, UTI has partnered with different engine and truck manufacturers to offer advanced programs. These courses give students more specialized training on specific engines and equipment.
One of the companies UTI joined forces with is Peterbilt. Together, they have developed a series of classes that prepare students to find work repairing Peterbilt trucks. The Peterbilt Technician Institute is an advanced course that is above and beyond the normal curriculum of a UTI diesel-tech student. Candidates for the program must first complete their normal course work at UTI to be considered. Only the best and brightest students are sought after for PTI.
Photo 2/3   |   Detonation Peterbilt Technician Institute 01
Those who make the cut go through a 12-week program that focuses on the skills and knowledge it takes to be a good Peterbilt technician. Students get hands-on training with company products and technologies, including trucks and the PACCAR MX-13 engines that power them. Training also includes courses that prepare them for careers in HVAC, chassis, brakes, and electrical repair, along with troubleshooting and diagnostics.
In conjunction with the hands-on training, graduates of the program leave with 12 Peterbilt Certifications that reinforce their thorough understanding of the curriculum. Receiving the certs helps them advance their careers as Peterbilt technicians in the estimated 5,000 positions that need to be filled in the next five years at Peterbilt-authorized facilities.
Since 2014, with a 90 percent job-placement rate for graduating students, PTI has proved to be a successful program at UTI campuses across the U.S. The PTI program's success encouraged its recent expansion to the Rancho Cucamonga, California, UTI campus, the fourth campus to offer PTI.
Photo 3/3   |   A ribbon-cutting ceremony was part of the festivities for the Peterbilt Technician Institute inauguration at the Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Local dignitaries, staff, and students took part in the celebration.
The inaugural class at Rancho Cucamonga started on August 12, 2019. This first group of students was handpicked by the PTI staff. To celebrate the program's start, a celebration was held on Friday, August 16, in a hall on the UTI campus. UTI and PTI staff, along with local dignitaries, gathered and talked about the PTI program, its importance to the community, and the opportunities it offers students. There was even a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially kick off the program.
The opening of a PTI course in California is particularly significant for Peterbilt and students because the network of dealers and repair facilities on the West Coast that specialize in Peterbilts needs skilled technicians. In California alone, there are five dealer groups ready to hire students straight from the program, with even more opportunities in neighboring states.
UTI and PTI offer great opportunities for young men and women interested in pursuing careers in diesel repair. These schools can provide the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed. Hopefully, programs like this will be able to fill the deficit of skilled diesel technicians.
John
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