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Cummins and Universal Technical Institute Announce Diesel Technician Program Expansion


-- Cummins Engine Program Offered at UTI-Exton --

EXTON, PA--April 4, 2013: Universal Technical Institute (UTI) -- the leading provider of automotive, diesel, motorcycle and marine technician training -- is now offering a Cummins engine program at its Exton campus. To celebrate the new program, UTI-Exton will hold a grand opening on Thursday, April 4 th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.

Cummins' elective program, exclusively available at select UTI campuses, is offered to students who have completed UTI's core Diesel and Industrial Program, providing them with 12 weeks of intense training on the latest Cummins technologies. The Cummins Engine Elective trains students on Cummins mid-range and heavy-duty engines, which power vehicles from RVs to buses to tractor trailers. Graduates of the program will receive certification on Cummins systems and products -- equipping them with a competitive advantage over other entry-level technicians. Select students may also be endorsed by a Cummins distributor, providing them with an employment guarantee and eligibility for tuition reimbursement.

"The UTI Cummins program is the only place in North America outside a Cummins training facility where a technician can earn Cummins-specific qualifications," said John Casey, VP of Operations for Cummins Power Systems, LLC. "With UTI's strong reputation as an industry leader in cultivating top-notch automotive and diesel technicians, it was a natural fit to expand these electives to UTI's Exton campus."

The Bureau Labor of Statistics (BLS) reports that there will be an estimated 277,400 diesel technicians employed in the United States by 2020, an increase of 35,200 new jobs since 2010. According to the report, "As more freight is shipped across the country, additional diesel-powered trucks will be needed. As a result, diesel mechanics will be needed to maintain and repair the nation's truck fleet. Demand for new workers in the freight trucking repair and maintenance industries is expected to drive overall diesel mechanic job growth."

"Our relationship with Cummins provides the diesel industry with a steady flow of well-trained, professional entry-level technicians who are certified to work on various Cummins engines and systems," said Robert Kessler, Regional Vice President of Operations at UTI. "UTI sets the standard for technical education, and these electives demonstrate our commitment to sending the best diesel technicians into the industry."