PHOENIX, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a
leading technical education institution, has united with Porsche Cars North
America (PCNA) to develop the Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program
(PTAP), a graduate training program that will provide Porsche dealerships with
qualified entry-level technicians.
In order to preserve exceptional customer satisfaction, PCNA relies on a
consistent high level of performance and expertise from the staff in their
dealer network. As a result, Porsche dealers need highly motivated skilled
and extremely competent service technicians. In fact, PCNA estimates each of
their 184 U.S. dealerships currently requires one or more technicians.
Operated in partnership with UTI, PTAP is a four-month graduate program
structured around Porsche's mechanical and electrical systems. Students
enrolled in PTAP will learn key skills such as information technology,
electronics theory, computer systems and mechanical competencies. At the end
of the program, students will qualify as a Porsche service technician. In
order to graduate, they are required to master a predetermined set of skills.
Afterwards, graduates will be eligible for employment with hiring authorized
Before entering PTAP, students must complete UTI's ASE Mastered Certified
Automotive Technology Program. UTI's automotive technology training includes
coursework in computer systems, diagnostics, troubleshooting and service and
"UTI's automotive technology program teaches the fundamental skills we
require for apprentices," says Chris Gilman, technical training manager for
PCNA. "This basic knowledge is essential to the development of competent
Each student's training tuition is paid by PCNA and the hiring authorized
Porsche dealer. "Because the demand for technicians is high, PTAP graduates
can basically hand pick the dealer they want to work for," says Gilman.
"Since Porsche is a forerunner in the advancement of automotive technology,
it's an exciting time to work for one of our dealers. When a technician
starts a career with Porsche, they stay with Porsche."
Located in Atlanta, Ga., the Porsche Cars service training center is near
the U.S. headquarters for PCNA. The 11,000 square-foot facility houses two
classrooms and two workshop areas. The center also provides Porsche-specific
tools, workshop equipment and Porsche models built over the previous seven
PCNA is the sole and exclusive importer and distributor of Porsche
automobiles, automobile parts and accessories for the United States and
Canada. PCNA was formed in January 1984 and began operation in September
1984. In January 1995, PCNA assumed distribution operations for Canada. PCNA
sells Porsche automobiles, parts and accessories through 207 dealers in the
U.S. and Canada. Log on to www.us.porsche.com for more information.
Founded in 1965 in Phoenix, Ariz., UTI is recognized as one of the top
technical education institutions in the U.S. UTI offers accelerated
career-specific training in automotive, diesel, heating/ventilation/air
conditioning/refrigeration, marine, motorcycle and personal watercraft. The
company has graduated more than 50,000 students and maintains campuses in
Phoenix, Ariz.; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Glendale Heights,
Ill. and Houston, Tex. For more information about UTI and automotive graduate
training programs, log on to www.uticorp.com.
SOURCE Universal Technical Institute