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 Porsche dealers. 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 repair. "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 Porsche technicians." 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 years. 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.
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