Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a Phoenix-based school that was founded in 1965, is adding a new EV-oriented curriculum to its Ford FACT (Ford Accelerated Credential Training) program. The new course is another step in UTI’s strategy of offering new EV certifications in certain manufacturer-specific advanced training (MSAT) programs.
Nine of UTI’s 14 campuses currently offer Ford FACT, a 15-week advanced training program. Since Ford and UTI launched FACT in 1999, more than 25,000 students have graduated from the program.
The new Ford EV curriculum will feature blended learning courses on High Voltage Systems Safety, Hybrid Vehicle Components and Operation, Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Components and Operation and an introduction to High Voltage Battery Service, as well as a Ford instructor-led class on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Operation and Diagnosis.
Ford FACT graduates will have the opportunity to achieve Ford’s High Voltage Systems Certification, in addition to the 11 certifications the program already offers. Ford FACT graduates also train in three additional certification pathways that require certain classes to be taken at a Ford training center.
Ford is providing a new PHEV vehicle to each campus to provide students with hands-on training.
“Ford has been working with UTI for more than 20 years to ensure our students receive state-of-the-industry training,” said UTI CEO Jerome Grant. “Demand for our graduates remains strong, and by staying at the forefront of new technologies like EV, we are building the workforce of tomorrow and supplying automakers like Ford with the skilled technicians they need to adapt to consumer demand.”
“Ford has been investing in building a pipeline of qualified technicians for years now, and our alliance with Universal Technical Institute allows us to do that through the Ford FACT program,” said Elizabeth Tarquinto, Ford Manager of Technical Support Operations, NA. “The enhancements we’re making to the program ensure that Ford and Lincoln Dealers across the country will be able to find certified technicians ready to work on the vehicles of the future, and help them keep up with consumer demand for hybrid and electric vehicle service.”
Source: Universal Technical Institute