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Universal Technical Institute (UTI) announced today the recent approval of its Airframe and Powerplant Technician program by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at the Miramar campus, marking the initiation of classes. UTI, Inc.’s transportation, skilled trades, and energy education division, Universal Technical Institute, offers this 18-month program to students at Miramar, imparting skills in diagnosing, repairing, and maintaining aircraft and power plant components.

Upon completion, graduates are well-positioned for entry-level roles in the aviation field and are eligible to apply and test for an FAA-issued mechanic certificate. UTI-Miramar becomes the fifth campus to provide an aircraft mechanic program, joining the ranks of UTI-Avondale in Arizona, UTI-Long Beach in California, MIAT-Canton in Michigan, and MIAT-Houston in Texas.

Tracy Lorenz, President of Universal Technical Institute, expressed the institution’s commitment to meeting the demand for skilled professionals, stating, “We continue to optimise our existing campus footprint to offer more workforce solutions in regions where they are most in-demand.” Lorenz emphasised the collaborative efforts with local leaders to support a well-trained workforce and further economic goals.

Lorenz added, “This completes the rollout of 14 new programs that, nationally, can provide over 1,000 students annually with educational opportunities in skilled trades and energy fields. Over the next year, we expect to reach even more students as we launch additional programs.”

City of Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam expressed excitement about the approval of the Airframe and Powerplant Technician program, stating, “This is exciting news for future students and our local aviation industry. We look forward to our continued collaboration with Universal Technical Institute.”

With projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating that total aviation technician employment is expected to exceed 146,000 by 2032, the approval of the program aligns with the growing demand for skilled professionals in the aviation industry. This demand is driven, in part, by a rebound in post-pandemic air travel and a wave of retirements among industry workers.

In addition to the aviation program, UTI-Miramar offers programs in Diesel Technology (45 weeks), Welding Technology (36 weeks), and Automotive Technology Training (51 weeks). Graduates of the Automotive Technology program can further enroll in BMW FastTrack, a 12-week Manufacturer Specific Advanced Training program, with the first Miramar class graduating on Nov. 17. Impressively, 66 percent of the graduates received employment offers from local BMW dealerships.

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