Valley school sees hiring boom for students without a four year degree

One valley school says it's students are seeing a hiring boom in a down economy. They're even getting sign-on bonuses from employers!

So what's the job? Auto technician. 

Working on Nicholas Cage's former hot rod, or tuning a 650 horsepower Ford Mustang can earn you some big bucks. A standard 4-year degree is not for everyone, and it isn't necessarily the ticket to a good paying job these days.

That's why some students are working on getting certified as auto technicians at UTI, a school celebrating a big anniversary this year.

"50 years in the business started right here in the valley," 

It's a pretty cool setup, brand new high-end cars from all kinds of manufacturers are scattered around the building. The students are hands on, and the ones FOX 10 spoke to are pretty focused.

FOX 10 asked student Matthew Ellorin where he sees himself in five years. "Working in a dealership making money, doing what I love," he said.

Instructors at UTI say more and more baby boom auto technicians are retiring. It's creating a vaccuum of fewer and fewer people to work on complicated car engines and they say their students are getting snatched up.

"There were signing bonuses for our graduates. We're now finding that employers are coming six months in advance of a student graduating and offering them employment," said Michael Romano. 

An experienced auto tech can make up to a six figure income. The days of the grease monkey are gone. These days cars are filled with computers and complex electronics. Techs need to be skilled to work on them.

UTI is also giving away a Ford Mustang to celebrate their 50th anniversary, to enter visit:
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