Universal Technical Institute opens first campus in N.J.

Universal Technical Institute announced Monday it has opened enrollment to prospective students at its new campus in New Jersey.

The campus, which is located in Bloomfield and comprised of 108,000 square feet, will train students for technology-based jobs as automotive and diesel transportation technicians.

“As we hear every day from our employer partners, there is a clear, significant and unmet demand for trained automotive and diesel technicians,” said UTI-Bloomfield Campus President Steve McElfresh. “We give students the skills needed to fill these jobs, which cannot be outsourced, automatized or offshored, and offer opportunities to build rewarding, long-term careers.”

Classes for approximately 800 students will begin in the fall, UTI said. Students can complete the program and be ready to work in 11 to 18 months.

The new campus in Bloomfield is the company’s first entry into New Jersey and the tri-state area, and will be its 13th campus throughout the nation.

“We are thrilled to have a UTI campus in the Northeast,” said John Cragg, Executive Vice President – East Operations at Penske Automotive Group. “UTI is a vital source of the technicians we need to operate our 32 dealerships and collision centers in the tri-state area, and our demand for these highly skilled employees only continues to grow.”

“The response and support we’ve seen from local leaders, the community and employers is inspiring,” McElfresh added. “We could not have selected a better location than Bloomfield, where we’ll be able to offer new career paths and promising futures to hundreds of students every year.”