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Old 09-25-2012, 10:21 AM
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Tech school?

Going to get out of the army after 8.5 years soon and I was considering uti/wyotech programs with te ford FACT program. Keep in mind tuition is of no concern as being disabled its covered by uncle Sam and i get an initial tool purchase supposedly between $7-14k upon completion. My main concern is job opprtunity and salary. Anyone do or know someone who did this type of program and how easy it was to get a job? How much is a realistic wage starting? I know there are other threads on this but they're all old or revolve around tuition cost but like I said its free wherever I go.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:41 PM
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I went to WyoTech Laramie campus, did the diesel program, ASM and chassis fab. I knew a bit about diesel going into the program but they teach more by the book and the proper way to do things. The school is also very keen on attendance and appearance, coming from the military you should have no problem with that. ASM is a how to business class, i dont recommend it unless you plan to run your own business. Chassis Fab is a difficult class but was the most rewarding for me.

As for jobs, I graduated in March 08 got a job at Caterpillar in May 08, starting pay around 14.50 with a raise every six months, Feb 09 economy hit the ****ter, got laid off, had a new mechanic job within 3 weeks.

The education will work for you in getting a job if you take it seriously and you present yourself to employers in a way that shows you went to school, you learned and you know what your are doing, 3/4 of the students are there because they couldn't cut it in college and/or their parents just wanted to send them away, and in my opinion they give the school a bad rep. As for uti, my biased opinion is that that is where the quicky lube techs go to school.
Good luck to you in your future. Oh and its also cold as balls in Wyoming FYI
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:02 PM
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Originally Posted by ajfrac View Post
Going to get out of the army after 8.5 years soon...
Thanks for your service. My brother is in Marine boot right now. Good luck on whatever you decide.
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