Exclusive. World-class. Unprecedented. These are the words that describe the Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program (PTAP), a partnership between Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and Porsche Cars North America (PCNA). PTAP is a graduate training program that provides Porsche’s 188 dealerships in the United States with uniquely qualified entry-level technicians.
UTI, a top-notch technical education institution, has 12 locations in the U.S. It is the only school to offer the PTAP. Since 1965, UTI has been headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, and has graduated over 200,000 students.
Porsche, the iconic sports car manufacturer, has a staff that is known to consistently offer outstanding customer satisfaction. Furthermore, the technicians demonstrate an expertise that only a motivated, expertly-trained technician can deliver. That level of professionalism starts with PTAP.
Award-Winning Automotive Training
David Rogers, the national program manager at UTI, said, “UTI launched the PTAP program with Porsche Cars North America in 1999. UTI…has partnered directly with manufacturers of more than 30 top brands to create…sophisticated education programs in the automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine, and motorsports industries.”
The two training centers are located in Atlanta, GA, and Easton, PA, and offer an array of Porsche-specific courses.
PTAP’s Curriculum and Facilities
Rogers said, “PTAP is an exclusive 23-week, manufacturer-paid advanced training program that accepts only the best of the best for extensive training.”
A prerequisite is completion of UTI’s Automotive Technology Program that is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. PTAP’s courses include Porsche Heritage and sports car servicing, Cayenne & Panamera V6 and V-8 engines, and Carrera/Boxster/Cayman Pre-DFI engines.
“Students undergo an extensive evaluation and interview process,” said Rogers. The class enrolls only 12 students – “one of the best student-teacher ratios in the industry,” according to UTI representatives. Students use Porsche-specific tools, workshop equipment, and Porsche models built over the previous seven years. Graduates of the program are eligible for employment with authorized Porsche dealers.
In 2015, UTI’s student body totaled 13,200. Almost 97 percent of the students are male and about 80 percent are ages 18-24. Adult learners (career-changers) total 20 percent and veterans account for 10 percent of the students.
Rogers said, “However, Porsche does require that graduates from the program work for a Porsche dealership upon graduation with a minimum one year commitment.”
Success Before and After Graduation
Daniel Addie, 22, had a 4.0 GPA from UTI. He said, “I chose PTAP because it was the hardest thing to do and I like a challenge.” Currently, he is working at a Porsche dealership and pursuing additional certification. “I love my job,” he said, exemplifying the value of the program both to Porsche and students alike.
The PTAP program began almost 17 years ago and it’s an example of how UTI partners directly with manufacturers to create real-world programs that provide effective training solutions. With this proven record of success, students can feel confident about their decision to learn from two industry leaders.
Carlos DellaMaddalena, the director of external communications at UTI, is acknowledged for his assistance and commitment toward the development of this post.