February 1, 2021 11:15 AM, EST

DTNA Finish First to Expand to East Coast

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Daimler Trucks North America and Universal Technical Institute are expanding DTNA Finish First to UTI’s Orlando campus in summer 2021.

The program, an elective offered exclusively at UTI, trains students to maintain, diagnose and repair DTNA’s brands, including Freightliner, Western Star and Detroit. UTI campuses in Avondale, Ariz., and Lisle, Ill., currently offer the Finish First program. 

“Orlando will be the first UTI campus on the East Coast to offer DTNA Finish First, giving our students in that region the opportunity, in just 12 weeks, to receive manufacturer-specific certifications that might otherwise take years to earn in the field,” said Sherrell Smith, executive vice president of campus operations and services for UTI. “Skilled technicians in the medium- and heavy-duty truck field are in demand and have been essential workers throughout the pandemic, so this program creates valuable opportunities for people looking to train for good jobs in stable careers.”

Graduates of UTI’s 45-week core diesel program can apply for the Finish First elective, which is led by DTNA-certified program instructors who bring their real-

world industry experience to the program. After the 12-week program, graduates are eligible to work at a DTNA dealer. Graduates who pass qualification tests and participate in module-based training can earn Professional Level Technician status.

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