DENTON, Texas — Peterbilt Motors Co. has opened the company's fifth Peterbilt Technician Institute (PTI) campus in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., with the goal of preparing entry-level qualified diesel technicians to the Peterbilt dealer network.
Since it was launched in 2013, the PTI program has graduated more than 600 factory-certified technicians and has a 95% placement rate at a Peterbilt service location, according to the company.
Each PTI student earns 12 Peterbilt certifications, as well as certifications for both the PACCAR MX-11 and MX-13 engines, as they prepare for a career in the diesel industry. The program is in collaboration with Universal Technical Institute.
"The unique value proposition for graduates of PTI is finding its graduates jobs that often turn into long-term careers," PTI Program Manager Brian Brooks said.
Peterbilt's Technician Program Manager Curtis Crisp said the "50% growth of the Peterbilt dealer network this decade ensures that there are plenty of long-term career opportunities with our dealers, many of which begin as a diesel technician. Through the Peterbilt Technician Institute, Peterbilt is educating the next generation of diesel technicians to deliver exceptional service and drive uptime for our customers."
Denton-based Peterbilt provides aftermarket support programs through its 380-plus North American dealer locations.