August 13th, 2018
Client: Universal Technical Institute
Source: Daily Herald
“It didn’t take long for Giovanni Lopez to realize he fit in perfectly around Universal Technical Institute’s Lisle campus.
Lopez isn’t a student at the vocational school. He hasn’t even finished high school yet. But he spent three weeks of his summer waking up at 4 a.m. to make the drive from Midlothian to Lisle for a new course exposing teens to increasingly complex technology in cars.
In the first lab at UTI, Lopez and his classmates had to take apart GM’s 4.3 liter, V6 engine. It was hardly an intimidating exercise for Lopez, who tinkers with a similar engine at home. But the engine teardown — three days into the course — was still a thrilling moment that seemed to solidify his decision to pursue a career as a diesel technician.
“With a 100 percent attendance rate, I really feel comfortable that somebody is going to hire me,” said Lopez, a rising senior who’s headed to UTI after he graduates from Bremen High School. “I am committed and also serious about what I want to do.””