BELMONT — After serving in the Army for 16 years, including five years active duty, Thomas Costa has found a rewarding career path as a diesel technician.
Costa, of Belmont, has started on the path toward a rewarding career as a diesel technician for PepsiCo in Manchester.
To get the skills and credentials he needed, Webster built on his military experience working with electronics and maintaining his service vehicle with an automotive and diesel education at Universal Technical Institute, driving four hours each day to attend classes at the Norwood, Mass., campus.
Costa enrolled in UTI's automotive and diesel program in 2013 and took a year off when he was mobilized for the Army Reserves. When he returned from his service Costa finished his education at UTI. He met with PepsiCo during a campus job fair and started work as a fleet service technician at the company's Manchester facility immediately after graduation.
Like many employers of industry technicians, creating a pipeline of qualified, entry-level candidates to both replace retiring technicians and meet demand from business growth is a continual concern for PepsiCo.
Shawn Alexander, campus president of UTI-Norwood, says many local employers like PepsiCo are working closely with UTI to help them build their job pipeline and fill open positions for qualified, entry-level technicians.
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