Complete FAQs

Application Process

How do I receive/request a student packet?

Click this button: Download Application Packet

If you need one mailed to you – just give us a call at (970) 292-2030 or email us at admission@uxoglobal.com.

How do I return the completed packet?

Completed required paperwork may be returned in the following ways:

  • Mail to
    Peak Technical Institute
    ATTN: UXO Global
    235 S Old Glory Rd, Suite 205
    Maryville, TN 37801
  • Fax to (855) 420-1618
  • Email to admissions@uxoglobal.com

Is there a physical required?

You are required to pass an OSHA Physical prior to working as a UXO Tech I. UXO Global does not require you to get the physical done before attending the course, however it is highly recommended.

To work as a UXO Tech I you are required to pass all the physical requirements of OSHA Regulation 29 CFR Part 1910.120.

For the OSHA Physical, in addition to some extensive medical forms that must be completed, the following 9 tests are also required:

Vital Signs, Vision: Near and Far, Audiogram, a baseline Pulmonary Function Test (PFT), Electrocardiogram (EKG), Chest X-Ray (1View), Blood Chemistry Panel,  CBC with Differential, U/A Dip.

We recommend that the student pass the physical prior to attending the school to confirm the student is eligible to perform the needed duties of a UXO Tech I, as well as provide them with the needed paperwork to be employed immediately after graduation. If you choose to get the physical prior to attending the course please make sure to keep a copy for your own records.

However, due to the fact that some (not all) employers will pay for the physical once you are hired, getting the physical prior to the course is optional.

If you choose not to get the physical you will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability confirming that you understand the risks and disadvantages of not getting the physical done prior to the course. If you get the physical after attending the class and do not pass, you will still be responsible for any additional monies owed (if any) to UXO Global.

Am I required to complete a drug screening?

Yes, you are required to submit results from a 10 panel drug screen that has been taken within 30 days of the start of the class. If your doctor requires a written request to complete the drug test, please contact UXO Global and we will send the request to your doctor.

 

If you have not received a drug test prior to arriving, a third-party vendor will perform the drug-test, on-site.

Is the background Check required? Can I have a background check in my town of residence?

Yes, results from a federal criminal history background check are required. These results must come from the national level, rather than the state or local level.

UXO Global will perform these background checks for students for a fee of $25.00. The authorization form to give UXO Global permission to run it is included in the registration packet.

Your background check should be run in the country in which you reside.

What is the age limit for students in the class?

Students must be at least 18 years of age to attend UXO Tech I. There are no other age restrictions.

What are the educational requirements for UXO Tech I students?

You must have a High School Diploma or GED. Students should be proficient and able to speak, read, and write the English language.

We require original copies of your High School or GED transcripts. If you need a request form, please email admissions@gopti.com.

Why do I have to provide my t-shirt size?

All students are provided UXO Global t-shirts.

What do I need to do to apply for the payment program?

Eligibility is based on the following:

  • Approval to apply by a PTI Agent, based on your financial status
  • Please note that there are a limited number of payment plan slots available per class.
  • Complete a Release to Perform Credit Check form enabling PTI to execute a credit check. The option of utilizing a Co-Signer* is available, if needed.
  • Pay the $10 non-refundable fee for the credit check (this can be in the form of cash, check, money order or by using one of PTI’s Payment Authorization Forms for Checking Account or Credit/Debit Accounts.)

*If using a Co-Signer, the Co-Signer Agreement must also be signed, and a $10 fee for the Co-Signer credit check is required.

For more information check out the Payment Plan section.

Payment Information

If I pay a deposit to hold my seat in the class, can I get a refund if I can’t attend the class?

Students not accepted to the school are entitled to all tuition paid.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing (via letter or email). Students not accepted to the school are entitled to all tuition paid (not including any non-refundable fees). Reasons to not be accepted include not passing the background check or credit check criteria.

Students who withdraw on or before the first day of classes or fail to begin classes are entitled to a full refund less an administrative fee of $100.

In the case of students withdrawing after commencement of classes, the school will retain a cancellation charge of $100 plus a percentage of tuition owed, which is based on the percentage of contact hours attended as described in the table below. The refund is based on the last date of recorded attendance

If I withdraw from the course, can I get a refund?

All cancellations must be submitted in writing (via letter or email). Students not accepted to the school are entitled to all tuition paid (not including any non-refundable fees). Reasons to not be accepted include not passing the background check or credit check criteria.

Students who withdraw on or before the first day of classes or fail to begin classes are entitled to a full refund less an administrative fee of $100.

In the case of students withdrawing after commencement of classes, the school will retain a cancellation charge of $100 plus a percentage of tuition owed, which is based on the percentage of contact hours attended as described in the table below. The refund is based on the last date of recorded attendance. A table detailing these percentages can be found in Application for Enrollment form in the application packet.

Are we eligible for FAFSA?

We do not qualify for FAFSA.

We do however have an in-house Payment Program that we offer to eligible students.

What do I need to do to apply for the payment program?

Eligibility is based on the following:

  • Approval to apply by a PTI Agent, based on your financial status
  • Please note that there are a limited number of payment plan slots available per class.
  • Complete a Release to Perform Credit Check form enabling PTI to execute a credit check. The option of utilizing a Co-Signer* is available, if needed.
  • Pay the $10 non-refundable fee for the credit check (this can be in the form of cash, check, money order or by using one of PTI’s Payment Authorization Forms for Checking Account or Credit/Debit Accounts.)

*If using a Co-Signer, the Co-Signer Agreement must also be signed, and a $10 fee for the Co-Signer credit check is required.

For more information check out the Payment Plan section.

Are student payments tax deductible?

Tuition fees paid to Peak Technical Institute for the Tech I course may qualify for the “Lifetime Learning Credit.” This is normally a 20% tax credit for the student up to a maximum credit amount of $2,000. Please consult with your tax professional.

Peak Technical Institute is not authorized to give out 1098-T’s due to the fact that we are not eligible for federal funding (AKA FAFSA).

Can I use my GI Bill Benefits to pay for the course?

Yes! Please see the VA Benefits section of our website.

Registered Students

What time does class start?

8 AM – and it never hurts to be a few minutes early!

What do I wear to class?

Dress Code: Long pants, jeans, or slacks – no shorts please. Also, please do not wear shirts that will be offensive to others. We do give you UXO Global T-shirts that you can wear or dress in any other appropriate shirt or collared shirt. No tank tops are allowed on the range.

As Tennessee’s weather often varies, we suggest you wear layers so that you are prepared for both hot and cold weather. A majority of the course is taught in the classroom; however, you will be outside as well. Some of the equipment that you will be using in the field does react to steel toed boots, so it is required that you bring over the ankle leather boots time on the range and on the grid.

What do I need to bring with me to the class?

For the most part everything you need to succeed will be provided for you. Although we recommend that you bring anything that will help you learn; highlighters, notebook, page tabs, etc.

Every student is provided an iPad for use during the course.

UXO & Tech I's

Is the HAZWOPER course required to be a UXO Tech I?

You are required to be HAZWOPER certified to work on DOD facilities as a UXO Tech I.

How often do I need to redo my certification?

UXO Tech I’s with a 36-month continuous break in the performances of MEC-related activities requires requalification as a UXO Tech I based on a comprehensive assessment or supervised on-the- job training. Requalification must be accomplished by attending a UXO Tech I requalification training course or completion of a comprehensive assessment or by supervised on-the-job training that the employer documents. For other personnel with a 36-month continuous break in the performances of MEC- related activities, when appropriate, provide supervised on-the-job training that is documented by the the employer. – DDESB TP-18 Paragraph 4.5

UXO Global's Tech I Course

How long is the course? What are the normal class hours?

The course is 4 weeks long, Monday through Saturday. Normal class hours are from 8:00am until 6:30pm. Range days will be longer.

What is the average class size?

Our average class size is around 10 students.

Is this course for ex-military or for anyone looking for a new career?

The course is for civilians. Military and retired military can take it; however, it is not limited to them.

Is your course certified by the Army Corps of Engineers?

There is currently no certification or approval provided by the Department of Defense or US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  If a school is telling you they are certified or approved, you are being misled.  Our course meets and exceeds the requirements set by the Department of Defense Explosive Safety Board TP-18 (DDESB TP-18) and the USACE.  Working the USACE, we facilitate our graduating students with obtaining their USACE “Corps number” upon graduation, which allows them to work on all DoD sites.

Does the ,325 course fee include the Hazardous Waste Operations (HAZWOPER) course?

No, the HAZWOPER course is a separate course and the fee for it is $550.

Does the UXO tuition include room and board, or transportation?

No. Room, board, and transportation are the student’s responsibility. Information about local housing is available on our Local Information page.

What percentage of UXO students get jobs after graduation?

We will help point you in the right direction, but we do not ensure placement into jobs after you complete the course. We offer an industry day on graduation day to help students get in touch with prospective employers. We cannot put a percentage on employment rates because we do not require students to report back to us on their employment status.

What is the pass/fail rate for UXO students?

Currently we are at 98% pass rate.

What are the topics covered during the 4 weeks of classes?

The following are the main topics covered in our UXO Course. These topics are further broken down during the four weeks.

  • Range Clearance Activities
  • Measurements and Mathematical Computations
  • Electricity
  • Physics
  • Explosives and Explosive Effects
  • Military Fuze Functioning
  • Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC) and Explosive Safety Precautions
  • Surface Munitions Identification
    • Projectile & Projectile Bullets
    • Land Mines & Associated Components
    • Pyrotechnic Items
    • Rockets & Rocket Fuzes
    • Grenade & Grenade Fuzes
    • Submunitions
  • Air Ordnance Identification (dropped or launched)
    • Bombs and bomb fuzes
    • Guided missiles and missile fuzes
    • Rockets and rocket fuzes
    • Pyrotechnic items
  • Chemical Munitions Identification (Chemical Munitions and Chemical Warfare Material (CWM))
  • Pyrotechnic Munitions Identification
  • Underwater Munitions Identification
  • Detection Equipment
    • Schonstedt GA-52C
    • Schonstedt GA-72d
    • MIL-D1
    • Whites MXT
    • Down Hole Detectors
    • Geo Mapping Equipment
    • GPS Theory
  • Munitions Response Planning
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Demolition Materials
  • Firing Systems
  • Demilitarization Procedures
  • Storage, Handling and Transportation of Explosives (Military and Commercial)
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