Demand for mechanics is increasing today and Ohio Technical College has been enjoying rapid growth. OTC was originally established to teach diesel mechanics, but has evolved beyond that goal. An Automotive Technician Program was added in 1989 and a new Associate Degree Program was begun in 1994.
Some OTC programs have an 80 percent job placement rate. OTC offers technician training programs in Automotive, Diesel, Auto-Diesel, Collision Repair, Classic Car Restoration, High Performance and Racing, Welding and PowerSport Technology as well as specialization in BMW, Alternative Fuel Vehicles, Custom Bike Building, Custom Paint and Graphics, and Power Generator Systems. Motorcycle technician training is provided through PowerSport Institute, a branch campus of OTC in North Randall, Ohio.
A new School of Welding, sponsored by Lincoln Electric, opened in 2010. The school has also teamed up with Edelbrock to create Edelbrock Performance Academy, which is designed to give students a solid foundation in the building and tuning of American muscle cars and performance vehicles.
Students who attend OTC receive both classroom and hands-on training. Approximately 60 days before a student graduates, he or she is required to attend a job-seeking skills seminar aimed at helping find employment. Among companies employing OTC graduates are Classic Auto Body, Classic Auto Group, Ford Motor Co., Rousch Racing, Seme & Sons Engine Rebuilding and Summit Racing. The school has on-campus recruitment opportunities that auto repair businesses can get involved in.
For information on the school contact: Ohio Technical College – Main Campus, 1374 East 51 St., Cleveland, OH 44103. You can also call 1-800-322-7000.