Ohio Technical College has gone through a lot of changes over the past few decades.
In 1969, we were located on the second floor of a building in Cleveland’s Warehouse district and known as Ohio Diesel Mechanics School. We originally offered a six-week course with phases in Cummins 4-stroke engine, Detroit 2-stroke engine and basic diesel fundamentals.
Three years later, the School changed its name to Ohio Diesel Technical Institute and moved to an even larger facility in the heart of industrial Cleveland. In 1981, the increase in popularity of diesel cars prompted the School to expand its curriculum to include automotive diesel.
The tremendous demands of the constantly changing automotive service industry led to the development of an Automotive Technology program in 1984. Over the next several years, the facility was expanded to accommodate the growing Automotive Technician program and the Automotive/Diesel Master Technician program and then totaled nearly 500,000 square feet. In 1987, the name was changed to Ohio Auto/Diesel Technical Institute to better reflect the program offerings and a new program was added: the Motorcycle and Small Engine Training program.
The early nineties saw significant growth. The Automotive program expanded its length, a 300-clock-hour Stationary Standby Generator program started and an Auto Body Technician program was created to help fulfill the demand for trained auto body professionals.
One of the most significant developments in the history of the School occurred during 1994. A new Associate Degree program was developed and approved. The Associate of Technical Studies in Automotive and Diesel program provided graduates with the technical skills and expertise the School was known for and added well-rounded academic credentials to help graduates move into management positions. In 1995, due to the addition of this new program and degree-granting ability, Ohio Auto/Diesel Technical Institute changed its name to Ohio Auto Diesel Technical College.
The new millennium brought even more significant changes. In 2000, BMW of North America entered into contract with OTC to provide the FAST Track program, which stands for Factory Advanced Skilled Training. It is offered to any student wishing to secure up to Level II certification. BMW of North America entered into agreement to start the first Level I Service Technician Education Program class in 2002.
In 2003, the first High Performance and Racing and Alternative Fuel Technology classes began, and the Diesel Equipment Technology program was expanded to include heavy off-road and agricultural equipment. A year later, a Custom Paint and Graphics specialization program was added to the Auto Body program, creating a 15-week program option teaching airbrushing, pinstriping, flames, chameleon colors and custom painting techniques.
OTC’s Classic Car Restoration Technology program was approved to be offered in 2005. Also, the Outdoor Power Equipment course changed its name to Powersport Technology, and the curriculum was revised to focus more on motorcycle technology and the major manufacturers of Harley Davidson, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki.
In 2005, OTC improved its program offerings yet again to offer the Complete Automotive Technology program, which is 18 months in length and features the Automotive Technology program plus Alternative Fuels and High Performance and Racing. In addition, an Associate of Applied Science degree can be added to the program.
In 2008, the PowerSport Institute (PSI) branch campus was completed. Designed to house OTC's motorcycle technician training division, this 207,000-square-foot facility is unlike any training facility in the world and also serves as home to Kawasaki, Yamaha and Polaris/Victory factory training centers.
2010 brought an exciting new partnership as Ohio Technical College and Edelbrock teamed up to bring you the Edelbrock Academy. The Edelbrock Academy was designed to give students a solid foundation in the building and tuning of American muscle cars and performance vehicles. The comprehensive 12-week course is offered to advanced OTC students and portions of the 72-week High Performance and Racing program.
Today, Ohio Technical College stands at the forefront of technical colleges in diversity of programs, equipment and commitment to educational excellence.