Train for All Four SeasonsBecome well-versed on a wide variety of manufacturers in one complete program, including access to actual manufacturer training and recognitions for those who qualify.
“Excuses are just reasons you use that hold you back,” says PSI graduate Zec Vanburen. Vanburen's unique perspective is due to the fact he was born legally blind, but has never once used that as an excuse to not purpose his goals, or to be successful at what makes him happy. “My high school teachers didn’t even know I had problems with my vision. I have just learned to adapt with what I was born with.” He relies a lot on his sense of touch when it comes to close-quarters, hands-on applications. Vanburen is a 2017 graduate of Troy High School and Upper Valley Career Center where he took AG and Diesel training. With his family owning a 600 acre farm with corn and soybean crops, his AG and diesel skills have come in handy. While he was in high school he worked two jobs. One of them at a business where he designed and programed industrial robots – like what you’d find on an assembly line that are designed and programed to do a specific task. Motorcycles and off-road equipment were always a passion for him, so he eventually moved to Cleveland to attend OTC’s PowerSport Institute for motorcycle training. COVID brought a silver lining to Vanburen in that he was able to return home for several months to continue working on robotics. He saved enough money to purchase a house locally, that he spent time fixing up. “I looked at it as an investment." At 22-years old Vanburen has accomplished a lot, and is not letting anything slow him down. “Ideally I’d like to have my own business back in the Troy area working on motorcycles and off-road equipment.”
- Zec Vanburen
Many of our students work part-time (and sometimes even full-time) jobs while they attend classes, and PSI graduate Alejandro Garnica (PT-87) was no different. He enjoyed his job as a valet with V.I.P. Valet in Cleveland and was placed at some high-end locations in the greater Cleveland area. In this short employment window he met a lot of celebrities. “Where else can you work where a famous person hands you the keys to their car?” All V.I.P employees have to sign an NDA to keep celebrity and other VIP sightings confidential. Within 2 weeks of beign hired he drove every dream car on his list. One weekend he parked a Rolls Royce - no big deal. “If these types of cars intimidate you, this probably isn’t the right job for you,” he says. The job is fast paced as cars are always arriving and people are always leaving. “There is no shortage of cars to park.” Garnica worked 5 days a week and said one of the big draws for him in taking the job was the flexibility of hours he could work.
- Alejandro Garnica
FactOhio is a top 5 state with the highest employment levels in motorcycle technicians (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Highlights25:1 Student Instructor ratio creating in-depth hands on personal training
Projections Growth over 3% is projected for diesel, collision and motorcycle technicians by the end of the decade (*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
FactsNortheast Ohio is ranked #2 with the highest employment in motorcycle technicians in a nonmetropolitan area (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
The Power Sport Technology program provides students with learning experiences which will enable them to learn industry job functions and attain service, maintenance, and diagnostic skills. The program covers core information on motorcycle internal combustion engines, primary drive operation, transmission power flow, fuel system operation, electrical and suspension systems. Utilizing service center environment methods, the course prepares the successful student to understand and practice multiple roles and job functions used in the field. Students will learn maintenance on motorcycles, personal watercrafts, ATV’s, and snowmobiles from a variety of manufacturers. Following the fundamental core training, students will then move into specific training on major manufacturers including Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki and others.
Rev Up Into a New Career
This training program will provide you with the foundational technical training that will enhance troubleshooting skills to diagnose fuel and electrical-related issues in common motorcycle, snowmobile, ATV and other powersport technologies. Ohio Technical College is proud to have solid, lasting relationships with many organizations, businesses and industry entities. These partnerships not only benefit the students, but the powersport industry as a whole.
Get your degree!
As a graduate of this Associate of Applied Science Degree program, you’ll enter the industry with the confidence of obtaining a career degree after receiving personal guidance from Ohio Technical College instructors who are all industry-experienced professionals!
Manufacturer Specific Training
In our manufacturer specific training modules, we will train you on the top motorcycle manufacturers such as Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha, Polaris, and Indian to get your dealer recognitions.