CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Technical College is one of five locations in the country to offer an official 24-week BMW Service Technician Education Program (STEP).
The BMW STEP program is a manufacturer-specific training program that allows OTC’s top-performing students to train on the latest BMW models and advanced technologies. As part of the program, BMW covers the cost of tuition in accordance with established terms of employment upon graduation.
In addition to the BMW STEP course, OTC offers a specialized 12-week program called "BMW Fast Track" to provide training on BMW technical systems, body electronics, new engine technology, engine electronics, brake systems and chassis dynamics. If students complete the courses to BMW standards, they will be awarded BMW certifications. Fast Track students can then enter the workforce as a BMW level 3 technician or may also apply for STEP.
“Ohio Technical College began offering this excellent training program in 1999, and recent graduates are successfully working for BMW as technicians, body and paint specialists, shop foremen, service advisors and managers,” said Paul Dietz, BMW STEP program director, OTC. “OTC has anywhere from 18-25 BMW vehicles on site at any given time to be used for student training aids. Hands-on training is essential in preparing students for high-level careers at BMW dealerships.”
The college has a direct link to BMW in Germany through the BMW server called ISIS (Integrated Service Information Server). This direct access provides the college with the latest BMW diagnostic and user guide information as well as the ability to receive quick feedback on any complicated BMW maintenance issues that may arise. BMW provides the college with specific BMW OEM tools and test equipment to use on all BMW makes and models. By using the same tools as the OEM’s, students develop added confidence and the additional knowledge for when they begin working in a BMW dealership.
About Ohio Technical College
Ohio Technical College (OTC) is an accredited private, proprietary technical school dedicated to providing premier technical training in the world of modern mechanics by pursuing industry alliances, providing outstanding training equipment and focusing on the needs of individual students. An Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) college, OTC and its PowerSport Institute branch campus encompass nearly 800,000 sq. feet of classroom and workshop space. 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 the PowerSport Institute, a branch campus of OTC in North Randall, Ohio. For more information, call 800.322.7000 ext. 163; or visit www.ohiotech.edu and www.psi-now.com.