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.To learn more about BMW programs visit www.ohiotech.edu and click on the manufacturer tab or view the YouTube video.