Ohio Technical College Welcomes New Technical Training Director to Eastern Campus
Bob DiFranco is a sales and marketing professional who worked more than 20 years for PepsiCo as a Regional Sales Leader and Strategic Account Manager. Most recently, Bob worked as a Market Segment Leader for Wiseco’s Snowmobile, VTwin and Marine product lines and as Sales Manager for Performance Motorsports International’s U.S. Powersports business. He also managed PMI’s OEM Powersports business relationships.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree focused on Advertising, Marketing, Sales and Finance from Ohio University. He has attended Mid-Ohio’s Sports Car driving classes, has experience operating commercial vehicles and holds a Class A CDL and Motorcycle Operators License.
Bob places the highest priority on creating exciting and positive work environments that promote development of people as well as growing strong customer partnerships. He enjoys the customer side of business and developing long-term relationships. He worked with a team of employees and aftermarket companies to build a bike featured in a two-issue technical article in Iron Works magazine.
Bob joins the Ohio Technical College as Eastern Campus Technical Training Director bringing his love of Powersports and Automotive racing.
Ohio Technical College congratulates eleven students in Auto-Diesel class 275 for not only passing their MACS 609 certification test, but also passing their EPA 608 certification test with the highest possible level of certification – Universal Certification. Universal status means they are certified on all three levels and can work on very small to very large units that contain refrigerant. This Auto Diesel class is not new to success. Many of the students in this class have multiple ASE’s and seven are OTC Student Leaders. There will be many individual stand outs from this class alone when they graduate in February 2017.
For any student to achieve Universal level of certification they must pass three individual level tests. Level 1 is for small appliances that contain 5 pounds or less of refrigerant, such as refrigerators, water coolers, window air conditioners etc. Level 2 is for medium, high and very high pressure appliances which are installed on site refrigeration units that must be charged with refrigerant to work – like, they reach in and walk in coolers and freezers, split system air conditioning units, and roof top A/C units. What is especially important to these students is Type 2 Certification is required to service Transport Refrigeration Units – the units that cool down or freeze products that are transported in refrigerated trailers. Level 3 is for low pressure appliances. These units are large chillier air conditioning units that cool water down that is used in the air conditioning units of large buildings, arenas and stadiums.
Ohio Technical College is proud to announce our October Student of the Month. It is a fitting honor as we approach Veteran’s Day as this student served nine years in the US Army. William (Kirk) Jones is in his 11th month of Welding training and will graduate in December. He will have a short reprieve before starting up OTC’s 18-month Complete Automotive Technology Program in January. From his first day of training Jones has been the first to step forward when asked to volunteer and sets a positive example to his classmates. He is dedicated 100% of his energy to learning and improving his welding technique. The father of two young children works part-time on campus as a tour guide and curriculum assistant while maintaining 90% or higher on quarterly GPA’s.
Ohio Technical College is pleased to now be a member of the Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA).
EGSA is the world’s largest organization exclusively dedicated to On-Site Power Generation. The Association is comprised of over 750 companies—Manufacturers, Distributor/Dealers, Contractors/Integrators, Manufacturer’s Representatives, Consulting & Specifying Engineers, Service firms, End-Users and others—throughout the U.S. and around the world that make, sell, distribute and use On-Site Power generation technology and equipment, including generators, engines, switchgear, controls, voltage regulators, governors and much more. Being a member of EGSA will aid Ohio Technical College in the continuation in providing our students with the industry knowledge and resources to make them succeed.
OTC’s Advanced Generator Power Systems Training Program is a 12-academic week, 300 clock hour program was designed for the technician desiring to obtain one of the highest levels of training in the diesel equipment industry and with an eye on a career with worldwide demand. Enrollment status for this program requires successful completion of OTC’s Auto-Diesel Technology or Diesel Equipment Technology program. Graduates of the Generator Power Systems program have secured careers with companies such as Cummins, Detroit Diesel and Caterpillar, as well as with hospitals, cruise ship companies, oil drillers and refiners, and the government.
Ohio Technical College on EGSA Member Directory
Ohio Technical College Auto-Diesel student Derek Meadows AD-269 is planning a major relocation in July. Meadows who is a USMC veteran of four years knows what it’s like to move around, but even he admits this transfer will take a period of adjustment. Iceland is similar to Alaska in that the summer months the sun doesn’t completely set. You also have the flip side during the winter when during the winter months you may only have four hours of daylight. Meadows is heading to Iceland to work for Teitur – it is a motocoach tour company out of Kopavogi. “Companies over there are desperate for skilled and qualified diesel technicians,” says Meadows. “I was actually offered slightly more money to work for the Mercedes dealer there, but I wanted to work on bigger equipment.” Meadows was a diesel technical in the Marines, and now can add his OTC Auto-Diesel training to his growing list of in-demand skill sets. “Tourism is year round in Iceland, and the tour buses I will be working on need to be maintained for the heavy daily passenger loads,” he said.
Ohio Technical College welcomes new BMW STEP instructor Patrick Healy. Healy is originally from County Clare, Ireland and brings with him 30 years of experience working on European automobiles. For the past 10 years Healy has owned and operated his own shop but felt it was time for a change and thought sharing his knowledge with a new generation of technicians was a good course of action to take. Healy knows these vehicles are difficult to master and knows students will be well-challenged when it comes to diagnostics.