Manufacturer Training Program

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Students train to pursue careers with world-class manufacturers

Elite Manufacturer Training – BMW Mechanic – Volvo Mechanic

Automotive Manufacturer specific training programs allow qualified students the opportunity to train for a rewarding career with world-class manufacturers. With OTC’s auto tech training in Ohio, you can get the great education you’re looking for, and manufacturers will cover your tuition in accordance with established terms of employment upon graduation. Build your automotive technician career path through OTC!


B M W S T E P Mechanic Training logos. Text on the image says The ultimate career path from the builder of the ultimate driving machine!

Located right on OTC’s campus, the BMW STEP training program has been and remains the most comprehensive BMW technician development program for the BMW Group. Twenty three weeks** in duration and funded by BMW NA, the program chooses the finest talent for the program. Since its inception in 1996, the program has produced over 3,000 STEP high level graduates most of whom are still working at dealerships today.

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BMW STEP Mechanic Training classroom showing a close-up of a workstation and an engine.
BMW Mechanic Training classroom showing a row of cars ready to be worked on.

BMW Body and Paint STEP

The BMW Paint & Body STEP training program is designed to train enthusiastic paint & body students for entry-level paint and body employment. Literally hundreds of potential candidates are interviewed each year to fill only 24 positions at three BMW training centers. Selected students attend an eight-month** training course covering all aspects of paint and body repair concentrating on BMW Group products.


The MINI STEP training program is ten weeks** in duration and funded by BMW Group. The program selects only the finest talent from select automotive schools and colleges across the country. Each graduate will have completed all possible programs for MINI Level I status in place at the time of enrollment and scheduling of their respective program. Graduates of MINI STEP are geographically flexible as a part of their enrollment requirements

*Volvo SAFE

Volvo’s Service Automotive Factory Education (SAFE) program helps students acquire focused, hands-on experience with the types of advanced safety and engineering systems that are at the heart of Volvo’s superior reputation. This 16-week** program covers 17 Volvo-specific courses developed by Volvo Cars of North America, and students satisfy all the educational requirements necessary to become Volvo Master Technicians.

*International Technician Training Program (ITEP)

The 15-week** International Technician Training Program (ITEP) accepts graduates from diesel programs who meet stringent entrance requirements. The curriculum includes hands-on training with International brand diagnostic equipment, electronic systems and engines. Graduates of ITEP will have earned nearly all International Truck factory training credentials, putting them years ahead of other entry level technicians.

*Courses offered through the Custom Training Group, division of Universal Technical Institute.

How Do I Apply?

These manufacturer programs are specialized.  You must be within 120 days of your graduation date to apply for a training program. You must also meet the minimum qualifications as outlined by each manufacturer including: attendance, GPA and driving record qualifications.  Then interview; test; and be accepted into the program.

Whether you’re looking for a BMW auto tech school or want to become a Volvo mechanic or attend an International truck training school, OTC has specialized technician programs to get you there. Contact us for more information about our mechanic training in Ohio!

For intense, relevant hands-on training, choose our ASE/NATEF Certified automotive technician school. Over the course of 72 weeks**, you can learn more about:

Your Training Will Include:

  • » Engine performance and repair
  • » Automatic transmission and transaxle
  • » Manual drive train and axles
  • » Suspension and steering systems
  • » Electrical and electronic systems
  • » Heating and air conditioning
  • » Street performance and racing
  • » Alternative fuel systems – hybrids,
    bio-diesel, ethanol, electric-powered


This Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree adds the academic component to the Complete Automotive Technology program, giving well-rounded technicians the background needed for advancement into management.

If you’re ready to explore your possibilities for the future and become an automotive technician in Ohio, choose OTC’s Associate of Applied Science degree.

Is Automotive Manufacturer Specific Training Right For You? Get More Info…

For more information about Automotive Manufacturer specific training, and to explore if OTC is right for you, fill out the form on this page.

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Make the career you’ve always wanted a reality. Contact us today to learn how to get started at our auto tech school in Cleveland.

* Program length when completed in normal time.