The Edelbrock name has been synonymous with performance since Vic Edelbrock Sr. designed the Slingshot manifold back in 1938. So who better to help teach the next generation of automotive technicians, engine builders and race team members about aftermarket performance products than one of the industry’s leading companies? That’s exactly the idea behind the new Edelbrock Performance Academ, which just opened at Ohio Technical College (OTC). The first of its kind, the Edelbrock Performance Academy will provide students with a hands-on learning experience based on the Edelbrock product line. Check out the official program ribbon cutting ceremony above.
The Edelbrock Performance Academy is the brain child of Christi Edelbrock, Edelbrock’s Vice President of Business Development, and Justin Brenner, OTC’s Director of Corporate Development.
The idea behind the program is to give OTC students training on aftermarket performance products as well as teach them the skills to increase the performance of a vehicle through three focus areas: planning, installation and modification.
The academy program consists of a 12-week, 300-hour course with nine training modules in camshafts and lifters, cylinder heads, carburetors, intake manifolds, electronic fuel injection systems, exhaust systems, nitrous and superchargers and data acquisition systems. The ninth module will cover the history of the Specialty Equipment Market Association and Edelbrock. Throughout the course, students will get hands-on experience with products from Edelbrock’s aftermarket line.
The Hot Wheels-inspired '57 Edelbrock Chevy built by Ohio Technical College students represents the Edelbrock Performance Academy and the performance company's relationship with OTC.
“The students will break down many of the parts on their own and will work on actual vehicles from configuration and installation to dyno-testing and tuning,” said Bill Abbott, Director of the Edelbrock Performance Academy at OTC in a recent Edelbrock press release. “As with all OTC classes, the Edelbrock Performance Academy will focus on more than just mechanics, teaching students the importance of a strong work ethic, customer service skills and the technical know-how.”
The Edelbrock Performance Academy will be open to 12 advanced students per class with a new course starting every 6 weeks beginning this fall. Students who complete the academy program will not only gain a unique skill set, they will also receive a certificate as proof of their high-performance, highly specialized training.
“Students gain an advantage in the workforce by completing the Edelbrock Performance Academy by receiving hands-on training using the latest products from Edelbrock,” Christi Edelbrock said in the press release. “This course is ideal for those pursuing a career as an engine dynamometer test technician at a performance shop or other tuner positions on a unique builder, race team or at a specialty aftermarket installer.”