The Edelbrock Performance Academy, a program designed to give students a solid foundation in the building and tuning of high performance products, opened last weekend at Ohio Technical College (OTC) in Cleveland.
Christi Edelbrock, the company’s vice president of business development, and Vic Edelbrock, chairman, were just a few of the Edelbrock employees that were on-hand at the official ribbon-cutting ceremony that was held at the academy on Saturday.
The Edelbrock Performance Academy at OTC provides students with the skills necessary to efficiently increase a vehicle’s performance through planning, installation and modification of high performance engine components, superchargers, nitrous, fuel injection systems and more, according to a press release.
The 12-week, 300-hour course consists of nine different training modules covering intake manifolds and carburetor design, cams and lifters, cylinder heads, computer tuning, fuel injection, forced induction, nitrous oxide, data acquisition systems as well as the history of Edelbrock and SEMA.
The program’s curriculum was developed with help from Vic and Christi Edelbrock, according to Bill Abbott, the academy’s head instructor.
“The Edelbrock Performance Academy will share a resemblance to Vic’s own garage [located in Torrance, California] right down to the photos on the walls,” Abbott said. “It is important for the students to learn and understand the origins of Edelbrock and SEMA. The course is offered to advanced OTC students and features training from the school’s High Performance and Racing program. This is a true, hands-on course that’s based on learning through discovery.”
“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,” Abbott said. “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.”
A new class will start every six weeks and will hold up to 12 students, allowing for a lot of one-on-one training.
Christi Edelbrock worked with Justin Brenner, director of corporate development of OTC, to create the program’s unique concept of a training course that directly teaches the manufacturer’s catalog product line.
“Students gain an advantage in the workforce by completing the Edelbrock Performance Academy by receiving hands-on training using the latest products from Edelbrock,” said Christi Edelbrock. “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.”
Upon completion of the Edelbrock Academy program, the students receive a certificate signifying their specialized, high-performance training.