Post date: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 20:12

With a vision to inspire and empower the people of its community, Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC's) seeks to transform and enhance the careers and quality of life of its students by providing high-quality world-class learning experiences through workforce development, career degree programs, and transfer to baccalaureate degree programs.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges, and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, Owensboro Community and Technical College offer an Automotive Technology program, which is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

In an endeavour to provide hands-on training and education about preservation and restoration in the automotive industry, Owensboro Community and Technical College started to build a 1965 AC Cobra replica project in its Automotive Technology Program.

OCTC's first ever replica project commenced in 2011 and was finished in 2013. The latest project, however, began in 2017 and is expected to end by December 2018. In order to replicate the AC Cobra, students have to indulge in an extensive research process and become involved in all aspects from the engine to bodywork.

A total of eight automotive technology students benefited from an RPM grant to be able to work on the project.

 You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in the Automotive Technology Program in two years if you maintain full-time status in OCTC.

Up until now, some of the highlights of the project include:

The students of Owensboro Community and Technical College started with something as basic as priming the oil system for the engine.

  • Owensboro Community and Technical College taught students how to install the brake line by way of its 1965 AC Cobra replica project, and made them do it so that they receive hands-on training and education.
  • The students of Owensboro Community and Technical College also had the experience of working on the cooling system.
  • They also installed the wiring harness on the 1965 AC Cobra replica project.  

Because of this hands-on training, if you look at the current job market, you will find skilled automotive technicians (trained by OCTC) sitting in most driver seats. The automotive industry is progressing quite fast. Whether you find interest in the latest hybrid technology or sleek sports cars, OCTC will provide you with the training you need. Computerized devices are a common sight in vehicles now.

Employers constantly look for skilled technicians who can maintain, inspect, and repair, trucks, and cars. The automotive program that OCTC offers is accredited nationally by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF). If you want to take your career forward, you might want to enroll yourself at OCTC for exceptional classroom instructions and hands-on experience.

It is important to showcase the progress of a project so that more and more people can contribute and become attracted to the cause. This way the project might get the funds and sponsorships it needs to near its completion.

The RPM Foundation is an organization that supports the preservation and restoration of training programs for young motorcycle, automotive, and marine craftsmen. The foundation provides grants, services, and resources to save the future of the collector vehicle industry by giving hands-on training to young adults. A total of eight automotive technology students were awarded a grant from RPM in order to be able to work on the project.

Keep checking this exciting project as more updates to be added in early 2019.