A Driving Influence

Chip Broemmer

Automotive Technology Instructor

Making An OTC Difference

When Chip was growing up, he would go with his dad to his engineering job at McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis. "I liked being around machines and seeing how they were put together," Chip said.

As a high school kid, Chip learned even more about machinery while constantly working on his 1978 Pontiac Trans Am. "I was a product of necessity," he said about vocation.

Chip worked for Toyota and owned his own shop. While bird hunting with Jess Hudson, then dean of technical education at OTC, Hudson suggested Chip try teaching. In 2001, Chip joined as an adjunct member and became a full-time instructor in 2002.

"I enjoy working with cars and with people, so it was a natural transition for me from a shop to a classroom because I still get to spend most of my time with cars and people," Chip said.

How are you making "An OTC Difference?"

"I show students 'now' results. The car came in and it wasn't working, I figured it out, fixed it and 'now' it works. It gives them a sense of accomplishment that they can see 'now.'"

"I expect students to participate and take ownership of their education."