|History of Joe Tech|
St. Joseph's Industrial training Centre, run by the Salesians of Don Bosco, was first started at Tirupattur by Rev Fr. Carreno SDB. The Institute then had six reads - cabinet Making, Engineering, welding, Printing, Tailoring and Photography. It was originally started for the training of students aspiring to join the Salesian Society.
Later in 1950, under the direction of Dr. Louis Mathias, Archbishop of Madras - Mylapore, it was shifted to the present site and more new machines were added with the combined purpose of training the aspirants and helping the poor boys of Madras city. The aim of St. Joseph's Industrial Training Centre is to impart an integral formation - Physical, Intellectual, Moral and Spiritual, to Poor boys; in particular to prepare them for life through sound technical education. On 9th November 1950, the Wood - Works department was transferred, together with the then students to the present site. Exactly a month later, the Engineering Department, except Tailoring and Photography was established at the present location. In the year 1969, due to expansion and lack of space, the Printing Department was shifted to 49, Taylors Road, Kilpauk. Since 1951, the Technical Institute has served the poor youth.
The year 1973 was another landmark in the history of the Institute, viz. the recognition by the Government of India, the I.T.I. trades of Fitter and Turner. In 1977, we were fortunate to have 2 more new trades recognized: Welder and Machinist. The Welder course has been shifted to St. Joseph, Katpadi. In 1981, two more new trades namely electrician and Draughtsman Mechanical were started and have been affiliated to N.C.V.T. In August 1987, the trade of Electronic Mechanic was started. This too has been affiliated to N.C.V.T.
The Data Preparation and Computer Software (DPCS) course, of one year duration was started in August 1995 under the N.C.V.T. pattern. Mechanical Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning (MRAC) was started in August 1997. In 1998, N.C.V.T. upgraded the DPCS course and renamed it as Computer Operator and Programming Assistant (COPA). The upgraded course includes INTERNET & MULTIMEDIA. Besides the formal courses mentioned above, functional (non-formal) courses such as Machine shop operations, Carpentry and Cabinet Making are also being conducted in the interest of the school dropouts and for those with very little of formal schooling. Upgraded and need-based training is the need of the hour. The institute has, therefore introduced AutoCAD for the Draughtsman Mechanical trade, CNC training for the Turner and Machinist trades and Computer hardware for COPA & Electronic Mechanic trades.