Ford’s Lima Engine Plant and Ohio State Lima Announce Partnership to Establish Engineering Education and Manufacturing Center

Ford’s Lima Engine Plant and The Ohio State University at Lima are coming together to power the community into the future with a partnership that will rejuvenate the advanced manufacturing landscape of the region.

The showpiece of the partnership is the establishment of The Ohio State Lima engineering education and manufacturing center at Lima Engine Plant’s 40,000-square-foot training center. It will provide students in Ohio State’s bachelor of science in engineering technology program hands-on laboratory experiences in an innovative, high-tech learning environment.

“We’re eager to transform this space and ultimately the advanced manufacturing landscape in this region,” said Shawn Stewart, plant manager, Lima Engine Plant. “The engineering education and manufacturing center will establish West-Central and Northwest Ohio as the hub for manufacturing engineers in the region, and a model for manufacturing engineering education.”

Throughout the summer, Lima Engine Plant’s training center will be renovated into a state-of-the-art facility offering hands-on and real-life experiences in robotics, machining, assembly, and computer-aided design and engineering, as well as industrial controls and metrology.

The collaboration will provide competitive opportunities in engineering, while also filling a significant need in the community, said Dave Berger, Lima mayor and chair of the Lima auto task force. “Having young, educated and talented engineers who design and operate our region’s world-class manufacturing plants is essential to long-term competitiveness and economic development,” he said. “I applaud the collaboration between the Ford Lima Engine Plant and The Ohio State University at Lima, which is creating the opportunity for showcasing a unique four-year engineering program to fill critical human resource needs for our local industries.”

Tim Rehner, dean and director at Ohio State Lima, said the partnership brings education and industry together in one space, and provides students easy access to a wealth of resources. “This partnership will prepare students to immediately contribute to 21st century manufacturing engineering jobs in our region upon graduation,” said Rehner.

The engineering technology program was created to fill a gap between education and industry, while bringing a strong focus to industrial manufacturing leadership development. Students will have access to advanced manufacturing equipment and resources, including subject matter experts in manufacturing.

Courses are set to begin later this year. For more information about the engineering technology program, admissions process and available scholarships, visit go.osu.edu/bsetlima. Orientation begins in June and scholarships are still available for fall 2021.

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