Ohio State University: New learning and lab space will help train students for in-demand jobs

The Ohio State University at Lima and the Ford Lima Engine Plant have announced a partnership to establish a new training center providing learning and laboratory experiences for students in Ohio State’s bachelor of science in engineering technology (BSET) program.

The Ohio State Lima Engineering Education and Manufacturing Center (EEMC) at Ford Lima Engine Plant Training Center will revitalize an existing center originally built in 1994 to address local training needs.

“This partnership will prepare students to immediately contribute to the 21st century manufacturing engineering jobs in our region upon graduation,” said Tim Rehner, dean and director at Ohio State Lima. “The EEMC will integrate academia and industry by bringing both systems together in one space. Students will benefit from having easy access to a resource-rich space that is informed by the best from manufacturing systems and academic discoveries.”

The 40,000-square-foot EEMC will house courses beginning in autumn 2021, furnishing critical space for an in-demand program. The renovated facility will provide students with state-of-the-art hands-on experiences involving metrology, materials, machining, assembly, robotics, industrial controls and CAD/CAM.

“We’re eager to transform this space and ultimately the advanced manufacturing landscape in this region,” said Shawn Stewart, plant manager at the Ford Lima Engine Plant. “The EEMC will establish west central and northwest Ohio as the hub for manufacturing engineers in the region and the model for manufacturing engineering education.”

Ohio State launched the BSET in 2020 on three of Ohio State’s regional campuses, including Ohio State Lima. The degree was developed to address the gap between education and industry and focuses on industrial manufacturing leadership development. The program integrates teaching and learning with industry examples, laboratory equipment and manufacturing experts as faculty and mentors.

“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,” said David Berger, mayor of the City of Lima and chair of the Lima Auto Task Force. “I applaud the collaboration between the Lima Ford 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.”