Ron Hansen, a 1989 Owens Community College alumnus and current Lead Maintenance Supervisor at DaimlerChrysler's Toledo Machine Facility, always knew he wanted to go into engineering.
"I always enjoyed working with my hands and the idea of creating things," he said. "Ever since I was young, it was important to me that I expand upon that interest and do something I love."
A Northwest Ohio native and 1986 Clay High School graduate, Ron enrolled at a local four-year university right out of high school before signing up for classes at Owens Community College one year later.
He enrolled in Owens' Industrial Electronics program in 1987 and earned his associate's degree in 1989. That same year, he visited Owens' job placement office hoping to find assistance in obtaining a position in his field.
"Owens helped me attain a position with Owens Illinois (OI)," Ron said. "It was really a way for me to get my feet wet in my field and gain valuable work experience. I worked there for more than two years."
From OI, Ron obtained an Electrical Controls Designer position at Samborn, Steketee, Otis & Evans (SSOE) in Toledo before working as an Electrical Controls Engineer at Automatic Handling and as a Senior Automation Engineer/Department Coordinator at Ort Tool & Die, both in Erie, Mich. While employed with the above organizations, Ron took credits toward his bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology at a local university, earning his degree in 2004.
Ron currently serves as a Lead Maintenance Supervisor at DaimlerChrysler where he is responsible for daily support of production activities, production throughput and quality improvements, scrap reduction, preventative/predictive maintenance scheduling, installation and start-up of equipment, equipment safety and cost reductions. In addition, he supervises seven skilled trade workers by providing technical expertise to assist in problem solving, prioritizing of work load, presenting safety information, safety inspections, and scheduling of medical physicals and training.
Like many Owens alumni, Ron continues to feel a strong bond to Owens. He is currently a member of the Owens Community College Alumni Association and has become a regular at Association events like Mud Hens Night and on the annual whitewater rafting trip.
"I had an excellent experience at Owens," he said. "So many of my instructors had actually worked in the industry and brought real-world experience and information to the classroom.
"I would definitely recommend Owens to anyone thinking of pursuing a degree. Owens set me on the right path to where I am today."
Ron is actively involved in his community serving on the Jerusalem Township Board of Zoning Appeals and as a volunteer firefighter for the Jerusalem Township Fire Department. In his spare time, Ron enjoys gardening, camping and construction projects around his Curtice, Ohio, home that he shares with his wife, Amy, who is also a fellow Owens alum, and their three children.