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"Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night", April 10 At Owens Community College
Area residents will have the opportunity to learn about careers within the welding and automotive industry, as well as check out competition race cars as Owens Community College hosts the seventh annual "Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night" on Thursday, April 10. Among the many highlights will include a Haas Technical Center Open House, which will feature state-of-the-art computer numerical control (CNC) machining demonstrations.
The Haas Technical Center Open House will occur from 2-6:30 p.m. in the College's Industrial and Engineering Technologies Building. "Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night" will be from 6-9 p.m. in the Transportation Technologies Center. Admission to both events is free and the public is encouraged to attend.
"Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night is a great opportunity for area residents to meet individuals from local businesses, asking them questions concerning their professions and how to go about choosing a career within the welding or automotive industry," said Mark Durivage, Owens Interim Dean of Industrial and Engineering Technologies. "More than 20 car owners and drivers from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan are expected to be in attendance."
Durivage added, "We also are excited to showcase our new Haas Technical Center at this year's event. Owens students, who receive high-tech training on this equipment, can be found serving as computer numerical control operators, programmers and machinists within any manufacturing industry throughout Northwest Ohio."
Owens recently was selected by Haas Automation Inc. as one of only 25 colleges or universities in the nation to receive the state-of-the-art CNC equipment. The new Haas Technical Center provides more than 250 students the opportunity to receive hands-on technical education in metalworking trades, utilizing the latest computer numerical control machine tools.
Among the vehicles to be featured in the Transportation Technologies Center is a Pep Boys Indy Racing League (IRL) race car, owned by Ron Hemelgarn of Toledo. Race cars owned by Hemelgarn have claimed many racing victories, including the 1996 Indianapolis 500 driven by Buddy Lazier. Also on display will be a 410 Sprint Car, International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Dragster, United States Auto Club (USAC) Midget race car, Super-Modified Four Wheel Drive (SMFWD) Pulling Truck and Pro Oval Go Cart, among others.
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., there will be a presentation by Dennis Klingman of Lincoln Electric Co., Director of the Technical Training, Welding and Cutting Technology Center, who supervises the weld shop at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May. Other welding demonstrations also will occur throughout the evening.
More than 450 people attended last year's "Lincoln Motorsports Welding Night", which is co-sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Chapter of the American Welding Society. For additional information, contact (567) 661-7455 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7455.
Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor 's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.