LIMA — On weekdays between 2 and 4 p.m., you’ll often find University of Northwestern Ohio students working in what is not your typical classroom setting.
Near the end of the semester, students in high performance welding and custom engine building classes ditch the classroom for a hands-on experience in one of the university’s shops. It is there that they put what they’ve been learning about into practice.
“Usually, the first four to six weeks of the semester is lecture, and the last two weeks is hands on,” said Earl Comer, a UNOH instructor who teaches custom engine building. “It gives them a foundation they can use, then they put it into practice.”
Down the hall, 11 students were using blow torches and other devices to weld together parts that would be found on race cars.
“This is welding that’s specifically for high-performance vehicles,” said instructor Dave McPherson, “so the stuff they do is critical for safety. If we have a steering component that’s been welded together, and it doesn’t hold, that car is unsafe. That’s why it’s extremely important to do it the right way.”
These five-hour classes run Monday through Thursday for six weeks at a time.
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