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RAMTEC Coordinator Ritch Ramey honored by Lt. Gov. Husted at NRC

A very special year at the National Robotics Challenge this year. Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC Engineering Instructor Ritch Ramey received the Hannemen Award at the ceremony the closing awards ceremony. He was very surprised by the award and the recognition from Governor Mike Dewine and Lt. Governor Jon Husted. Lt. Gov. Husted spoke at the awards event.


Ritch Ramey is one of the founding members of the NRC Committee.  Ritch, Ed Goodwin, and Tad Douce started making plans to host the NRC in Marion, Ohio on the return trip from the SME Robotics Challenge in Rochester, NY.  Ritch has been a visionary from the very beginning of this endeavor.  Whenever things seemed impossible, Ritch has found ways to get judges, community members, and even corporations like Honda involved in the event.  Ritch’s experience with the NRC and his prowess as a pre-engineering educator, helped launch the Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) on the Tri-Rivers Career Center Campus.  ​RAMTEC is the first training facility of its kind in the State of Ohio,  ​partnering directly with business and industry to provide industrial robotics and advanced manufacturing skills and industrial certifications to high school and adult students.  We are looking forward to his continued involvement in the NRC and robotics education.

More than 1300 participants from 9 states and 2 countries competed last weekend at the National Robotics Challenge at our Marion Fairgrounds Veteran Memorial coliseum. Thirty-one students and staff members from the RAMTEC Engineering Technologies program were there. 

The Engineering Technology Winners from this weekend were:

  • Gold Medal Pick n Place Robotics contest is; Kyle Hook, Riley McElroy and Matt Moser
  • Silver Medal Pick n Place Robotics Medal Winners were Kaity Bender, Cheyanne Thomas and Brandon Levering
  • Silver Medal Pick n Place Robotics Medal Winners were Justin Brown, Justin Hix and Evan Backensto
  • Inter activity Challenge Silver medal winner was Nathan Neville
  • The Ant Weight Combat Robot Silver winning team was Austin, Kyle and Kevin Wade.
  • The team Silver Medal Pick n Place Robotics Medal Winners Kaity Bender, Cheyanne Thomas and Brandon Levering won the Honda Innovation Award for best teamwork!

Impact Welding Equipment Developed at Ohio State Debuts at Tri-Rivers Career Center/RAMTEC

New practical explosion welding method invented within The Ohio State University’s College of Engineering permits welding of traditionally non-weldable materials. First system delivered to Tri-Rivers Career Center in Marion, Ohio.

A novel manufacturing method has proven capable of bonding dissimilar metal pairs, including aluminum to steel and titanium to steel as well as many other alloy pairs. This new welding technology allows for lightweighting by multi-material design and is an alternative to welding by melting, which can produce poor materials properties. Dr. Glenn Daehn, Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering with Ohio State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Anupam Vivek, Research Scientist with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, invented the manufacturing process called Vaporizing Foil Actuator Welding (VFAW).

Using this technique, electrical energy stored in a capacitor bank is released through a switched circuit that contains a thin metal conductor. Driven by a high-energy deposition rate, the conductor vaporizes and produces a high-pressure pulse that drives a flyer into a target, whereby an impact weld between dissimilar materials is created.

The Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) funded the research performed by Daehn and Vivek. ODSA supported the innovation and its potentially significant impact on Ohio’s manufacturers as they face growing international competition and demands for more efficient designs. The potential for VFAW can be explosive in a competitive sense as automobiles and aircraft demand lighter components, which translates into better operational efficiency. Daehn states that “this method offers the ability for vehicle designers to use the most appropriate material in specific locations on the vehicle body and provides strong fastener-free joints between them. In order to bring this to broad use, this is now being developed into simple-to- use prototype systems.”

On April 2, Ohio State delivered the first prototype VFAW system to Tri-Rivers Career Center, whose RAMTEC program trains welding practitioners. This transfer of technology marks the first time this manufacturing technology can be used by entities outside of The Ohio State University. RAMTEC, which is one of the nation’s leading robotics and advanced manufacturing training facilities, is using the system to train current and future manufacturing technicians.

“RAMTEC is looking forward to developing various processes, procedures and experiments with dissimilar materials and machine settings that will test the full range of VFAW welding capabilities. We then plan to translate these tasks into real-world applications for potential industry usage along with automating the process”, explains Mark Edington, Robotics Coordinator at RAMTEC.

Ohio State and RAMTEC are working with Ohio-based machine builder, Coldwater-Lincoln, another partner in the ODSA grant, to deliver affordable and capable equipment based on this emerging technology.

Anupam Vivek and Mark Edington
“We then plan to translate these tasks into real-world applications for potential industry usage along with automating the process.”
Mark Edington, 
Robotics Coordinator, RAMTEC

The development, implementation and subsequent impact of this technology illustrates the benefits of the trifecta approach by joining technology, education and industry in Ohio while sustaining the purpose of the land-grant mission.

Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC hosts In-Demand Careers Expo May 7

Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC is hosting an In-Demand Careers Expo Tuesday, May 7, 10am to 6pm at Tri-Rivers Career Center (TRCC) in Marion, OH. It is part of Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week.

Tri-Rivers is partnering with Ohio Means Jobs—Marion; Marion Technical College and MarionMade™ to bring this event to the area. The event is open to the public. Area schools are encouraged to bring students to the event. 

The event will include a Job Fair in the Auditorium; Tri-Rivers students signing letters of intent for college, military, & employment; Business & Industry displays/demos; lab activities and several colleges will be in the hallways to share information. C.C. Bistro, the school restaurant, and C.C. Beans, the coffee shop, will be open throughout the event. Job seekers will want to bring résumés.

The In-Demand Careers Expo at Tri-Rivers provides an opportunity for students and job seekers to learn more about the rewarding and high-demand careers available locally.

More than 200 jobs in Ohio are considered “in demand,” based on labor market information, job postings on, JobsOhio regional forecasts and employer forecasts. To see a list click link: In-DemandCareers

For more information on the event contact:
Ellen Messenger, Tri-Rivers Director of Communications
Tri-Rivers Career Center— moc.s1556229626revir1556229626irt@r1556229626egnes1556229626seme1556229626 or 740-272-6015

To secure a table at the Job Fair, contact:
Ron Meade, Ohio Means Jobs-Marion
vog.o1556229626iho.s1556229626fj@ed1556229626aem.d1556229626lanor1556229626 or (740) 386-1003

Area School Officials!
To schedule a time to bring your students to the event contact:
Courtney Murphy, Tri-Rivers Admissions & Career Advisor
moc.s1556229626revir1556229626irt@y1556229626hprum1556229626c1556229626 or 740-389-8522


RAMTEC featured in JobsOhio Annual Report

RAMTEC Robotics Summit Addresses Manufacturing Skills Gap

Participants call on educators, manufacturers to continue collaborations

Educators, state officials and manufacturing leaders united Thursday, October 11 to discuss how robotics is transforming manufacturing and what’s needed to keep the momentum going in Ohio.

The inaugural RAMTEC Robotics Summit celebrated the success of the Tri-Rivers Career Center Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative (RAMTEC) now duplicated across the state. Attendees addressed the issue of how to address a looming skills gap and its potential economic repercussions.

“There’s 2.5 million jobs that need to be filled,” said Tri-Rivers Superintendent Chuck Speelman. “We understand the need that’s out there and we continue to push forward.”
Participants said solutions must rely on continued collaboration to produce a workforce ready to fill the gap between numbers of retiring engineers and younger skilled workers ready to take their place.

RAMTEC Ohio at Tri-Rivers opened in 2013 to help address that need. Partners created the program to train students on equipment like FANUC, Yaskawa and Universal robots most widely used in industry settings. The facility trains both high school students and adult learners.

Since opening, the RAMTEC training center has certified students in industrial maintenance, engineering technology, advanced machining, robotics and welding careers. Ohio Department of Education Straight A grants have funded the creation of 22 more RAMTEC facilities throughout the state.

Ohio Department of Education Senior Executive Director of Student Supports and Education Options Steve Gratz said education must continue to blur the lines between college prep and career tech to ensure the state’s future workers have the skills required by employers.

As an example of potential solutions, he referred to the creation of the OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal that indicates students have the personal strengths, strong work ethic and professional experience needed by businesses. The state is working to make sure industries know what the seal indicates when they see it on high school graduates’ transcripts.

Ryan Burgess, director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, called on businesses to support a culture of continuous learning to ensure workers keep up with ever changing skills.“If you’re not willing to roll up your sleeves as business people and work with education, not much is going to happen,” he said.

Stephen Catt, deputy director of education and workforce development for the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing collaborative, said education and workforce development must build the right ecosystem for developing technology. He warned a failure to act would lead to threats to the United States’ industrial base like a lack of skilled workers, reduced global manufacturing dominance and an overreliance on overseas technology that could even impact national security.

Along with partnerships, the summit involved what must take place to attract students to manufacturing careers. Participants attended learning sessions that let them talk to RAMTEC instructors and students who demonstrated the robots they use in the labs.

Paul Aiello, director of C.E.R.T. sales and operations for FANUC America Corporation, said part of the solution must be to “paint a picture of what opportunities are available in manufacturing” today rather than what’s found in history books.

“It’s the curriculum that’s the glue that holds it all together,” said Robert Graff, senior sales manager of Yaskawa Motorman’s robotics education workforce development division. He suggested designing curriculum that attracts younger students through means like augmented reality and videos.

Dan Mantz, CEO, for Robotics Education & Competitive  Foundation shared how the REC Foundation prepares students for #STEM industry and helps build the  future workforce,


Honda North America, Inc. is among manufacturers already answering the call as technology workforce development manager Scot McLemore praised RAMTEC, which assists in training Honda workers. He pledged Honda would continue supporting educational pathways that lead students to high-paying jobs.

You can also contact Ritch Ramey at moc.s1556229626revir1556229626irt@y1556229626emarr1556229626