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Fall Robotics Camp Nov. 22–Register Now!

Tri-Rivers RAMTEC will be holding a Fall Robotics Camp, November 22, 10am-2:3opm at RAMTEC.

The camp is open to students in grades 6th through 10th.

Students will rotate through the following sessions: Yaskaw Motoman Robotics Operation; FANUC Robotics Operation; NAO Humanoid Robot; Universal Robot and 3D Printing.

Cost of the camp is $20. All participants will receive a T-shirt and pizza for lunch. Fifty participants will be accepted.

To register call Holly Ramey at 740-389-8590 or email:  Registration Form is Below.

RAMTEC Fall Camp form 2017

Tri Rivers RAMTEC web FANUC 2D iRVision Certificate

Tri-Rivers RAMTEC—first high school in nation to earn FANUC 2D iRVision Certification

Twelve Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC Level 2 Engineering Technologies students recently became the first high school students in the nation to earn a FANUC 2D iRVision Certificate, according to Mark Edington, their Robotics instructor.

This course covers Handling Tool Applications and Advance TP programming.  The students had to demonstrate hands-on skills including: Advanced Control Structure, Advanced Coding of Programs, 2D Vision Process, Vision Concept and Error And Fault Recovery.

“This is quite an accomplishment for our students and the Marion community,” said Ritch Ramey, the students Engineering Technologies instructor. “We are so fortunate to have a certified trained instructor like Mark Edington in our Central Ohio community.”

Robot Vision applications are widely used in 21st century Automation and Integration systems, explained Edington. “Vision is used for “Quality Checks”, Part recognition, and various robot functions.”

Ramey said, “We are looking forward to our students using their FANUC iRVision industrial certification and training in school and in their future careers as they help over come the critical shortage of highly skilled Robotic and Maintenance Technicians.”

Edington said this training is part of providing skills that will help solve the national “Manufacturing Gap” over the next five years throughout the United States.


Cutline: Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC Engineering Technologies students earning the FANUC 2D iRVision Certificate, include: Row 1: L-R, Eli Rawlins, James Emery, Ryan Clark, Jaylin Tyler. Row 2: L-R, Owen Thacker, Breanna Napper, Hallie Hall-Blashinsky, Jarrod Smith, Billy Davenport, Arik Haines, Cole Stallings, Jordan Bush, Instructor Mark Edington.

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Manufacturing Day at Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Oct 6, 11am-5pm

National Manufacturing Day is Friday, October 6, 2017.  Locally, Tri-Rivers Career Center and its workforce training center RAMTEC (Robotics & Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative) are designated hosts for this event and will open their center at 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd, Marion, Ohio,  11am to 5pm with activities, demonstrations, contests and displays focusing on the celebration of industry and manufacturing.

“The event is open to the public. We encourage area schools to bring students of all ages for an amazing educational field trip,” said Ritch Ramey, Engineering Coordinator for RAMTEC and event organizer.

Highlighting the event will be a preview of the Capacitance Welder in partnership with The Ohio State University College of Welding, Ashland Chemicals, Honda R & D and Coldwater Machine Company. “The capacitance welder has the ability to weld dissimilar metals. At Manufacturing Day its abilities will be demonstrated. Eventually, it will be located at Tri-Rivers’ RAMTEC fulltime and will be a training tool for our high school and adult students, as well as The Ohio State University Welding students,” said Ramey.

“Our goal of Manufacturing Day is to draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide,” said Ritch Ramey. “Over the next decade, it is estimated that nearly 3.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs will be needed and 2 million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to manufacturers’ inability to find talent with the required skills.”

“These numbers dramatically underscore the importance of introducing as many people as possible to the significant role played by manufacturing in Ohio and the entire nation,” said Mark Edington, Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC Certified FANUC Instructor who recently completed his 25,000th hour of instructing industrial training courses. “We have had a busy year in RAMTEC training high school students during the school year as well as at summer camps. We have also been providing training for companies such as Whirlpool, Nucor, Honda, F.T. Precision, Yachiyo and Bridgestone.

Exhibits include: RobotWorx, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Xigent Robotics, The Ohio State University-Marion, Marion Technical College, Miller Welding, Honda, Canon Vision, Allen-Bradley PLC, Houser Racing, MTD, Fastech MasterCAM, Lincoln Technical College, Universal Robotics, Miller Augmented Welder, Lincoln Electric Welding and Parker Hydraulics and more.

Contests: FANUC Robotics Industrial Robotics contest and Motoman Robotics Industrial Robotics contest.

Demonstrations: The Tree Guy (100 Lift Bucket ); MiRR Robotics (AGV Automated Guided Vehicle); MTD- Die making; Miller Robotics (Virtual Welder); OSUM (Collaborative Welder); Honda (TBD); FANUC Collaborative Robot; Industrial Robotics Contests; CAD Contests; Raspberry PI demonstrations by Tri-Rivers CNET; Sandvik Tooling—Mark Hardin and Tri-Rivers Advanced Machining; Welding Demo by Tri-Rivers Welding Technologies; FANUC and Motoman and more.

The event is sponsored by: Tri-Rivers’s RAMTEC, Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, SME PRIME, Robotics Industries Association, FANUC, Consolidated Electric Cooperative, Inc, National Robotics Challenge, Honda of America Foundation, REC Foundation, First Energy and MTD.

The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, promotes Manufacturing Day each October to address misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. “By working together during and after (Manufacturing Day), manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry,” the group said in a news release.

Tri-Rivers RAMTEC students earn Whirlpool Apprenticeships
Tri-Rivers RAMTEC students earn Whirlpool Apprenticeships

Tri-Rivers RAMTEC students earn Whirlpool Apprenticeships . Six Engineering Tech students at Tri-Rivers RAMTEC have earned the opportunity to be part of Whirlpool Marion’s Summer Apprenticeship program. This will help them get a great start in high tech manufacturing careers.

The Tri-Rivers RAMTEC graduates were accepted into the Whirlpool Maintenance Skilled Trades Co-op program.

Their instructor Ritch Ramey said he is proud to announce the the following sx students have been accepted into the Whirlpool Maintenance Engineering Summer Co-op program. They will start June 5th at $18 per hour. Upon the completion of the summer program they will have the opportunity to enter the Whirlpool Maintenance Apprenticeship (through RAMTEC) program at $26 per hour and then will work towards their Journeymen card over a 5 year period.

This is a first for Whirlpool. This could lead to more program cooperation with the RAMTEC program at TRCC. The following students were selected by Whirlpool’s engineering and maintenance leadership team:

Tri-Rivers RAMTEC Engineering students;

  • Demetri Hernandez    PHS
  • Nick Lehner                  PHS 
  • Kaleb Tayler                  EHS 
  • Quinton Sayre              EHS
  • Thomas Poorman        RVHS
  • Corey Vassel                 RHS
Vex Summer Camps popular with area students

Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC Vex Robotics Summer Camps

The 2017 Tri-Rivers/RAMTEC Summer Vex Robotics Camps—an Advanced one for 8-12th grade students, and a Beginners one for 6-12th grade students is set for June 5-7, 2017. Then June 8 and 9 there will be a Vex IQ Camp for students entering grades 4-7.

Both camps will be held at RAMTEC, on the Tri-Rivers Career Center Campus, 2222 Marion-Mt. Gilead Rd., Marion, OH 43302. For more information call Ritch Ramey 740-360-8156.

For registration form and agenda for the June 5-7 Advanced Vex Summer Camp

ADVANCED NOW CLOSED! Please Apply Next Year.

Safety, Terminology, Tools & Software, Review Robot Construction, Programming; Build & Compete in Robot Challenge; Review Gearing, Torgue, Engineering Notebook & Programming; Review Sensors, Pneumatics, Compete is Robot Skills Contest, and more! Lunch and T-shirt provided.

For registration form and agenda for the June 5-7 Basics Vex Summer Camp (Grades 6-12), click on link:


BASICS NOW CLOSED! Please Apply Next Year.
Students plan, design and redesign 2018 Vex Robot, start working on Engineering Notebook. Lunch and T-shirt provided.


Mail your completed forms with registration fees to Mr. Ramey.

F.For more information contact:
Ritch Ramey
RAMTEC  Coordinator
Tri-Rivers Career Center
2222 Marion-Mt.Gilead Road
Marion, Ohio 43302