To address the concerns of machine shop owners who worry about the availability of good young talent to hire, Engine Parts Group Inc. (EPGI) and the University of Northwestern Ohio have launched the Engine Pro Performance Fund at UNOH.
“The future of our company and that of engine builders across the country is only as strong as the interest of young people who want to come into our industry,” said Don Weber, EPGI president. “The University of Northwestern Ohio is the perfect place to establish the scholarship fund. The university features the largest facility in the country dedicated to learning the science of high- performance vehicles.”
The initial funding will come from the donation of a 500-hp small-block Chevrolet project racing engine that will be professionally built using Engine Pro parts by the Cope Brothers Automobile Machine Shop in Tacoma, Wash., according to a press release.
UNOH’s College of Applied Technology will raffle off the engine this spring in hopes of raising more than $15,000 to kick off the scholarship program. EPGI has also committed to donating additional money on an ongoing basis to sustain the program, the release noted.
Within UNOH’s 7-acre performance motorsports complex, students are trained on all brands of performance cars using state-of-the-industry machines and equipment.
“It’s not all classroom training at UNOH. Students actively participate as pit crew (members) in NASCAR- and ARCA-sanctioned races including working with top racers at Daytona Speedway. Graduates from this program routinely step into positions in the performance racing industry and immediately begin making a contribution,” said Steve Farmer, UHOH’s vice president of business development.