Chad Wehrs

Chad Wehrs, Western grad

Western Technical College

Machine Tooling, 1997

Owner, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products

Auto racing was Chad Wehrs’ destiny, but he needed some skills to realize his dream. The Wehrs family owned the West Salem racetrack and Chad started working in the concession stand when he was six years old. Eventually, he progressed to working in the body shop where he loved tinkering with auto parts.

The next step in Chad’s career path was enrolling in the Machine Tooling program at Western Technical College.

"My technical college experience was great! It is the perfect way to get hands-on training in a skilled trade like machining," he said. "I didn't have to travel very far to get the training I needed."

Western instructors added their experience to his own to give Chad the skills he needed. "Some tricks of the trade can't be taught in a book; they need to come from a seasoned worker and that is what you get with a technical college program," Chad said.

Soon after graduation, Chad started his business, Wehrs Machine & Racing Products. Now he has eight employees, but Chad still has his hands in every part of the business. The goal is to innovate and create new parts and tools for auto racing customers.