NEWARK, Ohio, February 1, 2017– During the month of February, the nation celebrates the engineering field. National Engineers Week runs from Feb. 19 – 25. Founded by National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, National Engineers Week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. With internationally-accredited programs available and high demand for its graduates, Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) is helping to fill available engineering technology jobs.
According to data from the Ohio Education Research Center, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, 79% of COTC Engineering Technology associate degree graduates were found employed in Ohio nine months after graduation between 2008 and 2013. State data also shows that 92% of COTC Manufacturing and Civil Engineering Technology computer-aided drafting and design associate degree graduates were found employed in Ohio nine months after graduation.
"We know there is a need in central Ohio for qualified engineering technologists who can work in today's global economy," said Professor Whit Tussing. "COTC is putting out graduates who are finding high-paying, quality jobs quickly because employers know the kind of qualified graduate COTC produces."
At COTC, students can pursue many different degrees in the engineering technology area. COTC offers programs in architectural engineering technology, civil engineering technology, electrical engineering technology, heavy equipment operation, manufacturing engineering technology, mechanical engineering technology and electrical trades technology.
Four of the associate degree engineering technology programs are internationally accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ETAC/ABET). The ETAC/ABET accredited programs are electrical engineering technology, architectural engineering technology, civil engineering technology and mechanical engineering technology.
"Employers in the region are telling us they need our graduates to fill their engineering technology positions," said Tussing. "It's a great time to get into this field."
COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.