NEWARK, Ohio, March 24, 2016 – The Manufacturing Engineering Technology degree will be offered in its entirety to students on Central Ohio Technical College’s Knox campus starting autumn semester 2016. Workforce data in the region shows students with the highly-technical skills from this degree program will be able to attain high-paying, in-demand jobs.
“Students on our Knox campus have obligations close to home. Some cannot drive to Newark to take the classes not offered on the extended campus,” said Interim Engineering Technology Dean Whit Tussing. “We have responded to the needs of students, along with the needs of business and industry, by now offering the manufacturing engineering technology degree in its entirety in Knox County.”
Manufacturing engineering technology students will learn statistical process control, lean manufacturing and Ohio Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards to work in this technology-based industry, plus math and science skills. Students will be exposed to computer animated drafting (CAD) software and learn to read and generate technical drawings. In the state-of-the-art machine shop, students operate manual lathes and mills, then progress to computer numerically controlled (CNC) machines.
Manufacturing technicians may specialize in operating one type of machine or they may become experts on several. This program provides valuable hands-on experience, preparing students for today’s high-tech manufacturing industry.
Engineering technology courses are offered on all of COTC’s extended campuses. COTC provides high quality education and hands-on training for today’s workforce. Employers seek out COTC graduates for specific job opportunities, including those in engineering technology.
“From my perspective as an employer and business owner in engineering and technology manufacturing, I see a growing need in the industry for well-trained students with specialized, technical knowledge in engineering practices and manufacturing skill-sets,” said Divelbiss Corporation Owner and Chairman Terry Divelbiss. “In addition, as the chairman of the Area Development Foundation’s board, Knox County’s economic development organization, I uniquely understand that we face a shortage of talented workers with the know-how to work in highly technical and rewarding manufacturing careers. I believe COTC’s program marks a substantial improvement in our ability to create talent within our area for the manufacturing jobs that need to be filled by good workers.”
Because business and industry partners demand technically-trained college graduates, COTC remains committed to technical education. Through partnerships with local industry leaders and business owners, COTC stays in tune with the latest trends in these career fields.
Working in close collaboration with the engineering technology program is COTC's Workforce Development Innovation Center Director, Vicki Maple, who is bridging academics with industry in identifying specific workforce needs and skills gaps.
“As we identify the skills gaps and the workforce needs of our area employers, we are able to more carefully align the curriculum, industry-recognized certification and general work requirements necessary for our students to be hired," explained Maple. "Plus, as we more clearly define the skills gap, we are able to create more sustainable pathways for filling in-demand jobs."
"There are just so many benefits to offering programming like this and also for education and industry to be working collaboratively," Maple elaborated. "Together, we can grow the economy and keep the willing and able workforce both gainfully employed and highly trained."
Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. 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, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.