What is the difference between engineering and engineering
Engineering and engineering technology are separate but closely
related professional areas.
Engineering programs often focus on theory and conceptual design,
while engineering technology programs usually focus on
application and implementation. Engineering programs typically
require additional, higher-level mathematics, while engineering
technology programs typically focus on courses that are more
practical than theoretical in nature.
Graduates from engineering programs often pursue entry-level work
involving conceptual design or research and
development. Graduates of two-year engineering technology
programs likely assume engineering technician positions in
maintenance, production or product development.
Why did COTC redesign the engineering technology program?
The short answer is to better serve students and to fulfill
demand in the local workforce. COTC determined a general
engineering technology degree was necessary based on observations
of student behavior and feedback from local employers. Many
students double-majored in engineering technology or came back to
complete additional courses after graduating to gain new skills.
COTC also gathered input from another important source — central
Ohio industries. Local employers need associate degree graduates
with a wide range of engineering skills. The result was to create
an engineering technology degree that provides a breadth of
skills and knowledge related to the various roles of engineering
Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the
The courses students need to take to complete a certificate or
degree are listed in a plan of study.
How quickly can I complete the engineering technology program?
of time it takes a student to complete the engineering technology
associate degree depends upon how many courses are taken per
semester. A student attending full time can complete the degree
in two years.
Students who attend full time (and take 3-5 classes on
average per semester) will complete quicker than students who
attend part time (and take 1-2 classes on average per
Can I take classes online or face-to-face?
Students at COTC have the flexibility to take classes
face-to-face or online. The engineering technology program has
courses that must be completed face-to-face for students to learn
through hand’s-on experience and using equipment and
technology in the engineering technology program.
Are there any student organizations on campus related to
Society of Engineering Technology (SET)
Current students in any engineering technology program can
join the Society of Engineering Technology (SET), a
student organization for both COTC and Ohio State Newark
students. Students who are part of SET can gain awareness of
education and career opportunities available to
their preferred engineering technology
field. Advisor: Whitney Tussing.
What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for
COTC awards $1 million in scholarships to students each year!
Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants,
scholarships and loans.
Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for
some scholarships. Other scholarships
require an application.
Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at
740.366.9435 or email NWKfirstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I pursue a bachelor’s degree after I complete an associate
Students interested in continuing their education to pursue a
bachelor’s degree can consider transferring to a four-year
college or university. Many of COTC’s general education
courses are transferrable to public universities in Ohio. Some
universities also accept transfer credit of technical courses in
engineering technology. Graduates may consider:
How do I get started at COTC?
Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the
COTC Steps to Enroll to get started.