Engineering Technology

Associate of Applied Science


The Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Technology offers a quick on-ramp to an in-demand career, excellent salary and advancement opportunities. Students learn real-world, transferable skills in multiple industry sectors and complete their education with a cooperative experience with a local industry. Graduates are well positioned for roles as engineering technicians who design, implement and support a wide range of engineering processes. They may also choose to continue their academic progression for a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Engineering technicians are among Ohio’s top jobs, with associate degree holders in Ohio earning a median annual salary from $55,000 to $63,000 according to Ohio’s Top Jobs list. And with demand for engineering jobs in Ohio projected to continue to grow, it’s a great time to start earning an engineering technology degree.

Foundational Engineering Skills

In COTC’s two-year program, graduates master a broad set of highly sought foundational engineering skills, including:

  • engineering and occupational safety
  • computer applications
  • engineering graphics
  • 3-D modeling
  • industrial controls and automation
  • engineering materials
  • principles of machining
  • automation in manufacturing
  • quality control and assurance
  • alternative and renewable energy sources
  • fluid mechanics and power

Why choose COTC?

Gain a competitive edge — The engineering technology degree is newly redesigned with input from local employers to include broadly based, highly sought engineering skills.

Make a smart choice for your budget — Engineering scholarships are available for new students. Plus, with COTC’s affordable tuition, more than $1 million in scholarships annually and grants, some students reduce or eliminate tuition completely.

Take your career to the next level — COTC offers transfer agreements with several four-year institutions.


Engineering Preview Day

Learn about COTC’s engineering degrees and certificates and explore our labs to see how you will gain the necessary high-tech skills for a career in one of the region’s rapidly growing industries.


Thursday, June 20 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9 at 3 p.m.
Thursday, July 25 at 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 3 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?

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 technology.

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program?

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?

The amount 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 semester).

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 engineering? 

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 college? 

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

Can I pursue a bachelor’s degree after I complete an associate degree?

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.