New Industrial Electrician Certificate Starts at Knox Campus in January


Thanks to a new certificate offered by Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), an in-demand job as an industrial electrician could be yours within a year — and you don’t have to go far to earn it.  

The six-course Industrial Electrician Certificate is an efficient option for students looking to enter the job market quickly while also laying the groundwork for a long-term career. Classes for this new certificate will be available at COTC’s Knox campus in spring semester, which starts on Jan. 9, 2023. Students can apply to COTC for free at

This certificate offers an introduction to the field of electrical engineering, including computer-aided drafting (CAD). Students who complete the Industrial Electrician Certificate can enter the workforce as engineering technicians with the skills to install, maintain, test and repair electrical equipment such as motors, generators, and associated electrical and electronic controls in industrial settings. The median hourly wage in Ohio for electrical and electronic engineering technicians is $31.36, according to Ohio Labor Market Information.

Credits from the industrial electrician certificate can be applied directly to COTC’s electrical engineering technology associate degree, offering graduates a seamless path toward professional development and setting them up for success in their long-term career goals. The electrical engineering technology degree was reviewed by Intel and will position graduates well for careers at its New Albany semiconductor manufacturing facility.

To learn more, contact the COTC admissions office at or 740.366.9222.

Grants Available to Help with Tuition

Thanks to funding from the Ohio Department of Education, students can apply for a short-term certificate grant of up to $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees for this program. The grants are available to students who indicate that they have financial need as well as students who are currently in or exiting foster care. Financial need may be the result of unemployment or underemployment (working in low-paying or low-skill jobs) or simply lacking resources to fully meet current expenses.

To apply for a short-term certificate grant, COTC students must complete a brief application available at For more information about the short-term certificate grant, contact Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or

COTC Promise for Free College

Knox County residents may attend COTC for free. The COTC Promise guarantees to fund the gap between tuition (instructional and general fees) and remaining student need after all other private scholarships and institutional, federal and state aid are exhausted. Under the program, all tuition will be covered for students annually reporting a household income of $60,000 or less on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The COTC Promise programs are open to new, current or returning COTC students who do not already hold a bachelor’s or associate degree and can be used for classes at any COTC campus. Eligible students must be current Coshocton or Knox County residents who have lived in the county for at least one year. See for more details.

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 has four campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.