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. 

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.

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 hands-on experience 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 educational 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? 

The Industrial Electrician certificate is eligible for the short-term certificate grant available to students with demonstrated financial need as well as students who are currently in or exiting foster care. Each student may receive a one-time grant of up to $2,000 to assist with tuition and fees (does not include the cost of books and supplies). To be considered, students must submit and satisfy the requirements on the Short-term Certificate Grant Application

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

Can I pursue an associate degree after I complete the certificate?

Students interested in continuing their education to pursue an associate degree can 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.