COTC to Offer Complete Manufacturing Technology Degree Program on Knox Campus
March 28, 2016 - 3:56 PM
NEWARK – The Manufacturing Engineering Technologydegree
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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."
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