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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Engineering Technology Major (A.A.S.)

Major code AA5023

Office of Regional Higher Education  
Ohio University Lancaster
Brasee Hall
1570 Granville Pike
Lancaster, OH 43130-1037
Phone: 740.654.6711 or 888.446.4468
Fax: 740.687.9497

Gina Orr, contact person

Program Overview

Ohio University Lancaster offers a two-year program leading to an Associate in Applied Science with a major in engineering technology. The Engineering Technology program is designed to offer students a technical foundation needed to help solve complex problems by exposing them to real-world applications using hands-on lab courses. Students are taught a variety of manufacturing processes and their related materials as well as skills in quality analysis tools (Lean), occupational safety, and electronics. A large focus within the program is on the importance of automated equipment. Concentration is on programming and troubleshooting computer numerical control (CNC) equipment and programmable logic controllers (PLC's) for robotics. 

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

The various topics of the Associate of Applied Science degree provides the student with a wide variety of career opportunities. With much of the program's focus on automation, this degree prepares students as an electrical technician for programmable logic controllers (PLC's) and electric motors and controls. Graduates may work for manufacturers or field service providers to set up and troubleshoot sensors, automated equipment, and robots to ensure productivity. Job titles may include industrial systems technician, automation specialist, or engineering technician. Some graduates may also be involved in equipment sales. Through this program, students are also prepared for a career as a testing technician, safety technician, or production quality technician. 

The engineering track provides students with the opportunity to pursue engineering baccalaureate programs offered by the Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology. Students should discuss with their advisors the career pathway that best suits their individual interests. 

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the engineering technology major, students will be able to:

  • Apply technical fundamentals to help resolve a manufacturing process problem using metal machining (manual and CNC); plastics processing including injection molding, blow molding, casting, thermoforming, and composites; welding and metal fabrication; hydraulics and pneumatics; and electronics, PLC's, motors, and automation/robotics. 
  • Add value to an organization.
  • Work effectively as a team member.
  • Generate and interpret drawings/sketches that incorporate dimensions, tolerances, and specifications.
  • Value and respect diversity in the workplace.
  • Collect, generate, and understand data to control manufacturing processes and provide feedback for continuous improvement.
  • Differentiate common manufacturing processes.
  • Identify potential safety concerns and designate a proper emergency plan. 
  • Communicate technical topics in a professional manner.