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Building Tomorrow’s Workforce

Fairfield County Workforce Center

Established in 2020, the Fairfield County Workforce Center provides training programs for high-demand industries including manufacturing, skilled trades and health care. The programs are offered through a collaborative partnership between the Fairfield County Commissioners, Ohio University Lancaster, Russ College of Engineering and Hocking College. The partnership focuses on economic development through training and workforce development.

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ASCENT: Careers in High Tech

Ohio University serves as a lead institution for Appalachian Semiconductor Education and Technical (ASCENT) Ecosystem. $3 million in grant funding was awarded to the university to create an inclusive workforce development and training program to cultivate the next generation of skilled technical professionals for Ohio’s emerging semiconductor industry.

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Fall 2024 Coursework

Ohio University Credit Courses

ENGT 1100 - Introduction to Engineering Technology

This introduction to career opportunities, job functions, and professional organizations in Engineering Technology includes discussion of curriculum and program procedures.

ENGT 1190 - Manufacturing Materials and Processes

This course provides an introduction to metal and plastic materials, processes and basic competencies appropriate for a manufacturing technician. Competencies will be developed from material presented in lectures, labs, the text, various assignments, and through hands-on learning experiences.

ENGT 1200 - Industrial Electronics

This course is an introduction to direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) fundamentals. Industry-relevant subject areas include basic electrical circuits, electrical measurement, circuit analysis, inductance and capacitance, combination circuits, transformers, and characteristics of solid-state components.

ENGT 2100 - Career Preparation in Engineering Technology

This course covers information on employment opportunities, career enhancement activities, and professional development in Engineering Technology.

ENGT 2200 - Basic Hydraulics and Pneumatics

This course covers the application of hydraulic and pneumatic principles to common industrial control circuits, emphasizing maintenance of hardware and circuitry.

ENGT 2230 - Automation and Robotics I

This course is an introduction to hands-on advanced manufacturing skills replicating industrial production areas involving the preventive maintenance, alignment, and maintenance of an automated industrial manufacturing system followed by an introduction to programming and operation of a robotic cell.

ENGT 2850 - Lean Enterprise

This course provides an overview of the structure and tools of Lean, a systematic method for the elimination of waste within a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity in order to add value to a product or service. Lab activities give students opportunities to recognize forms of waste in a manufacturing process and apply methods used to remove it. Methods covered include Poka Yoke, Why-Why-Why, Value Stream Mapping, Kaizen, Kanban, 5S and Six Sigma.

Non-Credit Medical Training

Phlebotomy (High School Seniors)

This Phlebotomy Technician course prepares students for national certification and entry-level employment by covering topics top including OSHA, CLIA, HIPAA, and CDC standards, therapeutic communication techniques, law and ethics, medical terminology, and anatomy and physiology. Students develop proficiency in phlebotomy and dermal puncture as well as specimen collection and testing for health maintenance and disease prevention.

Owned & Operated By the Fairfield County Commissioners
Learning Spaces
Large 15,000 Sq. Ft. Classroom and Meeting Spaces
Established to Progress Regional Workforce Initiatives
Training Area
42,000 Sq. Ft. Designed for Industrial Use

How to apply

Students may take the above classes for credit if they'd like to use the credits for a future degree or certificate program. Students will need to enroll as non-degree seeking students at least 2 weeks prior to the start of courses.


Employer-Sponsored Students

Employers may use the Ohio University Sponsored Students process to pay for the employees taking the training.

Employers also have the ability to use the state’s TechCred program to be eligible to have 100% of the training costs reimbursed at successful completion of the training.


Trevor Warfield

Engineering Technology, Ohio University Lancaster
Fairfield County Workforce Center
Engineering Technology and Management