Jul 22, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Engineering Technology Major (A.A.S.)

Major code AA4999*

Russ College of Engineering and Technology  
Engineering Technology and Management  
125 Stocker Center
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1455

Zaki Kuruppalil, Dept. Chair, Engineering Technology and Management/contact person

Available at the following locations:

  • Lancaster Campus and at the Fairfield County Workforce Center

Program Overview

Ohio University Lancaster offers a two-year program leading to an Associate of 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 courses including manufacturing processes, mechatronics, automation, and robotics, 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, operation, and repair. The concentration focuses on controls, programming, troubleshooting automated equipment and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). This associates degree has two built-in certificates– one in Automation and another one in Mechatronics.

*This program was previously AA5023 which awarded the Associate in Applied Science degree. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program code will be AA4999 and will award the Associate of Applied Science degree effective the 2024-25 catalog year.

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, welding and metal fabrication, hydraulics and pneumatics, and electronics, PLCs, 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
  • Maintain common manufacturing processes
  • Identify potential safety concerns and designate a proper emergency plan
  • Communicate technical topics in a professional manner

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 (PLCs) 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.


Technical Associate Degree Requirements

The minimum requirement for the Associate of Applied Business (A.A.B.) or the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is the completion of 60 credits with a 2.0 accumulative GPA in both the major area of study and all course work attempted at Ohio University. A maximum of 15 credits earned through prior learning assessment may be applied to any technical associate degree. You must earn a minimum of 18 semester credit hours while enrolled at Ohio University, and you must earn a minimum of 50 percent of coursework taken to fulfill your major concentration in residence with resident credit as defined in the Graduation Requirements – University-wide  section. You also must meet Ohio University BRICKS  requirements for associate degrees. 

To earn a technical associate degree, you must complete an Application for Update of Program(s), available from any college office or regional campus student services office.

Major Hours Requirement

The Engineering Technology major program requires a minimum of 61 hours.

Non-Major Required Courses

 Complete the following courses:

Complete one OHIO BRICKS Course

Complete one of the following (3 credit hours) to fulfill OHIO BRICKS  requirements:

  • Humanities: Texts and Contexts (PHTC)
  • Humanities: Arts (PHA)
  • Social or Behavioral Sciences (PSBS)