MANSFIELD -- The Ohio State University at Mansfield has announced a new engineering technology degree program to be offered on its campus, beginning in the fall of 2020.
The bachelor of science in engineering technology (BEST) program will combine hands-on learning with theory as students look at industrial systems and business management. The program is aimed at preparing students for leadership in the manufacturing industry.
“With no pun intended, it is beyond the nuts and bolts. It really is thinking about manufacturing as a process and being able to help management at the plant actually bring to life the aspirations of the company,” said Bruce McPheron, executive vice president and provost of the Ohio State University.
The new program comes on the heels of North Central State College's first four-year program, a bachelor’s degree of applied science in mechanical engineering technology (BASMET), which launched this fall.
Graduates will be ready to serve the needs of businesses in a number of industries, helping develop the form and function of components, machines and systems, as well as designing assembly and production processes. The program consists of seven terms of projects, followed by a co-op.
“These students are receiving hand-on training in labs that replicate those in area manufacturers. Then they have the added advantage of being able to work as interns in those companies,” said Dan Wagner, director and chair of the program.
All coursework for both degrees will be available at the OSU/NCSC campus in Mansfield. The university collaborated with multiple local businesses while developing programs.
“These programs align to the needs of area businesses for highly-skilled workers,” said Dorey Diab, president of NCSC. “By growing our own talent, we counter a portion of the brain drain, where our talented young professionals leave the area. We want to equip these students with the needed education, employ them in rewarding careers, and help them become the next generation of leaders of our regional economy.”
“Local companies have said, ‘Yes, we want interns coming in, we want to hire these graduates,'" said McPheron. "So even through the course of their studies, it's likely that they'll spend time in actual manufacturing facilities, seeing how their class work is put into practice.”
Mark Cacchio, human resource director for Next Generation Films, Inc. in Lexington, said the degree option will be beneficial to local employers as well as students.
"The opportunity to earn this bachelor’s degree without having to relocate, or travel to a larger city, keeps people closer to home while studying," Cacchio said.
"This in turn gives area employers looking for engineers the ability to utilize their talents in a traditional co-op program or internship prior to obtaining their degree. Upon graduation, they have a diploma, real world engineering experience with a local organization, all while they maintain roots in Richland County," he said.