Ohio State-Newark will offer a new engineering degree starting in 2023

NEWARK — In a year, local high school graduates could begin the process of earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering technology that will likely lead to a high-paying job in manufacturing — all without leaving Licking County.

Education and employment will all be here, the result of unprecedented levels of communication and coordination between manufacturing and higher education.

A new bachelor’s degree in engineering will be offered at The Ohio State University-Newark, starting in 2023. Students will be able to take classes every four years at OSU-N, then go on to work at one of more than 100 manufacturers of Licking County. , including Intel Corporation, which will pay an average salary of $135,000. Salaries for engineering technology graduates average between $80,000 and $87,000 per year, according to OSU.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology will prepare graduates with the skills needed for high-demand jobs in the state. It equips students with the technical, business, and leadership skills necessary for the advanced manufacturing industry.

The BSET degree is already available at the OSU campuses in Lima, Marion, and Mansfield, but not on the main campus.

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Dean-Director of OSU-Newark Bill MacDonald said the new degree and the preparation behind it was unprecedented, beginning well before Intel’s announcement,

“It’s pretty rare, especially for a new degree, to be earned only on a regional campus,” MacDonald said. “It was developed in conversation with the manufacturers. Intel was just a fluke. It is definitely a program that serves Intel’s interests. It was not developed with Intel in mind.

“We’ve already had a lot of manufacturer input into the development of this. There was a core team that helped develop the program.”

Ohio State touts the BSET program as ideal for prospective students who enjoy problem solving, are interested in leadership roles, and want to learn how things work. The university’s press release says manufacturers want employees with these characteristics and skills who integrate business and leadership principles with engineering processes and technical knowledge.

“It’s something manufacturers wanted to see,” MacDonald said of the program, “Applying engineering technology with up-to-date tools to really be able to come in and analyze from an engineering perspective, and explain and communicate very well, and hands-on working with equipment.

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Intel Corporation plans to build two computer chip factories, called fabs, in western Licking County. The company expects production to start in 2025 and employment to reach 3,000. The project is also expected to create 7,000 construction jobs and 10,000 indirect jobs. Intel said the development could reach an investment of $100 billion.

The launch of BSET has been delayed here due to construction and renovation projects at the Newark campus, as the other regional campuses launched the program two years ago.

A year ago, Ohio State Newark opened the $32 million, 60,000 square foot John and Mary Alford Center for Science and Technology to meet demand for STEM courses. The facility provides students with enhanced research space, state-of-the-art classrooms, interactive technology, and dedicated spaces designed to encourage collaboration.

“Our recruiting efforts now begin for fall 2023,” MacDonald said. “We’re hoping to recruit 25 students. That would be super strong now with the job market as good as it is. Maybe we’re not seeing quite the enrollment we’re hoping for right away.

“They’ll come out with a degree from Ohio State. It’s affordable and close to home, and you can do it all here. I think local students, if they plan to stay in the area, it will be an added attraction for the Newark campus.

Ohio State’s Ohio Manufacturing Institute engaged industry focus groups across the state and analyzed federal data to determine the characteristics needed to become an engineering technologist in the manufacturing environment. manufacturing today,” said IMO Executive Director Kathryn Kelley.

Kelley said local contributions came from Central Ohio Technical College, Licking County Vocational and Technology Centers, Port Authority of Heath-Newark Licking County, Ariel Corporation, Velvet Ice Cream, Replex Plastics and The Works.

Rick Platt, executive director of the Port Authority, has long promoted science, technology, engineering and math skills.

“STEM skills and STEM education are important in Licking County and have been for a while, but now we have 100 billion reasons to pay attention,” Platt said, alluding to the record investment. Intel Corporation potential in Licking County.

“Our customers on the Port Authority campus have long demanded engineering skills,” Platt said. “I hope there is now a greater awareness of implementing engineering skills.”

Kelley explained why educators and makers are coordinating their efforts like never before.

“It’s at an all-time high because it’s a crisis, a shortage of workers, and we all have to find solutions,” Kelley said. “Manufacturers have been there from the start. It’s really demand-driven. There’s a huge need.”

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