Engineering Technology Department

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Engineering technology is your gateway to an exciting career in engineering in emerging technologies such as: 

  • Additive Manufacturing

  • Alternative Energy

  • Drones

  • Electric Vehicles

  • Robotics

What is Engineering Technology? 

Engineering technology is a branch of engineering education that emphasizes the practical aspects of engineering, rather than abstract concepts or theories. It is more hands-on than traditional engineering education, but still provides a pathway to a career as an engineer. 

For more information: 

Director working with Engineering Technology students in the Advanced Technology CenterEngineering Technology Degrees at Kent State Tuscarawas

Our engineering technology program is unique in that it combines a two-year engineering technology education you may expect at a community college and completes the four-year engineering technology degree you would expect from a university. Graduates from the programs will have completed a number of required technical "core" courses in addition to their mathematics, science and general requirements. Consequently, most of our students receive two degrees:

This uniqueness, often referred to as a “2+2” lends itself well to the transfer student who has already completed a qualifying AAS degree, to complete their BS degree in a related concentration at Kent State Tuscarawas.  In fact, all the junior and senior technical classes have on-line equivalents that can be completed at the students' own pace and location.  

Why choose KSU Tuscarawas? 

Electrical/electronic students working in lab

Kent State University at Tuscarawas Engineering Technology programs have a lot to offer:

  • University education at a local level
  • Low tuition
  • Small class sizes
  • Professional instructors with real-life experiences
  • All Engineering Technology degrees are ABET accredited. (for more details, see What is ABET accreditation and why is it important?)
  • Degrees that can be tailored to the technology you are passionate about
  • A local, laid-back campus with lots of free parking!  

What is the difference between engineering and engineering technology?

The difference between engineering and engineering technology is blurred and the two often overlap. In a nutshell:

  • Engineering is more theoretical typically requiring higher-level mathematics with multiple semesters of calculus and calculus-based science courses.
  • Engineering technology is more hands-on and application oriented typically focusing on algebra, trigonometry, applied calculus. Technical courses are more practical in nature. If you are a practical hands-on oriented individual, engineering technology could be right for you! 

Pathway to a Career in Engineering 

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Graduates of engineering technology programs normally work within the engineering team in applied design, project management, product development, testing, manufacturing, production or operations. They may also work in technical services including field engineering, marketing or sales.

Graduates with our two-year associate degree in either Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology or Mechanical Engineering Technology are likely to enter the workforce with position titles such as:

  • Engineering Technician 
  • Design Specialist 
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Mechanical Designer
  • Project Engineer

Graduates of our four-year engineering technology program are likely to enter the workforce with position titles such as: 

Engineering Technology graduates employed at Battle Motors
  • Applications Engineer 
  • Design Engineer 
  • Electrical Engineer 
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Project Engineer 
  • Tooling Engineer 

Local Job Opportunities 

Networking Opportunities 

  • Students have the opportunity to learn from faculty members many who are local industry specialists. This provides students not only with cutting edge practices, but also with contacts from local businesses.
  • The Division of Engineering Technology has many partnerships with local industry through internships that are offered typically in a student’s sophomore year.
  • Many of our current students, not to mention our alumni, have full-time positions in engineering; the collaborative nature of our program leads to a vast amount of networking opportunities. 

Transfer Student Opportunities Engineering Technology students working in the Advanced Technology Center

The unique 2+2 nature of our BS Engineering Technology degree makes our program a good fit for the incoming transfer student. For a student with a previously earned qualifying AAS Degree track, our BS Engineering Technology degree can be completed in two years or at your own pace. The major courses are offered online and at the Kent State Regional Campus tuition rate; the resulting degree is fully ABET Accredited. 

For example:

  • For student with a previously earned Mechanical Engineering Technology, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology, or Alternative Energy Engineering Technology (AAS) degrees it is possible to complete a BS in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Mechanical/Systems, Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology, or Green and Alternative Energy Technology, respectively. 

  • For student with any other previously earned engineering technology (AAS) degree or two years in a qualifying engineering technology program degree it is possible to complete a BS in Engineering Technology with a concentration in Integrated Engineering Technology. 

Program Background 

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  • The Engineering Technology Department, which began in the 1970’s, is well established on the Tuscarawas Campus as well as in the industrial sectors of Tuscarawas County and the surrounding counties in East Central Ohio.
  • Our Engineering Technology degrees are all fully ABET accredited:
    • Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS) degree since 1974
    • Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (AAS) degree since 1978
    • BS Engineering Technology degree since October 2017
  • The strength of engineering technology at Kent State Tuscarawas is that students learn in an applied format. They learn by doing and gain valuable experience that transfers to the workplace. 

Most of our Engineering Technology Department faculty members have worked or are currently working in industry and bring practical experience into the class room from companies such as: 

  • Babcock and Wilcox, Akron, OH
  • Boltaron Inc., Newcomerstown, OH
  • Combi Packaging Inc, North Canton, OH
  • FirstEnergy, Akron, OH
  • The Gradall Company, New Philadelphia, OH
  • Hadlock Plastics, LLC, Geneva, OH
  • H-P Products, Inc, North Canton, OH
  • Meteor Sealing Systems, LLC, Dover, OH
  • The M.K. Morse Company, Canton, OH
  • Novelis, Uhrichsville, OH
  • OMEGA Pressure, Sunbury, OH
  • Robin Industries, Inc., Berlin, OH
  • Sanborn Wire Products, Rock Creek, OH
  • Smith and Wesson Chemical Company, Inc., Rock Creek, OH
  • Union Metal Corporation, Canton, OH 
  • Zimmer Biomet, Dover, OH 

    Specific to the Engineering Technology Department 

    Engineering technology student working on computer
    • Low instructor to student ratios (on average 1:17) gives students personalized attention and plans of study. This gives students clarity about their degree requirements and enables them to meet their academic goals.
    • The Engineering Technology Department has friendly and knowledgeable staff and faculty members who are dedicated to helping students.
    • Students are also able to join organizations like the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and can be involved in nationwide competitions which helps connect them to other students and to the campus.   


    Electrical student working on electric ATV project

    What is ABET accreditation and why is it important?

    ABET is an accreditation board for college and university programs in the disciplines of applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. With ABET accreditation, students, employers and the society we serve can be confident that our program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.

    The Kent State University at Tuscarawas Mechanical Engineering Technology (AAS) degree has been ABET accredited since 1974, our Electrical/Electronic Engineering Technology (AAS) degree since 1978 and our BS Engineering Technology degree since October 2017.

    What this means is:

    • The Kent State University at Tuscarawas Engineering Technology degree has been recognized to meet the global standard for technical education in the engineering technology profession.
    • It enhances the employment opportunities of our graduates, as many multinational corporations require graduation from an accredited program.
    • It supports the ability of our BS Engineering Technology graduates to pursue a Professional Engineers license, as graduation from an ABET-accredited program is a minimum qualification.
    • It paves the way for our graduates to work globally, because ABET accreditation is recognized worldwide through international agreements. 

    NEW Scholarship Opportunity! 

    The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program provides scholarship support to Ohio residents who wish to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine (STEMM). The state of Ohio, recognizing that a workforce trained in these areas is essential for strengthening our economy, has created this program to provide tuition support to Ohio residents pursuing STEMM degrees. 

    For Ohio residents applying to Kent State University or already enrolled full-time, students declared in Engineering Technology majors are eligible for support. First-generation and underrepresented students are strongly encouraged to apply.


    Additional Opportunities

    Need more information?

    Paul Dykshoorn, Engineering Technology Director, 330-308-7475 |