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New industrial electrician certificate offers quick entry to high-paying career options

| June 2, 2022

Thanks to a new certificate offered by Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), an in-demand job as an industrial electrician could be yours within a year.

Beginning this autumn, this six-course Industrial Electrician Tier I Certificate is an efficient option for students looking to enter the job market quickly while also laying the groundwork for a long- term career.

Graduates who earn the Industrial Electrician Certificate will work closely with electrical engineers to design and develop industrial equipment. This certificate offers an introduction to the field of electrical engineering, including computer-aided drafting (CAD). Students who complete the Industrial Electrician Certificate can enter the workforce as engineering technicians. The median hourly wage in Ohio for electrical and electronic engineering technicians is $31.36, according to Ohio Labor Market Information.

Due to Intel’s announcement in January that they will invest $20 billion in two semiconductor manufacturing facilities in Licking County, creating 3,000 permanent jobs, the region’s high-tech industrialization will continue to accelerate rapidly. Plus, Intel’s public announcement that they plan to hire 70% of their Ohio workforce at the associate degree level draws welcome attention to the relevance of associate degrees.

Credits from the industrial electrician certificate can be applied directly to COTC’s electrical engineering technology associate degree program, offering graduates a seamless path toward professional development and setting them up for success in their long-term career goals.

This new certificate will be available at COTC’s Newark, Knox and Coshocton campuses this fall. Autumn semester starts Aug. 24. Students can apply to COTC for free at cotc.edu/apply.

To learn more, contact the COTC Admissions Office at [email protected] or 740-366-9222.

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