The Associate of Technical Study (A.T.S.) degree program offered through the Department of Engineering Technologies provides the student the opportunity to develop a tailor-made program of instruction, which may include already learned skills, life experiences, and course credits from appropriate trade schools, career centers, colleges, and universities. Such program needs may not necessarily fit into traditional university program offerings.
Admission requirements will adhere to the full admission requirement of Shawnee State University. Upon application, the student will be advised and counseled in a program which matches the student’s interest and aptitude in so far as possible. High school records, equivalency exams, and English and math course placement test scores will be evaluated. Students may apply for the A.T.S. program by scheduling an advising conference with the Department Chair, Engineering Technologies, or his or her designee, who will assist him or her in planning an individualized program of study. Students who plan to use the life experiences or other non-collegiate work as part of their A.T. S degree must enroll in the course ETCO1001 Technical Portfolio Development (1 cr. hr.)
The program may be denied if:
- Standards are not comparable to other technologies offered at Shawnee State University.
- The proposed A.T.S. program duplicates an existing technology offered at Shawnee State University.
For situations in which the University does not offer technical courses needed to fulfill the A.T.S. degree requirements, cooperative arrangements may be entered into with approved public and private colleges, as well as accredited correspondence schools, vocational centers, and schools conducted by business and industry. Transfer credits, credits by examination, or credit by any other acceptable method in current use at Shawnee State University may be granted.
Graduation requirements for the A.T.S. degree program will adhere to the minimum requirements to earn an associate-level (2 year) degree at Shawnee State University:
- Minimum of 60 semester credit hours of coursework.
- Minimum of 19 semester credit hours in general education, including 6 semester credit hours in English, 3 semester hours of mathematics at or above MATH 1020, 9 semester hours total from 3 different areas of the Foundational level of the University’s General Education Program as approved by the student’s faculty advisor.
- Minimum of 12 semester hours in engineering technology core courses as approved by the student’s faculty advisor.
- The A.T.S. degree can comprise: a) Minimum of 30 semester hours in industrial and engineering technology studies of which 15 are to be concentrated in a single discipline. This is the area of study where A.T.S. students will have the greatest input to define their occupational goals. This can include a maximum of 12 semester credit hours earned through portfolio assessment; or b) Maximum of 30 semester hours in industrial and engineering technology related studies undertaken at other institutions of higher education, vocational centers, career centers (Adult Workforce Education – AWE), Ohio Career Technical Credit Transfer (CT2) initiative, DD214 reports, or other educational enterprises such as apprenticeship training documented through portfolio assessment.
- Minimum of 2.00 grade point average overall.
- Minimum of 30 semester credit hours of resident coursework completed at Shawnee State University.
Initial Counseling Procedure
A student’s interest in pursuing the A.T.S. degree will begin with the application procedure by first being directed to the chairperson, Department of Industrial and Engineering Technologies for tentative program approval. Students who plan to use the life experiences or other non-collegiate work as part of their A.T.S. degree must enroll in the course ETCO 1001 Technical Portfolio Development (1 cr. hr.).
The A.T.S. Degree is offered in the following concentrations:
- Building Maintenance Technology
- Carpentry Craft Technology
- Computer Technology
- Construction Technology
- Electrical Craft Technology
- Environmental Field Technician*
- Industrial Maintenance Technology
- Pipefitting Craft Technology
- Uranium Enrichment*
*These concentrations require specialized courses and are offered only upon sufficient demand.