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Logistics Engineering Technology

Building an Academic Pathway for Logistics Engineering Technicians

Addressing the industry need for education qualified Logistics Engineering Technicians by creating an interdisciplinary curriculum pathway with supply chain management, engineering technology, and information technology coursework.

Columbus State Community College in Central Ohio in collaboration with Eastland-Fairfield Career Center, its 16 associated school districts, Franklin University, and key regional industry partners, is developing a new multi-disciplinary academic pathway in Logistics Engineering Technology. This project is designing and developing an associate degree curriculum that incorporates engineering, information technology and supply chain management delivered through a blended delivery model that integrates a learning object methodology. Instructional and student support systems are being developed to help establish the optimal environment for student success. The overall project goal is to create a career pathway for industrial engineering and operations technicians with the STEM and subject matter knowledge to support the increasingly complex technology needs of the supply chain sector while providing program graduates opportunities in a variety of industries.

Project Deliverables:

1. Occupation Job Skills Analysis: In February 2015, a group of six key central Ohio companies were gathered to conduct an all-day Industry Job Skills Analysis for the Logistics Engineering Technician role using Compression Planning with Storyboarding. The compression planning session led to the creation of a detailed occupation chart that was used as the foundation for instructional program planning and curriculum development.

2. Integrated 2+2+2 Career Pathway: Columbus State is currently in the process of gaining Ohio Board of Regents approval for a new Logistics Engineering Technology Associate’s Degree based upon the results of Compression Planning with Storyboarding and recommendations of the Industry Advisory Committee. The project will leverage its existing relationship with Eastland-Fairfield Career Center to create an additional dual enrollment program that will directly articulate to the Associate’s degree at Columbus State. Additionally, Columbus State is partnering with Franklin University’s Operations and Supply Chain faculty to finalize an articulation agreement to a baccalaureate degree.

3. Pre-College Initiative: The pre-college initiative targets high school students, educators, and counselors. A key component of this initiative is the coordination and implementation of a STEM Summer Camp for high school students designed to inspire a future in STEM-related careers. Future efforts will focus in expanding the summer camp initiatives and providing educational briefing sessions for high school parents, advisors, and guidance counselors.

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What is ATE?

The Logistics Engineering Technology project is being funded by a National Science Foundation grant under the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program (DUE 1400452). With an emphasis on two-year colleges, Advanced Technological Education program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities.


NSF LogoThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1400452