Modern Manufacturing Work Study


Preparing the next generation of engineering technicians.

Engineering technicians provide design support and maintenance for robotic, electrical, mechanical and other advanced systems. And demand for these skills is at an all-time high in virtually every industry.

In two years, students in the Modern Manufacturing Work Study Program can walk into a high-demand, high-paying position—often without ever having to search for employment!

Students complete two full-time semesters in the classroom/lab, receiving intense instruction in:

  • Fluid-power
  • Electrical systems
  • Mechanical System
  • Robotic Systems

They finish their Engineering Technology degree working three days a week at a partner company and attending class at Columbus State the other two, for a unique combination of theory and applied training.

Graduates are prepared to step into a full-time position with little additional training.

Program Benefits

  • Earn while you learn through Work Study.
  • Learn in the classroom, in the lab, and on the job.
  • Prepare for immediate employment upon graduation.
  • Low tuition + Work Study income = Less student debt!

View our commercial, featuring the Columbus State/Honda of North America, Inc. partnership.

Meet Students From the Modern Manufacturing Work Study Program



Anton’s path into engineering began in high school studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through Project Lead the Way. His credits transferred directly into Columbus State and toward his Electro-Mechanical Engineering degree. In the Modern Manufacturing Work Study Program, he worked part time making $18 an hour. Upon graduation, Honda offered Anton a full-time position as a robotics technician.



Now in her second year of the Modern Manufacturing Work Study Program, Erica attends classes two days a week and works the other two days repairing and maintaining robotic equipment. “When I found out I could get a paying job while I was in school doing something I love, and be a candidate for a full-time job with a great starting salary when I graduate— it seemed like a perfect choice,” says Erica.

Partner Companies

Partner companies are eager to hire successful graduates, creating a virtually guaranteed career path in this in-demand field.

Modern Manufacturing Work Study partner companies

Engineering Technology Sample Plan of Study


  • Advanced Automation Institute
  • Manufacturing Plant Tour

1st Semester

  • First Year Experience
  • Motors & Control Logic
  • Industrial Applications & Software
  • Engineering Graphics
  • Mathematics

2nd Semester

  • Physics
  • Control Logic & PLCs
  • Basic DC Electronic Systems
  • Basic Digital Systems
  • English Comp I

Interviews for paid Work Study position with partner companies.

3rd Semester

  • Robotics
  • Welding: Intro Stick
  • Basic Mechanisms & Drives
  • CAD I
  • Technical Writing

Work Study 3 days a week with partner company.

4th Semester

  • Manufacturing Materials & Processes
  • Machine Tools
  • Social Behavioral Science elective

Work Study 3 days a week with partner company.

5th Semester

  • Basic AC Electronic Systems
  • Data Acquisition Systems
  • Humanities elective

Work Study 3 days a week with partner company.

Department of Labor LogoThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1400354.