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Operations Technology

Global Competition… Requires Practical Education

Sinclair Community College’s Operations Technology department offers three associate degree programs, one technical certificate and two short term certificate programs. This subject area is designed for technically oriented, hands-on students.

The field of operations technology at Sinclair encompasses many different processes and sides of manufacturing and production—industrial engineering technology, inventory management, lean and Six Sigma, manufacturing, quality assurance and quality control, process improvement, management, and measurement and calibration.

In general, our programs work to help you learn more about the latest methods for making businesses more productive and profitable in a global marketplace. Our programs strives to graduate professionals who can help companies work more efficiently and reduce costs.

This program might be for you if:

  • You enjoy hands-on activities, as well as working with people and technology.
  • You often explore how things work and are interested in improving processes.
  • You are interested in manufacturing processes and the technical skills and machinery used today.
  • You would like to work in or advance in technological manufacturing and industrial environments.

Each of our programs provides you with a variety of focuses in manufacturing and operations technologies. Many graduates within this field of study go on to work in manufacturing settings and in service organizations, such as hospitals, banks, communications companies, consulting firms, and even the federal government.

Those graduates who choose the manufacturing options often work in those same industries much more closely to the machinery used in production operations. Our department takes great pride in arming graduates with the education and experience needed to pursue rewarding, growth-oriented careers.

Certificate Programs

One-year Technical Certificate

Quality Control Technology

This certificate prepares students to apply the basic tools of quality, physics and mechanics to the testing and inspection of mechanical and electronic systems and to take the ASQ CQT exam.

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Short-term Technical Certificate

Continuous Process Improvement

This short-term certificate promotes technical communication skills and teamwork, project management skills, lean manufacturing and continuous improvement skills, application of quality principles, statistics and probability theories, and problem-solving skills as they relate to process improvement. This program reflects the underlying skills necessary for the successful application of six sigma methodologies and provides practice in measuring and improving processes that suffer from quality, throughput and waste problems. The courses in this short-term certificate apply directly to the Operations Technology degree.

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Manufacturing Management

This short-term certificate provides a manufacturing specific background in organizations, industrial supervision, improvement techniques, quality, safety, teamwork and cost analysis. In addition, an elective provides the student an opportunity to customize the program according to his/her individual needs and interests.

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Measurement & Calibration

This short-term certificate provides both theory and practice in measuring parts and processes, analyzing the result and determining the forms of error that contribute to the uncertainty of the measurements. A good measurement system is an underlying requirement for improving quality, throughput and waste problems. This certificate focuses on calibration and dimensional measurements, including coordinate measurements. Pressure, temperature and mass are also covered. This certificate provides sufficient background to pass the ASQ Certified Calibration Technician exam. The courses in this short-term certificate apply directly to the Operations Technology degree.

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Degree Programs

Operations Technology - Associate of Applied Science

The Operations Technology program prepares individuals for leadership roles in the operations of business, industry and service organizations by providing them with the modern tools of today’s high technology workplace. Students learn analysis, continuous improvement, quality assurance and problem solving techniques that can be applied toward financial, health care, manufacturing and service/retail fields. In addition to their associate degree, graduates earn a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. Have an opportunity to become an ASQ Certified Quality Improvement Associate, become an ISO internal auditor, and are awarded an OSHA 10-hour card. Students take part in lecture-lab structured courses and hands-on demonstrations of course principles assuring student will gain practical knowledge as well as the fundamentals. Those who wish to further their studies may transfer to the best four-year colleges and universities.

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Program Accreditation Information
Accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org


Operations Technology/Industrial Engineering Technology - Associate of Applied Science

The Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) option of the Operations Technology program prepares individuals for leadership roles in the operations of business, industry and service organizations with a special emphasis on IET skills. Students learn analysis, continuous improvement, quality assurance and problem solving techniques that can be applied toward financial, health care, manufacturing and service/retail fields. In addition to their associate degree, graduates earn a Six Sigma Green Belt certification, become an ISO internal auditor, and are awarded an OSHA 10-hour card. Students take part in lecture-lab structured courses and hands-on demonstrations of course principles, assuring that they will gain practical knowledge as well as the fundamentals. Those who wish to further their studies may transfer to the best four-year colleges and universities.

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Program Accreditation Information
Accredited by Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., www.abet.org


Operations Technology/Manufacturing - Associate of Applied Science

The Manufacturing Option of the Operations Technology program prepares individuals for leadership roles in the operations of business, industry and service organizations with a special emphasis on manufacturing skills. Students learn analysis, continuous improvement, quality assurance and problem solving techniques that can be applied toward financial, health care, manufacturing and service/retail fields. In addition to their associate degree, graduates earn a Six Sigma Green Belt certification, become an ISO internal auditor, and are awarded an OSHA 10-hour card. Students take part in lecture-lab structured courses and hands-on demonstrations of course principles, assuring that they will gain practical knowledge as well as the fundamentals. Those who wish to further their studies may transfer to the best four-year colleges and universities.

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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Website »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Operations Technology Agreements

Sinclair Community College has worked to develop program-specific agreements to assist you in a more seamless process when transferring from a specific Sinclair degree program to a bachelor’s degree program in the same area of study.

Programs & Articulation Agreements

Operations Technology, Associate of Applied Science

Articulation agreements are in place for transfer to:

  • Central State University (Industrial Technologies)

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including those in the operations technology-related fields, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

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Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module…

Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in operations technologies, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: