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Bachelor of Applied Science, Electrical Engineering Technology

We are all affected, if not personally influenced, by electricity. We trust that the light will turn from red to green while we are in traffic on the way home, and we trust that the porch light is on when we get home late. We trust that companies like AEP know how to solve many of our personal problems. We call them to report an outage, we call them to complain, we call them to make our home whole again and turn the power back on. 

Who are these women and men in the field, and where do they get their training?

The simple answer—Zane State College. 

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (BSET) program is designed in response to the critical need for an electric utility workforce. In this program, you will train on the exact equipment of a Protection and Control Drop-In Module; 85% of your time will be spent once you hit the field. How many degrees can you say provide that specific amount of training? Analyzing, installing, testing, commissioning, and maintaining the protection and control systems used across our nation’s high-voltage power grid. For many careers, you need your college education and 5-6 years of field experience, but this program cuts that wait time in half for students like you! Thanks to AEP, ZSC graduates have the complete package.

The electric utility industry is a crucial service establishing operations of all businesses, industries, and homes, relying on uninterrupted, on-demand electrical infrastructure. Innovative grid technologies and advancing protection and control systems force companies to demand a better-educated workforce. Companies such as AEP empower a workforce to address this need, but they need the training and knowledge to implement the connection for users just like you.

There is no other program like it around. This program is customized for ZSC students to achieve an in-demand degree, with a job waiting once they graduate.  

Highlights

One-of-a-kind program designed with AEP, American Electric Power, in response to the critical need for an electric utility workforce.

Allows qualified students to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in as little as two years.

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What is the Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (BSET)?

BSET is a Bachelor’s Completion program, meaning it is a bachelor’s degree for individuals already holding a qualified associate degree. The BSET Program will add an additional 60 credits resulting in a bachelor’s degree.

Who can apply for BSET?

Graduates of an ABET-accredited associate degree, with a C grade or better in both Physics I and Pre-Calculus, can apply to the Zane State College’s BSET Program. This includes graduates of Zane State College’s EEET.

I have an ABET accredited degree but do not have a C or better in Physics I and Pre-Calculus. Can I still apply?

These classes can be taken during spring and summer semesters before core program classes start in the fall semester. Contact hello@zanestate.edu for assistance.

How do I know if my program is ABET accredited?

Find out with the ABET-Accredited Program Search.

When is the best time to apply to the BSET Program?

Applications are being accepted for classes that start in August. Potential students are encouraged to apply as early as possible before seats are filled. Space is limited — apply today

Is there an application fee?

No. All applications to Zane State College are free.

How many are accepted into the BSET Program each year?

A total of 25 students each year are accepted.

How will I know if I am accepted to the BSET Program?

You will receive a letter of acceptance once we have received and processed your application including your college transcripts.

I am at another institution/have graduated from another institution. Can I transfer into the BSET program?

Yes! The requirements for admission are to have graduated from an ABET-accredited associate degree, with a C grade or better in both Physics I and Pre-Calculus.

I’m a CCP student and want to complete my bachelor’s degree at Zane State College. Which path should I take?

Students who are interested in pursuing the bachelor’s degree at Zane State College should complete the associate of applied science degree in the Electrical/Electronics Technology program first and then apply for admission into the bachelor’s degree.

Do credits for the BSET Program cost the same as associate credits at Zane State College?

Yes, tuition is the same.

How much does the BSET degree cost?

If you already have an ABET-accredited associate degree, then the cost is only $10,740 for tuition plus $2,000 estimated for books. Please note, tuition rates are subject to change.

EEET graduates of Zane State College have the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree through the BSET program or through Miami University. How does Zane State College’s BSET degree differ?

The Zane State College BSET curriculum has a more narrow focus, applicable to careers in the electric utility field. These careers would include both hands-on positions as well as engineering substation design jobs. BSET credits are the same price as associate credits, enabling students to earn a bachelor’s degree at an affordable price.

How long does the BSET Program take to complete?

If full-time, a student can complete this in two years. Part-time students will need to develop an additional plan to determine the best way to complete. The bachelor’s degree is 60 additional credit hours.

The curriculum was developed by faculty from Zane State College’s ABET accredited EEET program, public utility partners, the manufacturing sector, and high school educators. The collaboration spanned across the region, with each entity adding supporting documentation with a focus on industry recognized credentials that align with in-demand occupations.

The curriculum for the Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering Technology Protection and Control at Zane State College is designed to prepare graduates to obtain entry-level employment with companies in the electric utility sector as a:

Protection and Control Technologist

Station Electrician

Meter Electrician

Protection and Control Technician

Generation Dispatcher

Transmission Dispatcher

Distribution Dispatcher

Scheduler

Construction Manager

Telecommunications Technician

SCADA Technician

Transmission and Distribution Planner Service Representative

Principal Designer

Instrument and Control Technician 

Graduates may also find employment nationally or locally in many manufacturing facilities working with a plant electrical engineer in the design and implementation of electrical control and protection circuitry.  

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 2019 Winter Salary Survey provided an entry-level estimate of $69,000/yr median salary for all electrical engineer bachelor’s degree holders. Other sources offer salary estimates based on career averages, meaning that both entry-level and senior level salaries are aggregated. US Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests a May 2018 career average of $99,070/yr for electrical and electronics engineering workers. Visit www.zanestate.edu/BSET for more detailed information on occupations and salaries.

The need for a skilled workforce with an Applied Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical/Engineering Technology in Protection and Control is strong. Companies like American Electric Power (AEP) Ohio, Aerotek, EASi, and Ohio’s Electrical Cooperatives are planning for significant workforce shortages over the next several years — with 140 annual openings expected in the Southeast and Central Ohio regions alone.*

*JobsOhio Predicted Occupational Growth 2014 – 2024 and Ohio Means Jobs

Student Snapshots

A “behind the scenes” glimpse into what it’s like to be a Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology student at Zane State College.  

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Get To Know Your Professor

James Davis

EEET Program Instructor

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Zane State College EEET Program Graduation Data

  • 2012 Graduates: 35
  • 2013 Graduates: 31
  • 2014 Graduates: 26
  • 2015 Graduates: 26
  • 2016 Graduates: 23
  • 2017 Graduates: 29
  • 2018 Graduates: 42
  • 2019 Graduates: 25
  • 2020 Graduates: 25
  • 2021 Graduates: 27
  • 2022 Graduates: 36

Zane State College EEET Program Enrollment Data

  • Fall 2012: 39
  • Fall 2013: 57
  • Fall 2014: 73
  • Fall 2015: 72
  • Fall 2016: 94
  • Fall 2017: 85
  • Fall 2018: 70
  • Fall 2019: 75
  • Fall 2020: 71
  • Fall 2021: 78