Degrees & Certificates

Electro-Mechanical Technology AAS
Electro-Mechanical Technology Certificate

Electro-Mechanical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 106 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study

Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) 51
Mechanical Systems (MEC) 15
Renewable Energy Technology (RET) 8
Safety (SAF) 2
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) 4
Career Guidance (CG) 1
General Education Elective 12
Mathematics (MTH) 4
Physical Education (PE) 1
Psychology (PSY) 4
Writing (WR) 4
Credit Total 106

Career Description

The Electro-Mechanical Technology (EM-Tech) program provides a solid foundation in automated electronic technologies preparing students to work as technicians in a broad range of industries: wind, hydropower, avionics manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, engineering, and others. Electro-mechanical technicians perform a variety of job duties: (1) operate and maintain equipment, (2) perform mechanical and electrical component repair to correct malfunctions following manufacturing requirements, (3) comply with project environmental health and safety programs, and (4) perform preventative maintenance in accordance with OEM maintenance manuals. Electro-mechanical technicians use electrical and electronic theory to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify components, circuitry controls, and machinery.

Course of Study

The Associate of Applied Science degree provides a basic level of knowledge and skills in programmable logic controllers, industrial control systems, semiconductors, and higher levels of math and physics. Students must also meet Associate degree comprehensive requirements and Associate of Applied Science Degree requirements.

Students interested in transferring to Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) or Embry Riddle Aeronautical University may start their studies at Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC). Upon completion of their AAS degree in EM-Tech, students can transfer to one of these partner universities and complete a degree in a related engineering field. Students interested in this option are recommended to meet with a CGCC academic advisor and an advisor from their planned transfer institution after their first year of study at CGCC.

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the AAS degree should be able to:

  1. Qualify for employment in the electro-mechanical field as technicians.
  2. Service/repair electro-mechanical systems and assist engineers with the design of electro-mechanical systems by applying knowledge of electrical, electronics, mechanical, control systems and hydraulics/pneumatics concepts.
  3. Communicate effectively both at the individual level and within team settings.
  4. Understand the impact of renewable energy within the context of sustainability and apply sustainability concepts to electro-mechanical practices.
  5. Apply ethical and professional practice within the field of electro-mechanical technology.
  6. Qualify for employment in the high tech field as electronic technicians.

Program Prerequisites

While the Electro-Mechanical Technology AAS is an open entry program, the following prerequisites are required for courses within the degree: MTH 65 with a "B" or better, WR 115, and RD 115.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
EET 111 DC Circuits 5
EET 112 AC Circuits 5
EET 113 AC Power 5
EET 141 Motor Control 5
EET 219 Programmable Logic Controllers 3
EET 221 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits 5
EET 222 Operational Amplifier Circuits 5
EET 242 Microcontroller Systems 5
EET 251 Digital Electronics 1: Programmable Logic Devices 5
EET 252 Digital Electronics 2: Programmable Logic Devices 5
EET 273 Electronic Control Systems 3
MEC 120 Hydraulics 5
MEC 121 Mechanical Power 1 5
MEC 122 Mechanical Power 2 5
RET 101 Introduction to Wind Turbine Operations 2
RET 102 Alternate Energy Resources 1
RET 223 Power Generation 5
SAF 188 Industrial Safety and OSHA 10 2
UAS 101 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems 4
CG 209 Job Finding Skills 1
MTH 95 Intermediate Algebra 4
PSY 101 Psychology and Human Relations 4
WR 121 English Composition 4
  Physical Education Elective 1
  General Education Electives 12

Physical Education Electives

Course Name Credits
  Any Physical Education (PE) course  

Electro-Mechanical Certificate

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) 20
Mechanical Systems (MEC) 15
Renewable Energy Technology (RET) 3
Safety (SAF) 2
Career & Guidance (CG) 1
Mathematics (MTH) 4
Physical Education (PE) 1
Psychology (PSY) 4
Writing (WR) 4
Credit Total 54

Career and Technical Education Certificate: 54 Credits
Career Pathways: Roadmap | Program of Study
Gainful Employment

Career Description

The Electro-Mechanical Technology program provides a solid foundation in automated electronic technologies preparing students to work as technicians in a broad range of industries: wind, hydropower, avionics manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, engineering, and others. Electro-mechanical technicians perform a variety of job duties: (1) operate and maintain equipment, (2) perform mechanical and electrical component repair to correct malfunctions following manufacturing requirements, (3) comply with project environmental health and safety programs, and (4) perform preventative maintenance in accordance with OEM maintenance manuals. Electro-Mechanical technicians use electrical and electronic theory to design, build, repair, calibrate, and modify components, circuitry controls, and machinery.

Course of Study

The Em-Tech program prepares students for employment in industrial environments, including renewable energy, advanced manufacturing and aerospace. These industries seeks employees with skills in electrical engineering, electronics, and mechanical engineering. The certificate of completion provides a basic level of knowledge in these areas and skills in computer applications, math, and writing. The Electro-Mechanical Technology certificate is related to the Associate of Applied Science: Electro-Mechanical Technology AAS degree, and, as such, all coursework in the certificate may be applied to completion of the AAS degree. Students must also meet general certificate requirements.

Program Outcomes

Sudents who receive a certificate of completion should be able to:

  1. Qualify for employment in the renewable energy field as entry-level operators.
  2. Assist technicians with repair/servicing/manufacturing of renewable energy systems by applying basic knowledge of mathematic, electrical, electronic, mechanical, and hydraulic/pneumatic concepts.
  3. Communicate effectively both at the individual level and within team settings.
  4. Understand the impact of renewable energy within the context of sustainability and apply sustainability concepts to their practice.
  5. Apply ethical and professional practice within the field of renewable energy.
  6. Qualify for employment in the high tech field as electronic technicians.

Program Prerequisites

While the Electro-Mechanical Technology certificate is an open entry program, the following prerequisites are required for courses within the certificate: MTH 65 with a "B" or better, WR 115, and RD 115.

Coursework

Course Name Credits
EET 111 DC Circuits 5
EET 112 AC Circuits 5
EET 113 AC Power 5
EET 141 Motor Control 5
MEC 120 Hydraulics 5
MEC 121 Mechanical Power 1 5
MEC 122 Mecanical Power 2 5
RET 101 Introduction to Wind Turbine Operation 2
RET 102 Alternate Energy Resources 1
SAF 188 Industrial Safety and OSHA 10 2
CG 209 Job Finding Skills 1
MTH 95 Intermediate Algebra 4
PSY 101 Psychology and Human Relations 4
WR 121 English Composition 4
  Physical Education Elective 1

Physical Education Electives

Course Name Credits
  Any Physical Education (PE) course