Degrees & Certificates

Electro-Mechanical Technology AAS 
Electro-Mechanical Technology Certificate 

Electro-Mechanical Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree: 99 Credits

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Credits to Complete Degree

Academic Discipline Credits
Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) 54
Mechanical Systems (MEC) 13
Renewable Energy Technology (RET) 5
College Guidance & Success (CG) 1
General Education Electivess 16
Mathematics (MTH) 4
Safety (SAF) 2
Writing (WR) 4
Credit Total 99

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:

  • operate and maintain equipment
  • perform mechanical and electrical component repair to correct malfunctions following manufacturing requirements
  • comply with project environmental health and safety programs
  • 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. 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

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will 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 hydraulic/pneumatic concepts. 
  3. Apply basic operations management practices and principles in an advanced manufacturing environment. 
  4. Control computer-driven devices through programming in the C language.

Program Prerequisites

MTH 65 completed with a grade of "B" or better. WR 115,  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 170 Embedded Computing 3
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 Fluid Power & Electrical Control of Fluid Power Systems 5
MEC 123 Industrial Mechanical Systems 5
MEC 124 Mechatronic Systems in Advanced Manufacturing 3
RET 223 Power Generation 5
SAF 188 Industrial Safety and OSHA 10 2
CG 209 Job Finding Skills 1
MTH 110 Technical Math 4
WR 121 English Composition 4
  General Education Electives 16

Electro-Mechanical Technology

Credits to Complete Certificate

Academic Discipline Credits
Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) 23
Mechanical Systems (MEC) 13
Career & Guidance (CG) 1
Safety (SAF) 2
Writing (WR) 4
Credit Total 43

Career Pathway Certificate (Parent degree - Electro-Mechanical Technology AAS): 43 Credits

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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

This program prepares students for employment in electro-mechanical technology fields. This industry seeks employees with skills in electrical engineering, electronics, mechanics, and motor controls. The Electro-Mechanical Technology career pathway certificate is fully contained in the Associate of Applied Science: Electro-Mechanical Technology degree, and, as such, all coursework in the certificate may be applied to completion of the AAS degree. Dual-credit alignment exists at Hood River Valley High School for MEC 123.
Students must also meet general certificate requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be able to: 

  1. Qualify for employment in the electro-mechanical field as entry-level operators. 
  2. Assist technicians with the repair, servicing, and manufacturing of electro-mechanical 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. Qualify for employment in the high-tech field as electronics technicians.

Program Prerequisites

MTH 65 completed with a grade of "B" or better. WR 115,  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 170 Embedded Computing 3
MEC 120 Fluid Power & Electrical Control of Fluid Power Systems 5
MEC 123 Industrial Mechanical Systems 5
MEC 124 Mechatronic Systems in Advanced Manufacturing 3
SAF 188 Industrial Safety and OSHA 10 2
CG 209 Job Finding Skills 1
WR 121 English Composition 4