Welcome to the Electro-Mechanical Technology program!
Electro-Mechanical Technology (EM-Tech) program offers premier workforce training through a 9-month Certificate and/or a 2-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. This nationally-recognized program prepares students to work with automated electronic technologies in a variety of industries, including renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, unmanned aircraft systems and engineering.
Students continue to practice tower climbing, working in a confined space, and rescue techniques in the program for jobs in wind energy and other technician jobs that require climbing. The climbing tower on the The Dalles Campus is an essential part of the first-year curriculum.
The Electro-Mechanical field is seeing rapid growth in technology, creating jobs which will require highly skilled workers over the next two decades. Building on a solid foundation in math, our students learn in a rigorous, hands-on environment and are well-prepared to tackle the challenges of technology-focused industries. EM-Tech graduates work for a variety of agencies and companies such as Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, Cloudcap Technology, Insitu, Cardinal Glass, Intel, Hewlett Packard and many different wind farm companies.
Diverse employers from around the country seek out EM-Tech students for their broad and diverse skills and experience. EM-Tech graduates work as technicians in wind, hydropower, avionics manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing and engineering fields.
Graduates of the program have been hired by Fieldcorp, Hewlett Packard, Insitu, US Army Corps of Engineers, Gemini Energy Services, Sydney Sugars, Cardinal Glass, White Creek Wind, Cloud Cap Technology, Custom Interface, Cannon Power Services, Oregon Cherry Growers, The Dalles Public Works, and many others.
Columbia Gorge Community College's technician training program has undergone a progression of transformations over the last sixteen years as the college responds to workforce training needs in the region. What started as the Electrical Engineering Technology (EET) program in 2001, evolved into the Renewable Energy Technology (RET) program in 2007 and now to the Electro-Mechanical (EM-Tech) program in 2017.