Associate of Applied Science: Electro-Mechanical Technology

AAS Degree: 100 credits. Advising Guide

Career Description

The Electro-Mechanical Technology (EM-Tech) program provides a solid combination of mechanical, electrical, and programming skills that give our graduates a foundation to start work as technicians in a broad range of industries: wind, solar, hydropower, avionics manufacturing, food and beverage manufacturing, engineering, and others. 

Our graduates get jobs as electrical and mechanical engineers, semiconductor fabricators, wind turbine and power plant technicians, UAV operators and  service techs for mills, semiconductor plants, breweries, the agriculture industry, for companies right here in the region like Insitu, the US Army Corps of Engineers, HP, and Bonneville Power. 

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 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


  • MTH 65 Beginning Algebra (4 credits) completed with a â€œB” or better, or equivalent placement
  • WR 115 Introduction to Expository Writing (4 credits) or IRW 115 Critical Reading and Writing (5 credits) or equivalent placement

Course Map

Sequence shown is a recommended plan for full-time enrollment. Scheduling requirements may prevent all courses from being offered every term. Students must meet with an academic advisor to map their specific degree plan.

Course Credits
EET 111 Electrical Circuit Analysis 15 credits
MEC 123 Industrial Mechanical Systems5 credits
MTH 110 Technical Math (or higher)4 credits
SAF 188 Industrial Safety and OSHA 101 credit
Total 15 credits

EET 112 Electrical Circuit Analysis 25 credits
EET 180 Industrial Computing 3 credits
MEC 120 Hydraulics and Pneumatics 5 credits
CG 209 Job Finding Skills1 credit
WR 121 or WR 121Z Composition I4 credits
Total18 credits

EET 113 Electrical Circuit Analysis 35 credits
EET 141 Motor Control 5 credits
MEC 124 Mechatronic Systems in Advanced Manufacturing 3 credits
General Education Elective 4 credits
Total 17 credits

EET 221 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits 15 credits
EET 251 Digital Electronics 1: Programmable Logic Devices5 credits
RET 223 Power Generation 5 credits
General Education Elective 4 credits
Total19 credits

EET 219 Programmable Logic Controllers3 credits
EET 231 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits 25 credits
EET 252 Digital Electronics 2: Programmable Logic Devices5 credits
General Education Elective 4 credits
Total17 credits

UAS 101 Introduction to Uncrewed Aircraft Systems5 credits
EET 273 Industrial Control5 credits
General Education Elective 4 credits
Total14 credits

Credit Summary  
Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) 51
Mechanical Systems (MEC) 13
Renewable Energy Technology (RET) 5
Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS)5
College Guidance & Success (CG)1
Mathematics (MTH)4
Safety (SAF) 1
Writing (WR)4
General Education Electives16