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Electro-Mechanical Technology
Program Code: 10-620-1


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Associate Degree: 68 Credits, 4 Semesters plus Summer
Appleton and Oshkosh Campuses
Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

As an electromechanical technician, you will construct, test, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment in a variety of industries. The complexity of modern equipment requires an understanding of safety practices, electricity, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanical devices, industrial computers, sensors, motors, drives, process instrumentation and automated systems. Employment opportunities include assembler/tester, automation technician, control systems technician, designer, electromechanical technician, engineering technician, instrumentation technician, maintenance electrician, maintenance technician, PLC programmer, service technician, technical sales representative, test lab technician.


Program Description

Electromechanical Technology combines theoretical and hands-on aspects of electrical, mechanical, fluid power, electronic, and computer control systems. Competency-based curriculum is designed to emphasize analytical understanding and troubleshooting. You will learn to wire and test electrical and electronic circuits, assemble electrical, mechanical and fluid power transmission devices, configure and program electronic and computer controls, calibrate instruments, and tune closed-loop automated systems.

All core courses are offered as one-credit, flexible-schedule classes which must be completed during eight-week short terms. Expect to spend about four hours per week in the lab for each credit. The flexible-schedule format allows for attendance during daytime or evening hours, with a limited schedule during the summer short term. In addition to the core courses, you will round out your education by completing general education courses.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements


Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Electro-Mechanical Technology program will be able to:

  • Perform work safely.
    • Follow lock-out safety procedures and practices to ensure proper start up and shut down.
    • Follow personal protective equipment requirements.
    • Follow established safety policies and practices (e.g., OSHA, site specific).
  • Troubleshoot electrical and mechanical systems and devices.
    • Verify proper operation or problem.
    • Identify the cause of the problem: mechanical, electrical.
    • Determine corrective action.
    • Utilize appropriate test equipment.
  • Repair electrical and mechanical systems.
    • Utilize tools appropriate to the electro-mechanical field.
    • Select replacement components.
    • Configure replacement components.
    • Install replacement components.
    • Validate system performance.
  • Communicate technical information.
    • Interpret documentation of electro-mechanical devices and systems.
    • Use field-specific technical terminology in speaking and writing.
    • Create electro-mechanical diagrams.
    • Document problems and solutions.
    • Interpret electro-mechanical diagrams.
  • Integrate electrical and mechanical systems and devices.
    • Identify required communication protocols.
    • Configure electronic equipment for data communication compatibility.
    • Configure sensors, controls, and actuators for system compatibility.
    • Install required communications infrastructure.
    • Verify communications between systems and devices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet organizational requirements such as timetables, deadlines, schedules and self-disciplined learning.

Program Offered at These Locations
  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive
  • Oshkosh S. J. Spanbauer Center—3601 Oregon Street

Helpful High School Courses

Algebra, geometry, trigonometry, physics, English, electricity, drafting, and computer courses are useful.


Contact Us

For additional information, call or e-mail John Casey at (920) 996-2844 (Appleton) or Mark Miller at (920) 996-2956 (Oshkosh) or visit the department website at www.fvtc.edu/electromechanical.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.


Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?


Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program