Electromechanical Technology

Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems

Business & Technology
Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science
Certificate and Specialized Diploma Conferred

Program Narrative

Industrial technology is a high priority occupation. The use of electromechanical automation to control manufacturing processes enables high productivity and competitiveness in the global economy. It also demands well-trained technicians who can service, maintain, install and retrofit this sophisticated equipment.

Northampton's Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems A.A.S. degree program is designed to prepare you to enter the maintenance or computer controlled manufacturing environment. Our graduates are qualified to work on such technology as robotics, material handling systems and pharmaceutical packagers as well as most machines and equipment that are controlled with programmable logic controllers.

You can choose to complete our specialized diploma in Machine Repair or our certificate in Instrumentation Process Control to enter the field more quickly. However, if you would like to add to your competitiveness or are considering furthering your education, Northampton's associate's degree in Electromechanical Technology is an excellent option.

Program Features

Northampton's Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems program curriculum was developed with the assistance of many of the area's leading manufacturers and engineering firms. The program was designed to meet the demands of local and national manufacturers for entry-level employees who have broad-based hands-on skills.

As a student in the program, you'll gain a strong understanding of basic electrical, mechanical and computer skills before actual hands-on exposure to programmable equipment and instrumentation. Industry experienced instructors introduce you to specific areas of expertise such as motor controls, fluid power, mechanisms, programmable logic controllers and industrial networks.

A capstone practicum course in electromechanical systems offers the chance to apply all of the specific areas of knowledge you've gained to solve problems within complex automation systems. The practicum course provides an internship experience with an employer, giving you first-hand experience in maintenance and plant engineering functions. As part of the associate's degree program, you will complete general education coursework that prepares you to better communicate and work with all departments within an organization. This can be vital if you wish to grow into a supervisory position.

Graduates of this program can transfer their coursework towards one of two online Bachelor of Science degrees: Applied Management through Franklin University or Industrial Management through California University of Pennsylvania. Check with your advisor for more information and options in course selection. Coursework can also be applied towards a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technical Leadership through Bloomsburg University with all Bloomsburg courses taught at Northampton Community College.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently & collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate competent speaking skills when working with diverse groups.
  • Describe the operation and application of commonly used automated technology and instrumentation used in modern manufacturing and processing.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate proficient research and computer skills in data gathering and analysis.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphics interpretation applicable to the area of equipment maintenance and design.
  • Describe the principles and function of the mechanical, electrical and fluid power components and assemblies used in automated equipment.
  • Operate, program, troubleshoot, repair and modify programmable automation equipment and associated components commonly found in industry.
  • Demonstrate the proper use of common tools and measuring gages used in automated systems.
  • Apply mathematics to solving equipment related problems.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate the use of OSHA safety standards in servicing electromechanical equipment.
  • Demonstrate competent technical writing skills.

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this electromechanical technology pathway include:

  • Manufacturers
  • Construction Companies
  • Automated Equipment Integrators

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.

Please contact Skip Todora, at 610.861.5319 or jtodora@northampton.edu or the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for more information.

Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
  First Semester  
EMEC101 Electrical Fundamentals 3
EMEC125 Process Automation Diagrams – P&ID 2
EMEC140 Sensors, Wiring and Troubleshooting 1
ENGG117 Technical Drawings and Specifications 3
ENGL101 English I 3
MATH140 College Algebra 3
OSAH100 Industry Outreach Safety Education 1
    16
  Second Semester
EMEC105 Introduction to Fluid Power 3
EMEC110 Mechanical Components 4
EMEC130 Introduction to Process Control 3
EMEC135 Electrical Motors and Controls 4
ENGL151T English II (Technical Writing) 3
    17
  Third Semester  
CMTH102 Speech Communication 3
EMEC220 Instrumentation I 3
EMEC240 Industrial Control Systems I 4
EMEC251 Mechanical Systems 3
PHYS101 Physics I 4
    17
Fourth Semester
EMEC225 Instrumentation II 3
EMEC245 Industrial Control Systems II 3
EMEC260G Electromechanical Technology Practicum 2
_____ General Education Elective 3
_____ General Education Elective 3
_____ Elective 3
    17
  Total Credits 67
  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved courses in two of the following categories: Arts & Humanities (AH); Social Science: Societies and Institution over Time (SIT); Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course should be designated as Diversity and Global Awareness (D).
  • Completion of EMEC 260G satisfies the Writing Intensive (WI) requirement.
  • Computer competencies are included in various courses in this program. Thus, completing the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for this program.

Career Potential: Electromechanical Technician, Industrial Maintenance Technician, Instrumentation Technician, Maintenance Supervisor.

Instrumentation Process Control Technician

Business & Technology
Degree Awarded: Certificate

Program Narrative

Northampton's Instrumentation Process Control program is designed to prepare you to enter a career in automated manufacturing. The Instrumentation Process Control certificate program offers coursework for a student wishing to complete their studies within three semesters or advance your current machinery repair skills to the next level.  The program also provides course offerings that prepare you to work as a team player in a specialized manufacturing environment.   Your studies will include state-of-the-art process control equipment and principles from the International Society of Automation (ISA).  You will learn the marketable skills required to work effectively within a manufacturing environment with a strong emphasis on the development of professional attitudes, values, and ethics. As you progress through the program, you'll gain critical thinking and decision-making skills needed in today's quality-oriented business environment.   Graduates of this certificate program can gain employment and then pursue NCC's Electromechanical Technology Automated Controls associate degree program.  This program will be of benefit to those who are seeking a position in manufacturing process control as an instrument technician or those who are seeking to change careers.  It is also useful for production technicians in need of updated skills.  

Program Features

This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled tradesperson in a manufacturing setting.  Students will gain the knowledge and understanding of basic instruments used to measure temperature, pressure, flow and level. Along with troubleshooting skills, you will gain knowledge of installing, calibrating, and tuning a wide array of control loops and understanding and applying Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) control algorithms. This is all accomplished with extensive hands-on lab activities using actual equipment that is used in the field, and computer technology to aid in the diagnostic process   Courses for the Instrumentation Process Control certificate program include Electrical Fundamentals, Introduction to Process Control, Industrial Control Systems I & II, and Instrumentation I & II.  All of the courses in the certificate can be applied to the Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems associate degree program.  

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Instrumentation Process Control program will be able to:  

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary and graphics interpretation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic principles and theories related to improving process control.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot mechanical and electrical problems.
  • Demonstrate observational, integrative, and synthetic skills.
  • Demonstrate the proper use and care of instrumentation equipment.
  • Understand the mechanics and operation of equipment measuring temperature, pressure and flow.
  • Use data to analyze and to avoid failures.

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this Instrumentation pathway include:

  • Food Manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers
  • Chemical Manufacturers  

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.  

Please contact Skip Todora, at 610.861.5319 or jtodora@northampton.edu or the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for more information.

Instrumentation Process Control Technician

Certificate

Course Code Course Title Credits
  First Semester  
EMEC101 Electrical Fundamentals 3
EMEC125 Process and Automation Diagrams – P&ID 2
EMEC130 Introduction to Process Control 3
MATH140 College Algebra 3
    11
  Second Semester
ENGL101 English I 3
EMEC140 Sensors, Wiring and Troubleshooting 1
EMEC240 Industrial Control Systems I 4
EMEC220 Instrumentation I 3
    11
  Third Semester
EMEC225 Instrumentation II 3
EMEC245 Industrial Control Systems II 3
PHYS101 Physics I 4
    10
Total Credits 32

Career Potential: Chemical Equipment Maintenance, Biotech Equipment Maintenance, Electromechanical Equipment Assembler, Control Valve Installer/Repairer, Maintenance Technician, Water Waste Treatment Systems Maintenance.


Machine Repair - Automated Systems

Business & Technology
Degree Awarded: Specialized Diploma conferred   

Program Narrative

Northampton's Machine Repair specialized diploma is designed to prepare you to enter a manufacturing position in a short time frame or advance your current skills to the next level.    Your studies will include mechanical and electrical maintenance and repair practices as they apply to a wide range of industrial machinery and plant equipment.  As you progress through the program, you'll gain critical thinking and decision-making skills with a strong emphasis on the development of professional attitudes, values, and ethics which are required in today's quality-oriented business environment.   Graduates of this specialized diploma program can gain employment and then pursue NCC's Instrumentation Process Control certificate or Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems associate degree programs.  This program will be of benefit to those who are seeking an entry level position in industrial maintenance or those who are seeking to change careers.  It is also useful for those in need of updated mechanical troubleshooting skills.  

Program Features

This program prepares you for the responsibilities and challenges expected of a skilled tradesperson in a manufacturing setting. Responsibilities of an industrial mechanic include the ability to read and interpret blueprints, demonstrate an understanding of electrical principles, the application of troubleshooting principles, and OSHA guidelines.  The program may be completed in as little as two semesters of full time study or on a part-time basis on the College's Main Campus.   Courses for the Machine Repair program include Electrical Fundamentals, OSHA, Introduction to Fluid Power, Mechanical Systems, and Sensors, Wiring and Troubleshooting.  Most of the courses in the specialized diploma can be applied to the Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems associate degree program.

View Gainful Employment information on the Machine Repair certificate program. 

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Machine Repair specialized diploma program will be able to:  

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of electrical principles and practices.
  • Analyze and present data in an acceptable and standardized manner.
  • Demonstrate a basic framework of technical vocabulary.
  • Demonstrate the proper use and care of common hand and mechanical tools.
  • Analyze and troubleshoot mechanical and electrical problems.

Endorsed by Local Employers

Potential employers for those following this machine repair pathway include:  

  • Manufacturers
  • Construction Companies
  • Gas Line Companies
  • Production Plants  

This program can be completed in the day or evening, on a full or part-time basis.  

Please contact Skip Todora, at 610.861.5319 or jtodora@northampton.edu or the Admissions Office at 610.861.5500 for more information.


Machine Repair - Automated Systems 

Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title Credits
  First Semester  
EMEC101 Electrical Fundamentals 3
EMEC105 Introduction to Fluid Power 4
EMEC118 Hand and Power Tools 1
ENGG117 Technical Drawings and Specifications 3
OSAH100 Industrial Outreach Safety Education 1
    12
  Second Semester  
EMEC110 Mechanical Components 4
EMEC135 Electrical Motors and Controls 4
EMEC140 Sensors, Wiring and Troubleshooting 1
EMEC251 Mechanical Systems 3
    12
  Total Credits 24


Career Potential:
Machine Repairer, Industrial Machinery Mechanic, Maintenance Mechanic, Field Service Technician.

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