Electromechanical Technology

Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems

Business & Technology
Degree awarded: Associate in Applied Science

Program Narrative

Industrial technology is advancing at an amazing pace. The use of electromechanical automation to control manufacturing processes ensures 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 associate's degree prepares you for a rewarding career. Our graduates are qualified to work on such technology as robotics, material handling systems, pharmaceutical packagers and most machines and equipment being controlled with programmable logic controllers.

You can choose to complete our specialized diploma in Electrical Technology to enter the field more quickly. However, if you would like to add to your competitiveness or are considering furthering your education to the bachelor's degree level, 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. We designed the program 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.

Two capstone courses in electromechanical systems offer 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.

The program can be completed on either a full-time or a part-time evening basis using the College's facilities on the Main Campus.

Graduates of our program can transfer their coursework towards one of two online Bachelor of Science degrees: Applied Management through Franklin University and Industrial Management through California University of Pennsylvania. Check with your advisor for more information and options in course selection.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Electromechanical Technology Program: Automated Systems will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently & collaboratively.
  • Demonstrate competent speaking skill when working with diverse groups.
  • Describe the operation and application of commonly used types of 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 mechanic 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.

Electromechanical Technology Automated Systems

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Year
CISC 101 or ELEC 121 Introduction to Computers or Technical Computer Applications 2/3
EMEC 101 Electrical Fundamentals 3
EMEC 118 Hand and Power Pools 1
ENGG 117 Technical Drawings and Specifications 3
ENGL 101C English I 3
MATH 140 College Algebra 3
Second Semester
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
EMEC 105 Introduction to Fluid Power 3
EMEC 110 Mechanical Components 4
EMEC 135 Electrical Motors and Controls 4
ENGL 151T English II (Technical Writing) 3
Summer Session
EMEC 117 Industrial Rigging 1
Third Semester
EMEC 240 Industrial Control Systems I 4
EMEC 253 Electromechanical Systems I 4
PHYS 101 Physics I 4
----------- General Education Elective 3
----------- General Education Elective 3
Fourth Semester
EMEC 245 Industrial Control Systems II 3
EMEC 254 Electromechanical Systems II 4
EMEC 260G Electromechanical Technology Practicum 2
OSAH 100 Industry Outreach Safety Education 1
----------- Technical Elective + 3
----------- Elective 3
Total Credits 67/68

+ Technical Elective options: any EMEC, ELEC, ELTC, ENGG, CHEM, CISC, HVAC or WELD except ENGG 100.

  • 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.

Career Potential: Electromechanical Technician, Maintenance Mechanic, Service Technician

Leading To: Maintenance Supervisor, Service Manager

Machine Repair - Automated Systems Technology

Specialized Diploma

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Year
EMEC 101 Electrical Fundamentals 3
EMEC 110 Mechanical Components 4
EMEC 118 Hand and Power Tools 1
EMEC 117 Industrial Rigging 1
ENGG 117 Technical Drawings and Specifications 3
Second Semester
EMEC 105 Fluid Power 3
EMEC 135 Electrical Motors and Controls 4
EMEC 253 Electromechanical Systems I 4
OSAH 100 Industrial Outreach Safety Education 1
Total Credits 24

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