In the world of manufacturing, constant technology change brings with it more complex systems of assembly, control measurement, and material processing of manufactured products. The Electro-Mechanical Technology program provides training in electrical and electronic controls, robotics, utilization of computers and computer-based controls, as well as the knowledge of how these controls integrate with hydraulics, pneumatics and other mechanical drive elements to form automated systems.
Is This Program for You?
Are you mechanically inclined and comfortable with computers? Do you have good math skills? Answering “yes” could mean that a rewarding career awaits you in the Electro-Mechanical field.
Students entering the Electro-Mechanical Technology program should:
- Have an interest in math and science.
- Enjoy problem solving.
- Think creatively.
- Enjoy working with their hands.
- Have good hand-eye coordination.
- Enjoy working with people.
- Have good communication skills.
- Are detail-oriented.
- Be interested in becoming an electrician.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Classes are offered, daytime, face to face, and on campus.
- High school articulation courses accepted.
- Financial aid available.
- Classes start in January and August.
- Curriculum & Costs
Cost of Attendance (COA) 23-24
Cost of Attendance (COA) is a total of all the usual expenses of being a student. The COA sets the maximum amount of financial aid a student can receive.
Category Amount Tuition and Fees $4,713 Living Expenses (Housing and Food) $9,614 Books and Supplies $2,061 Personal Expenses $2,245 Transportation $2,007 Charger Tech 360 Fee $600 Loan Fees $83 Yearly Total (Living Away from Home) $21,323 1 Semester Total (Living Away from Home) $10,662
Based on Wisconsin Residents.
Approximate school costs are for a full-time (12 credit) student over a semester span of 17 weeks.
Fees are legislated by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board.
These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice.
Admission and Program Requirements
- Submit Application
- To make sure your classes are the right fit, we consider any previous college credit you've earned, Accuplacer or ACT scores, high school GPA, or an assessment at your registration session. Submit High School Transcripts, College Transcripts, and Test Scores to: Southwest Tech, Attn: Admissions, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore, WI 53809
- Admissions Preference Policy
Priority for program acceptance will be given in this order until January 1, 2024:
- Southwest Wisconsin Technical College District Residents (permanent address is in one of Southwest Tech’s 30 school districts the College serves) Southwest Tech District Information
- Non-District State Residents
- Out-of-State Residents
Helpful Academic Background
- Math and science
- Written and oral communications
- Electricity, electronics or mechanics
- This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
- Estimated cost for each semester can be found under the Curriculum tab. Please note that costs are approximate and are based on the current academic year.
- Please discuss additional fee questions with the program advisor or instructor.
Students must have eye wear protection (safety glasses with side shields or wrap around safety glasses over prescription glasses) and must meet OSHA Z87.1 or greater while they are conducting operations that are deemed hazardous in nature. These glasses can be purchased at the College Bookstore.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Perform work safely
- Troubleshoot electrical and mechanical systems and devices
- Repair electrical and mechanical systems
- Communicate Technical Information
- Setup, Install, and Integrate electrical and mechanical systems and devices
Technical Skill Attainment (TSA)
This TSA scoring guide will be used to document your attainment of technical program outcomes for the Electro-Mechanical Technology Degree. To meet the requirements on the scoring guide, you will be asked to draw upon the skills and concepts that have been developed throughout the program and are necessary for successful employment in your field. Results will be used to inspire continual improvement of teaching and learning in Wisconsin Technical College System. In addition, this assessment will provide feedback to you about your performance.
- Career Opportunities
Recent graduates of the Electro-Mechanical Technology program are employed in a diverse range of industries and occupations. The list below contains just a few examples of opportunities in one of the fastest growing career fields.
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
- Prior Learning
Credit for Prior Learning
Experience Pays! You've Been There... You've Done That... Let's See If You Can Get Credit For It!
Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information on Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
At any time, you may Request Credit for Prior Learning.
Electro-Mechanical Technology Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options:
Course # Course TitleChallenge Exam
10-150-126 Premises Cabling Technician FOA Certified Premises Cabling Technician (CPCT) 10-620-156 Fiber Optic Cabling Technician FOA Certified Fiber Optic Technician (CFOT) 10-801-136 English Composition 1 CLEP Test - College Composition 10-801-197 Technical Reporting 10-804-113 College Technical Math 1A CLEP Test - College Math 10-804-114 College Technical Math 1B CLEP Test - Pre-Calculus 10-809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies