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Electro-Mechanical Technology Accelerated

Electro-Mechanical Technology - Accelerated

Associate Degree

Earn an Associate Degree in Electro-Mechanical Technology in just 15 months!

Southwest Tech has restructured the Electro-Mechanical Technology program due to the increasing demand for graduates. You can now earn an associate degree in just 15 months. Employers need you. Your future has arrived.

Automation, robotics, programmable logic controllers, and computers: these are a few of the technologies increasingly relied on by industry to remain competitive in a global marketplace.

Virtually every modern product and convenience from the vehicles we drive, to the utilities that light and heat our homes, to the food and drink on our tables relies on a complex mix of computerized and automated electrical, mechanical, and fluid power systems from production through packaging and distribution.

Electro-Mechanical technicians are the highly skilled workers responsible for installing, programming, monitoring, and maintaining these complex technologies and systems.

  • Overview
  • Is This Occupation for You?

    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.

    Program Basics

    • Associate degree.
    • Day and evening classes.
    • High school articulation courses accepted.
    • Financial aid available.
    • Classes start in June and August.
  • Curriculum & Costs
  • Please note that the first semester is summer, second fall, third spring and the final semester is the next summer.

    Cost of Attendance (COA) 24-25

    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 $4,820
    Living Expenses (Housing and Food) $9,148
    Books and Supplies $1,466
    Personal Expenses $3,608
    Transportation $4,018
    Charger Tech 360 Fee $600
    Loan Fees $84
    Yearly Total (Living Away from Home) $23,744
    1 Semester Total (Living Away from Home) $11,872

    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.

  • Requirements
  • 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 May 1, 2024:

      1. 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
      2. Non-District State Residents
      3. Out-of-State Residents

    Helpful Academic Background

    • Math and science
    • Written and oral communications
    • Electricity, electronics or mechanics

    Program Fees

    • 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.
  • Outcomes
  • Program Outcomes

    At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:

    • Set up and operate equipment or systems to ensure reliable performance.
    • Install, remove, and relocate equipment and systems as directed.
    • Troubleshoot, repair, and update manufacturing equipment.
    • Perform preventative maintenance.
    • Perform safety inspection.
    • Select and order required parts and materials using parts list, catalogs, and standard books

    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.

    If you are unable to access documents here, please contact Technical Skill Attainment Team (, 608.822.2464)
  • Career Opportunities
  • Because of industry's continuing expansion of and reliance on automation and computerization, Electro-Mechanical Technology continues to be one of the fastest growing career fields of the decade. Graduates can choose from a variety of interesting, challenging and financially rewarding career opportunities in virtually any industry that you can name. Recent graduates of the Electro-Mechanical Technology program are employed in a diverse range of industries and occupations including: field service technician, residential and industrial electrician, industrial maintenance mechanic, wind turbine technician, technical sales representative, research and development technician, dairy automation technician, and public utilities technician.

    Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.

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