Electro-Mechanical Technology (Industrial Maintenance)

A Focus on Advanced Manufacturing

Electro-Mechanical Technology (Industrial Maintenance/Mechatronics) is one of the technical skills training programs offered by Community College of Philadelphia. It combines classroom and hands-on training to provide you with the fundamental skills needed to begin a high-paying career as an Electro-Mechanical Technician, which is an essential position in the manufacturing industry.

As an Electro-Mechanical Technician, you will be trained in a variety of skill areas, allowing companies to utilize your knowledge for a variety of technical and mechanical issues. Learn a combination of electrical and mechanical skills based in computer-aided drafting, and machine technology that creates a unique blend of technical knowledge desirable to industry. Gain the trouble-shooting and industrial maintenance skills that are needed by advanced manufacturing companies. Having a multi-skilled technician on staff that can address issues immediately allows companies to continue production at a minimal loss.

Upon completion of your training, be prepared to take the foundational skills testing: Festo Industry 4.0 Level One Fundamentals Certification. Note: The cost for certification is not included in the training.

Community College of Philadelphia offers the Electro-Mechanical Technology course in either a 606 Hour complete program or the Electro-Mechanical Modular option, consisting of six modules and 375 hours of learning. These programs provide you with the option to enroll in the entire sequence of modules or take the modules that meet your specific career needs or interests.

Career Opportunities

Entry-level salaries for the following positions can be as high as $47,800 per year, depending on the industry. Examples of jobs include:

  • Electro-Mechanical Technicians
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanics
  • Machinery Maintenance Workers

Electro-mechanical technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. They operate, test and maintain unmanned, automated, robotic or electro-mechanical equipment. These technicians also install, maintain and repair automated machinery and equipment in industrial settings.

Industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers maintain and repair factory equipment and other industrial machineries, such as conveying systems, production machinery and packaging equipment. Millwrights install, dismantle, repair, reassemble and move machinery in factories, power plants and construction sites.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers to grow 19 percent from 2020-2030. The increased adoption of sophisticated manufacturing machinery will require more mechanics to keep machines in good working order.

Topics covered in the Electro-Mechanical Technology 606 Hour Program:

  • Technical Skills (Power-source and Process Fundamentals): 375 hours
  • Technical Foundation: 135 hours
  • Industry Overview: 24 hours
  • Essential Skills: 72 hours

Power–source Fundamentals include:

  • Intro to Mechatronics | Program Hours: 60
  • Electricity 1 | Program Hours: 45
  • Applied Hydraulics, Pneumatics & Hydrostatic | Program Hours: 75

Process Fundamentals include:

  • Mechanisms 1 | Program Hours: 75
  • Machine Control & PLC | Program Hours: 60
  • Industrial Robot Programming | Program Hours: 60

When you complete the Electro-Mechanical Technology 606 Hour program, you will gain entry-level knowledge of mechanical technology, including electrical and electronic circuits, and be prepared to operate, test and maintain electro-mechanical equipment. The 606 Hour program also offers additional foundational skills training to include: an Industry Overview, Shop Math, OSHA 10: General Industry, Ramsay Mechanical Aptitude Preparation, Prints Layout and Measurements for Machining, and Essential Non-Technical Skills for Workplace Success which involves communication, team building, employability skills, and winning work habits.

Upon completion of your training, be prepared to take the foundational skills testing: Festo Industry 4.0 Level One Fundamentals Certification. Specifically, the (Fundamentals of Industry 4.0); (Fundamentals of Sensor Technology); (Fundamentals of Electricity - AC/DC); (Fundamentals of Fluid Power - Pneumatics/Hydraulics); (Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems); (Fundamentals of PLCs - Allen Bradley/Siemens); and (Fundamentals of Robotics) certifications. Note: The cost for certification is not included in the training.

The Electro-Mechanical Technology 606 Hour noncredit certificate program provides academic credits that can be used towards specific credit-bearing degree programs upon completion and enrollment in the credit degree program.


Topics covered in the Electro-Mechanical Modular 375 Hour Program:

Electro-Mechanical Module: Introduction to Mechatronics
Establish a foundational base about the Industry 4.0. This workshop presents foundational concepts in mechatronics including analog and digital electronics, sensors, actuators, microprocessors, and microprocessor interfacing to electromechanical systems. Survey components and measurement equipment used in the design, installation, and repair of mechatronic equipment and circuits.

This module will cover the disruptions the manufacturing industry faces, including the various industrial revolutions: Industry 4.0, internet, smart factories, and cyber-physical systems. Discuss the impact and implications that these advancements create in the manufacturing industry. Students will be introduced to various sensors common in the industrial automation field. Hands-on experience plays a central role in teaching these fundamentals of sensors. Examples are provided to demonstrate the general operational principles of different sensors. Special attention is paid to the selection of the right sensor, its connection, the correct setting and functional checking.

Students will be prepared to take the foundational skills testing: Festo Industry 4.0 Level One Fundamentals Certification – (Fundamentals of Industry 4.0) and (Fundamentals of Sensor Technology). Note: The cost for certification is not included in the training.

Electro-Mechanical Module: Electricity 1  
This module covers principles of electricity covering fundamentals, devices and components in both DC and AC circuits. Learn how to decrease production downtime, improve efficiency and increase output, by understanding electricity and how to work with it safely. This workshop has been designed to give students the knowledge and skills required to work safely and effectively with electricity in a manufacturing environment.

Students will be prepared to take the foundational skills testing: Festo Industry 4.0 Level One Fundamentals Certification – (Fundamentals of Electricity - AC/DC). Note: The cost for certification is not included in the training.

Electro-Mechanical Module: Applied Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Hydrostatics
Learn the fluid power system design, operation, testing, maintenance and repair. In this module, cover the fundamental concepts and components of hydraulic, pneumatic, and hydrostatic systems. Practical exercises are used to demonstrate the operations, which are based on standard symbol circuits. Maintenance and a systematic approach to fault finding are covered. An overview of compressors, storage, dryers and distribution, the design, construction and operation of a range of actuators, valves and ancillary equipment is provided.

Topics include reservoirs, pump connecting valves, cylinders, pressure regulating valves, flow control valves, hydraulic motors, and introduction to basic hydrostatic hydraulic systems. At the end of this module, students will develop a sound competence for the safe operation and maintenance of one of the most common automation elements in industry.

Students will be prepared to take the foundational skills testing: Festo Industry 4.0 Level One Fundamentals Certification –  (Fundamentals of Fluid Power - Pneumatics/Hydraulics). Note: The cost for certification is not included in the training.

Electro-Mechanical Module: Mechanisms 1
The driving force behind most industrial applications is Mechanical Systems. Gears, drives, bearings, pulleys, and more are found in nearly everything that moves. This module covers the installation, use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of mechanical drive components and systems. In addition, provides techniques for disassembly, inspection, alignment and reassembly of industrial machinery. The curriculum is divided into various topics, which deal with the components encountered within industry. Learning is based on practical, hands-on tasks to build know-how in operating and maintaining these vital systems. This includes hands-on activities involving alignment of motor and pump shaft; tension of multi-belt sheaves; and the setting of end play and backlash in a gear box.

Students will be prepared to take the foundational skills testing: Festo Industry 4.0 Level One Fundamentals Certification – (Fundamentals of Mechanical Systems). Note: The cost for certification is not included in the training.

Electro-Mechanical Module: Machine Control & PLCs
This module provides an introduction to hardwired relay logic and the Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) as utilized in a variety of different control tasks. Working with a PLC efficiently requires a strong familiarity with the specifics of the programming environment and languages. Cover different types of inputs and outputs in control system. In this workshop, you will work to acquire hands-on experience with industrial control equipment while working on high-end products. Realistic examples are used to gain the skills needs to work with PLC controlled systems – which surround us in our daily lives.

Students will be prepared to take the foundational skills testing: Festo Industry 4.0 Level One Fundamentals Certification – (Fundamentals of PLCs - Allen Bradley/Siemens). Note: The cost for certification is not included in the training.

Electro-Mechanical Module: Industrial Robot Programming
The future is now. Robotics are becoming more and more common, from repetitive tasks to highly complex interactions with humans. This module is designed to introduce you to the various types of robots and ways they can increase productivity in industrial applications. Get an introduction to the industrial robotics and their programming for repetitive manufacturing systems. Topics include the design of software that ensures safe operation and programming of both on- and off-line robot operations.

Working with robotic systems requires people with the technical skills to program, operate, and maintain them. Students will work with real industrial robotic applications, which will allow you to learn how to program and edit robot programs to accomplish various tasks.

Students will be prepared to take the foundational skills testing: Festo Industry 4.0 Level One Fundamentals Certification – (Fundamentals of Robotics). Note: The cost for certification is not included in the training.

When you complete this Electro-Mechanical Modular 375 Hour program, you will have knowledge of mechanical technology, including electrical and electronic circuits, and be prepared to operate, test and maintain electro-mechanical equipment. Students will have the knowledge required to assemble systems, troubleshoot, repair, and upgrade machinery and the associated control systems. For comprehensive certification training, you should complete all six (6) modules. However, each module may be taken independently.


Program Qualifications

Successful applicants will have math skills, mechanical aptitude; and good hand-eye coordination. High school diploma or GED/equivalent.

Location

Opening in 2022, the Career and Advanced Technology Center will include state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities. The course offerings at the Career and Advanced Technology Center will focus on career readiness and creating a thriving workforce in our city’s transportation, manufacturing and health care fields. 

Financial Aid

Can I Receive Financial Aid for this program?
The Electro-Mechanical Technology 606 Hour program is eligible for financial aid. Students who wish to apply for financial aid at Community College of Philadelphia need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA form is free to apply.

FAFSA is the required application for state, federal and institutional financial aid. This includes grants, scholarships, and loans.

When do I need to submit my FAFSA?
If you are interested in the Electro-Mechanical Technology 606 Hour program Fall 2022 class, please submit your 2022-23 FAFSA application. Visit the college’s Financial Aid page for additional steps to apply for financial aid.

Workforce Development Program Scholarships

The Community College of Philadelphia Foundation and its donors are pleased to offer scholarships to students enrolling in select Workforce Development courses. To submit your scholarship application, follow the steps in this Workforce Development Program Scholarship Application Guide.

Noncredit Program Refund Policy

Refunds for noncredit programs will be granted if the class is canceled or if you withdraw no later than the day before the first class. Refunds are not available after class begins.

Information Session

Hear about the advanced manufacturing industry and employment opportunities as you begin your path to a new career.

Watch the recorded Advanced Manufacturing information session here

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Course Dates and Times

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Course Name Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees Register

Electro-Mechanical Module:
Introduction to Mechatronics

Course Hours: 60 Hours

Mon. - Thurs.,
Oct. 10 – Nov. 2, 2022
5 – 9 p.m.

In-Person

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.

$1,180 (Tuition: $1,080, Material: $100)

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Electro-Mechanical Module:
Electricity 1

Course Hours: 45 Hours

Mon. - Thurs.,
Nov. 7 – Nov. 28, 2022
5 – 9 p.m.
(Last day of class ends at 10 p.m.)

(No class Nov. 8, Election Day; Nov. 24, Thanksgiving)

In-Person

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.

$910 (Tuition: $810, Material: $100)

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Electro-Mechanical Module:Applied Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Hydrostatics

Course Hours: 75 Hours

Mon. - Thurs.,
Nov. 29, 2022 – Jan. 9, 2023
5 – 9 p.m.
(Last day of class ends at 8 p.m.)

(No class Dec. 26, 2022 – Jan. 2, 2023, Winter Break)

In-Person

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.

$1,450 (Tuition: $1,350, Material: $100)

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Electro-Mechanical Module:
Mechanisms 1

Course Hours: 75 Hours

Mon. - Thurs.,
Jan. 10 – Feb. 13, 2023
5 – 9 p.m.
(Last day of class ends at 8 p.m.)

(No class Jan. 16, 2023, MLK Day)

In-Person

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.

$1,450 (Tuition: $1,350, Material: $100)

Electro-Mechanical Module:
Machine Control & PLCs

Course Hours: 60 Hours

Mon. - Thurs.,
Feb. 20 – Mar. 22, 2023
5 – 9 p.m.

(No class Mar.  6 - 9, 2023, Spring Break)

In-Person

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.

$1,180 (Tuition: $1,080, Material: $100)

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Electro-Mechanical Module:
Industrial Robot Programming

Course Hours: 60 Hours

Mon. - Thurs.,
Mar. 27 – Apr. 19, 2023
5 – 9 p.m.

In-Person

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.

$1,180 (Tuition: $1,080, Material: $100)

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Electro-Mechanical Technology (Industrial Maintenance) 606 Hour Program

Course Hours: 606 Hours

Mon. – Thurs

Spring 2023 schedule coming soon

In-Person

Career and Advanced Technology Center

Located at the southeast corner of 48th and Market.

$8,725 (Tuition: $8,425; Material: $300)


*Eligible for Financial Aid

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Course Hours:

  • 375 Hours to complete the Electro-Mechanical Modular program. For comprehensive certification training, you should complete all six (6) modules. Each module may also be taken independently.

  • 606 Hours to complete the Electro-Mechanical Technology (Industrial Maintenance) 606 Hour program.