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Electromechanical Technology Programs

Northampton Community College's Electromechanical Technology program is designed to help you understand how automated technology and instrumentation is used in industrial manufacturing settings. We combine theory and practice within our curriculum to fully cover each area of the degree including Electrical, Mechanical, Automation, and Instrumentation. An extensive selection of courses provides a comprehensive overview of the topics and technologies professional maintenance technicians encounter.

Technicians install, troubleshoot and repair machinery used in the manufacturing industry. The complexity of these machines and electronic/electrical systems requires you to gain a strong understanding of electricity, motor controls, fluid power, mechanical components and mechanisms, programmable logic controllers and instrumentation as they are applied in Industry 4.0. NCC has worked closely with the area's local manufacturers and engineering firms to develop programs that will provide graduates with hands-on skills and help place them into entry-level positions.

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Degree Programs

Semesters: 4
Credits: 68
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Associate in Applied Science

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.

Semesters: 3
Credits: 33
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Certificate

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. 

Semesters: 2
Credits: 25
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Campus: Bethlehem
Program Type: Specialized Diploma

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.


Program Information

If you are a Northampton Community College student living outside of Pennsylvania or intending to complete an internship or clinical placement outside of the state in a NCC program leading to professional licensure, you should review requirements on the state board website to make sure that the program qualifies.

Licensure requirements vary from state to state and you may require additional authorization from the professional licensing agency in that state. Participating in a program from outside of Pennsylvania, if not properly authorized by that state's professional licensing board, could result in loss of licensing eligibility. If you need help or have questions, please contact the Program Director for more information.

Depending on your specific role and the type of industry in which you're involved, your field service technician job may involve the following:

  • Leading or assisting the design of complex automated technology and instrumentation systems, with an emphasis on mechanical, electrical and fluid power components and assemblies
  • Troubleshooting malfunctioning equipment, performing repairs and maintenance and developing service schedules to keep sensitive instruments working
  • Using research and computer skills to gather and analyze system data to refine processes and develop more efficient instrumentation and equipment
  • Consulting with organizations to suggest appropriate equipment upgrades and retrofit aging facilities

Career Opportunities

An electromechanical engineering degree from Northampton Community College opens many doors to the professional world. You may choose to pursue an entry-level job after graduation, or transfer your credits toward the completion of a four-year bachelor's degree at one of NCC's transfer institutions.

The NCC electromechanical engineering degree aims to create skilled field service technicians and other professionals capable of applying advanced problem-solving skills to different challenges.

Future Career Paths

  • Maintenance Mechanic
  • Field Service Technician
  • Process Control Technician
  • Home Entertainment Installers
  • Electrical Drafter
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Machine Repairer
  • Radio Cellular Tower Equipment Installer/Repairer
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Instrumentation Engineer

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