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Electromechanical Systems

Electromechanical Systems Diploma
Electromechanical Systems Certificate
Electromechanical Systems

Program Overview

​Electromechanical systems, sometimes referred to as mechatronics, is a new and rapidly growing field that integrates electronics, mechanics, pneumatics, hydraulics, and computer control systems to create new and improved automated manufacturing production systems. 

The automated manufacturing field is growing as robots are being used in many manufacturing processes. Individuals interested in the electromechanical systems field need to be trained in five areas: mechanical, electrical, fluid power, process control/programmable logic controllers (PLC) and computer software and hardware in order to maintain, troubleshoot and repair highly sophisticated, automated systems.

Today’s equipment is complex and requires an understanding of electricity, electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics, mechanical devices, industrial computers, sensors, motors, drives, microprocessors, process instrumentation, automated systems and robotics. 

Electromechanical systems technicians combine knowledge of mechanical technology with knowledge of electrical and electronic circuits. They test, maintain, construct, troubleshoot and repair equipment in a variety of industries and they work closely with electrical and mechanical engineers. 

Program Delivery Methods
Online, traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

What You'll Learn

  • ​​Concepts of single-phase motors and generators and three-phase systems, motors and generators 
  • Essential elements of a process control system and fundamentals of instrumentation 
  • Measuring and control devices for manufacturing equipment 
  • Installation, testing, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting a variety of manufacturing equipment 
  • Assemble, adjust, and repair electrical and mechanical systems 
  • Advanced principles of programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and process control 
  • How to integrate electrical and mechanical systems and devices 
  • Installation, use, maintenance, and troubleshooting of: 
    • mechanical drive systems 
    • hydraulic fluid drive systems 
    • mechanical drive systems 
    • pneumatic fluid drive systems found in modern industrial machinery and automation

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

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    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

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    ​Diploma Program Additional Requirements

    • Students/electricians that previously acquired a diploma/AAS degree in the study of electricity may transfer​​​ in ​​​credits toward the Electromechanical ​Systems Diploma

    • Students should have an interest and aptitude in applied algebra, trigonometry, drawing and science. Good eyesight and color vision are important.

    • Diploma Program Delivery: While addressing the general education needs of the program, students will be working within the Electrical Technology program in second semester. Third and fourth semester consist of online course delivery with hands-on labs to reinforce the lessons learned as well as one-on-one with instructors.​​

    Certificate Program Additional Requirements ​

    • Admission Requirement: Students must be a journeyman electrician, have a Construction Electricity (CNEL) or Electrical Technology (ELTN) Diploma/AAS, or have Instructor approval.

    • Certificate Program Delivery: Class work for this program consists of online course delivery with hands-on labs to reinforce that lessons learned as well as one-on-one with instructors.

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    • Student must attend orientation. 

    • Textbooks are required the first day of class. Go to for textbook information. 

    • Students are responsible for having their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to participate in the labs.​​​

  • Career Settings

    • ​Electrical utility companies 
    • Manufacturing plants 
    • Oil refineries 
    • Federal, State, County or City government agencies 
    • Railroad companies 
    • Water and wastewater treatment plants 
    • Automotive industries​
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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​​Employment opportunities are geared toward those who are interested in plant maintenance, process set up, installation, and electronic industries.  

    • Students will be prepared for a wide variety of careers including: instrument technician, electrical technician, electromechanical technician, electronics mechanic, machine repair and maintenance, motor installer, instrumentation calibration technician, and robotics technician. 

    • The complexity of this new and exciting field continues to expand and broaden to include additional technical fields. ​

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