Industrial Maintenance and Mechatronics

Industrial Maintenance and Mechatronics - Certificate

BTC’s EMTEC program places graduates in solid careers as industrial electricians, millwrights or instrument technicians. Demand for skilled workers is strong in high-growth industries such as refining, water treatment, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, and power generation.

As an EMTEC graduate, you’ll possess a broad range of highly-sought skills and knowledge. BTC’s program will teach you to troubleshoot, maintain, repair, and analyze sophisticated equipment in advanced manufacturing operations. Electro-Mechanical is a great program choice if you want a high-wage career with local employers.


Employment Information

Data are provided on a program (not credential) level

73% BTC graduate placement rate1

$62,026 starting annual wage2
$83,304 average annual wage2
$97,011 potential annual wage2

  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    1Employment data come from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reflect WA/OR employment for students enrolled at BTC between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Students are included in the employment rate if they left with a credential. Rates are not shown for programs with fewer than 10 students meeting the above criteria.

    2Wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2020 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (Washington State wage) and reflect 2015-2018 employment. Wage data represent occupations that BTC faculty have identified as the most relevant career paths for program graduates. Note that these wages reflect employees with varying educational levels/credentials. For cases in which multiple occupations have been identified by faculty, a weighted percentile is calculated using each occupation’s percentile wage and employment size estimate. Wages are not shown for programs for which occupations do not meet the ESD’s minimum thresholds for publishing. If the program has wage data from the Washington SBCTC that involves shift work, these ESD wages reflect the same number of hours used in the annual wage calculation. Starting wage = 25th percentile, median wage = 50th percentile, wage potential = 75th percentile.

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

This program admits students once a year, in the fall quarter.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

Admissions application and assessment testing in Reading, Math and Writing is required. Your score on the test and/or your previous transcripts will determine where you begin your course sequence. Contact Admissions at 360.752.8345 or at for assistance with academic planning.

What are My Next Steps?


Total Program Credits: 44

    Program Outcomes

    • Certificate graduates will apply mechanical knowledge and skills to effectively perform basic machine maintenance.
    • Certificate graduates will perform basic machine maintenance tasks adhering to all appropriate safety practices and procedural guidelines.
    • Certificate graduates will work with others as part of a team, giving and receiving feedback and assisting others in completion of tasks.

    Employment Outlook

    The employment outlook for electro mechanical technicians is strong. Due to the escalating sophistication of equipment and retirements, employers are in need of trained technicians.

    Criminal convictions may restrict or prevent student participation with internships and employment in this industry.

    Potential positions include: Millwright, assembler, maintenance mechanic, maintenance millwright, manufacturers service representative, automated equipment engineer-technician, machine erector, installer, mover, and dismantler.

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