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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.

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Employment Information

  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    BTC graduate employment rates:
    The graduate employment rate reflects placement rates of students who graduated from BTC in 2014-15, 2015-16, and 2016-17. The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Data Linking for Outcomes Assessment database pulls from Unemployment Insurance (UI) data across Washington and Oregon. UI data do not reflect BTC graduates who (a) are employed in states beyond those listed above or outside of the United States, (b) are self-employed, (c) are active duty members of the armed forces, (d) continued on to another educational institution, and/or (e) did not provide a social security number while enrolled at BTC.

    Washington State Employment Security Department 2018 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates ( reflect 2014-2017 employment

    Starting annual wage = 25th percentile
    Average annual wage = 50th percentile
    Potential annual wage = 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

  • Quarter 1

  • AMATH 111Applied Technical Math5 CR
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 CR
  • EMTEC 105Trade Safety3 CR
  • EMTEC 125Applied Mechanics5 CR
  • EMTEC 237Computerized Maintenance & Management Systems3 CR
  • Quarter 2

  • AENGL 100Applied English5 CR
  • EMTEC 121Fundamentals Of Hydraulic & Pneumatics5 CR
  • EMTEC 126Engineering Graphics4 CR
  • EMTEC 131Rigging4 CR
  • EMTEC 231Bearings & Drives5 CR

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.

Faculty & Support

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Ali Ostadfar

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Wendell Brokaw