Currently several trends in technology and population demographics are increasing the demand for skilled workers. First, the technical workforce is aging, and will soon begin to retire in large numbers. Replacing these retiring skilled workers is one of the main concerns I hear from employers I meet with regularly. Second, increasing costs of doing business overseas is making “Made in America” attractive again. Lastly, manufacturing processes continue to become more automated as technologies that used to be thought of as separate fields are integrated into single complex systems – which need skilled technicians to help design, install, and keep them running.
What You Need to Learn
To be successful you need a broad set of electrical, mechanical, and troubleshooting skills. In the FRCC Electro-Mechanical Technology program you learn skills that are not limited to a single career field, but are in demand across a wide array of jobs.
Students in our program begin by taking a core of foundational classes including conceptual physics, math (basic algebra and some trigonometry), English, electronics, safety, and industrial print reading. Students then choose one of two areas of concentration.
This is a more generalized emphasis, where students learn the basics of industrial control electronics, fluid power, sensors, process control, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). These skills are applicable to many jobs across different industries—from breweries to semiconductor fabrication to power plant controls to robotics—all of these rely on the same basic control technologies. Students train on equipment that incorporates real industry-standard components. Students learn how to use these components to control motorized equipment and automated processes that are commonly encountered in industry.
Students in this specialization learn skills specific to the electric utility industry, including power generation and distribution. Thanks to a unique partnership between Front Range Community College and Colorado State University’s engineering school, our students have the opportunity to study and operate a real 20 kilowatt power plant, and transmit the power generated to the electrical grid, controlled by state-of-the-art smart grid technology.
Where You Can Work
Many of our graduates are employed locally by businesses such as Anheuser-Busch, Woodward, Avago Technologies, Vestas Wind Systems, Excel Energy, Wolf Robotics, and Advanced Energy, among several others. Starting pay for our graduates working in these industries has been between $36k – $75k per year.
Do you know someone (maybe you!) looking for career with great starting pay and a bright future? Learn more about the FRCC Electro-Mechanical & Energy Technology program.