Electro-Mechanical Technology


Suzanne Burd
Community Education Coordinator/RET Program Coordinator
sburd@cgcc.edu, (541) 506-6123

The Renewable Energy Technology (RET) program offers premier workforce training through a 9-month Certificate and/or a 2-year Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. This nationally-recognized program prepares students to work with automated electronic technologies in a variety of industries including renewable energy, advanced manufacturing, and engineering.

Students practice tower climbing, working in a confined space, and rescue techniques. The climbing tower on the The Dalles Campus is an essential part of the first-year curriculum.

The renewable energy field is driving rapid growth in technology, creating jobs which will require thousands of highly skilled workers over the next two decades. Building on a solid foundation in math, writing, and computers, our students learn in a rigorous, hands-on environment and are well-prepared to tackle the challenges of this and other technology-focused industries. RET graduates work for a variety of agencies and companies such as Bonneville Power Administration, Portland General Electric, Cloudcap Technology, Insitu, SDS Lumber, Cardinal Glass, Intel, and many different wind farms and solar installation companies.

Get started today. For more information, please contact: Suzanne Burd.

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Course Name Credits
EET 111 DC Circuits 5
EET 112 AC Circuits 5
EET 113 AC Power 5
EET 141 Motor Control 5
EET 219 Programmable Logic Controllers 3
EET 221 Semiconductor Devices and Circuits 5
EET 222 Operational Amplifier Circuits 5
EET 242 Microcontroller Systems 5
EET 251 Digital Electronics 1: Programmable Logic Devices 5
EET 252 Digital Electronics 2: Programmable Logic Devices 5
EET 273 Electronic Control Systems 3
MEC 120 Hydraulics 5
MEC 121 Mechanical Power 1 5
MEC 122 Mechanical Power 2 5
RET 101 Introduction to Wind Turbine Operations 2
RET 102 Alternate Energy Resources 1
RET 223 Power Generation 5
SAF 188 Industrial Safety and OSHA 10 2
UAS 101 Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems 4
Name Title Email Phone
Jim Pytel Jim Pytel Renewable Energy Technology Instructor jpytel@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6000
Mike Davis Adjunct Faculty mdavis@cgcc.edu
Suzanne Burd Community Education Coordinator/RET Program Coordinator sburd@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6123
Tom Lieurance Tom Lieurance Renewable Energy Technology Instructor tlieurance@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6175