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Electrical Engineering Technology (Co-op)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Co-op) Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op

What is Electrical Engineering Technology (Co-op)?

The curriculum incorporates theory, applications and practical experience from the manufacturing, robotics, computer communications and utilities industries, along with concepts from the sciences and humanities to ensure the graduate is provided with current technical knowledge, skills and practice.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
EETY
Length:
3 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
6 Semesters, plus 3 work terms
Credential:
Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

Winter - Barrie

Contact:
John McGrath
Email:
John.McGrath@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 5893

The curriculum incorporates theory, applications and practical experience from the manufacturing, robotics, computer communications and utilities industries, along with concepts from the sciences and humanities to ensure the graduate is provided with current technical knowledge, skills and practice.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • analyze, interpret, and produce electrical and electronics drawings, technical reports including other related documents and graphics


  • analyze and solve complex technical problems related to electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles


  • design, use, verify, and maintain instrumentation equipment and systems


  • design, assemble, test, modify, maintain and commission electrical equipment and systems to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person


  • commission and troubleshoot static and rotating electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person


  • design, assemble, analyze, and troubleshoot electrical and electronic circuits, components, equipment and systems under the supervision of a qualified person


  • design, install, analyze, assemble and troubleshoot control systems under the supervision of a qualified person


  • use computer skills and tools to solve a range of electrical related problems.

    create, conduct and recommend modifications to quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person


  • prepare reports and maintain records and documentation systems


  • design, install, test, commission and troubleshoot telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person


  • apply and monitor health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces


  • perform and monitor tasks in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and ethical principles


  • configure installation and apply electrical cabling requirements and system grounding and bonding requirements for a variety of applications under the supervision of a qualified person


  • design, commission, test and troubleshoot electrical power systems under the supervision of a qualified person


  • select and recommend electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person


  • apply project management principles to contribute to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of projects


  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities


  • explain how electrical and electronic systems and work practices impact the environment.

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website: www.georgiancollege.ca/student-services/co-op-and-career-services/students-tab/

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Fall Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Work Term 1 | Sem 3 | Work Term 2 | Sem 4

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Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018

Work Term 3 | Sem 5 | Sem 6

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Fall | Winter | Summer

2018 | 2019 | 2019

Winter Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Work Term 1 | Sem 3 | Work Term 2 | Sem 4

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Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall

2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018 | 2018

Work Term 3 | Sem 5 | Sem 6

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Winter | Summer | Fall

2019 | 2019 | 2019

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG 4C, ENG 4U); plus any Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP 4C or MCT 4C), or any Grade 12 U University Mathematics. Also recommended: any Grade 11 (C) or (U/C) and/or any Grade 12 (C) or (U/C) Physics)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course and most credit mathematics courses taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Technology Foundation and Technology Fundamentals*

- Equivalent courses in English and mathematics taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and business, apprentice or technical mathematics*

- Mature student testing in English and mathematics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses and most mathematics credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English and mathematics that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Please note that this is a highly competitive program. Recommended minimum grade for English and math is 70%.

32 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 General Education Courses

3 Co-op Work Terms

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

COMP2123 Introduction to Microprocessors and Computing
COMP3031 Networking
DRFT1003 Introduction to Technical Drafting
ELEC1000 CAD Electrical Circuits
ELEC1001 AC Circuit Fundamentals
ELEC1002 Electrical Systems and Control
ELEC2005 Electrical Machines
ELEC2007 CAD Electrical Layouts
ELEC2008 Programmable Logic Controller 1
ELEC2010 Progressive Electrical Maintenance
ELEC2014 Hydro Codes and Standards
ELEC2023 Power Transmission and Distribution 1
ELEC2024 Electronic Fundamentals
ELEC2025 Digital Circuits
ELEC3002 Instrumentation
ELEC3004 Systems Integration
ELEC3006 Power Quality and Distribution
ELEC3007 Electrical Protection and Control
ELEC3009 Power Transmission and Distribution 2
ELEC3010 Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers
ELEN1000 DC Circuit Fundamentals
ELEN3001 Electronic Motor Control
GEOG2000 Geographic Information Systems
MATH1018 Introduction to Technical Mathematics
MATH1019 Technical Mathematics
MATH3000 Calculus
MGMT2002 Project Management
PHYS1001 Physical Sciences
ROBT2000 Introduction to Robotics
ROBT3003 Advanced Robotics
STAT3002 Applied Statistics
TECR3008 Technical Report
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list
Co-op Work Terms

COOP1044 Electrical Work Term 1
COOP2036 Electrical Work Term 2
COOP3014 Electrical Work Term 3

Students who have graduated from Georgian College’s Electrical Techniques Certificate program (ELTQ) must apply to be admitted with advanced standing. ELTQ students, upon admission, must complete a selection of semester 1 and 2 courses to align with program progression.

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Jennifer Stevenson, Electrical Engineering Technology student, describes her experiences

The Electrical Engineering Technology co-op program has provided me with both theoretical and hands-on experience in the electrical industry. I’ve been given the opportunity to apply skills I’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world work environment. Read more...

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Ron Mori

Apprentice System Controller, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering and Automated Systems

Year:

2010


In my current role, I help manage all the distribution assets in PowerStream’s service territory. We respond to system challenges and make sure power is being distributed safely and efficiently. I love that it’s different every day. Read more...

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Jennifer Stevenson, Electrical Engineering Technology student, describes her experiences

The Electrical Engineering Technology co-op program has provided me with both theoretical and hands-on experience in the electrical industry. I’ve been given the opportunity to apply skills I’ve learned in the classroom to a real-world work environment. Read more...

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Hydro One puts Georgian co-op students to work

Hiring 34 students this past fall 2013 Co-op semester, Hydro One has continued to support and provide employment experiences for our students within the areas of Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Computer Studies, Business, and Human Resources Management. Read more...

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Katlyn, standing in front of a bank of power meters

Katlyn Lyte, co-op student, wins award at PowerStream

I’ve successfully completed two co-ops as a Design Technician Student at PowerStream in Barrie, and am looking forward to completing my third this fall. I find the experience has helped me in my program and my program has helped me prepare for my work placements. Read more...

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Electrical Engineering Technology now offers faster route to CET designation

Georgian's Electrical Engineering Technology program is now accredited by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT). This accreditation allows graduates to speed up the process of earning their Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) designation. Read more...

Connor Gardner

Connor Gardner, Electrical Engineering Technology student

Georgian is a good school. I like the environment and the gym. Instructors are great and the course set up is smart. My favourite course so far is AutoCad. The co-ops are the best. I'm learning relevant skills, and the knowledge I’m acquiring will be transferable when I leave. Read more...

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Toronto Hydro partners with Georgian to hire co-op students

Toronto Hydro provides a diverse range of employment experiences for our students within the areas of Electrical Engineering, Computer Studies, Business, and Human Resource Management; hiring approximately 10 students each Co-op work term. Read more...

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Georgian graduate Brandon Oukes wins Leadership award

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Alumnus Ron Mori sits at a big desk, the large computer control system behind him

Ron Mori

Apprentice System Controller, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering and Automated Systems

Year:

2010


In my current role, I help manage all the distribution assets in PowerStream’s service territory. We respond to system challenges and make sure power is being distributed safely and efficiently. I love that it’s different every day. Read more...

Davina Liu, standing in front of the Georgian Grizzlies logo

Davina Liu

English for Academic Purposes graduate, Electrical Engineering Technology student

Program:

English for Academic Purposes

Year:

2015


A woman of many interests and talents, Davina has a degree in art and design from her native China. Before deciding to embark on a new adventure in Canada, she spent 10 years working as an architect and project manager, helping to renovate buildings for the Beijing Olympics. Read more...

Alumnus Paul Traynor stands in front of several old meters

Paul Traynor

Apprentice Meter Technician, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technology

Year:

2013


My team installs, tests and troubleshoots meters for all the residential, industrial and commercial buildings in our area. Every day I’m learning something new. I have a good combination of working outside and working in the office. Read more...

Alumnus Joel Lacombe sits at his desk at PowerStream

Joel Lacombe

Design Technician, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technology

Year:

2013


I did all three of my co-ops at PowerStream in Barrie, in the capital design department. They do pole line designs. So when I applied for this position, I had a solid base of knowledge and the connections I needed to get the job. Read more...

Tim Petit, working on an electrical panel

Tim Petit

Design/Lead Hand, Walker Panels

Program:

Eletrical Engineering Technology

Year:

2013


I had some experience in all trades by the time I finished high school. I liked electrical best. After a year or so of trying to get an apprenticeship, I decided to go to Georgian and get a diploma – and some experience. I was hired by Walker Panels before graduation. Read more...

Alumnus Myles Southorn in a parking garage filled with PowerStream trucks

Myles Southorn

Apprentice Lineperson, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technology, Automated Systems

Year:

2010


At Georgian you learn basic electrical theory. The co-op placements allow you to take that information and apply it to the field. That combination of knowledge and experience is what got me the job at PowerStream. Read more...

Alumnus Jeffery Vizza sits behind used meters

Jeffrey Vizza

Apprentice Meter Technician, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technology, Automated Systems

Year:

2007


When I started at Georgian, I wanted to be an electrician or work in electricity. My father works in the field, so I had a good sense of my career goals. I chose my program because I knew it could take me in different directions in that field. Read more...

Alumnus Scott Little stands in front of a big white PowerStream truck

Scott Little

Station Maintenance Technician, PowerStream

Program:

Electrical Engineering Technologist – Automated Systems

Year:

2006


What surprised me when I started here was the magnitude of what I work on. We serve so many people, work with big technology, on big transformers with big impact. There are only seven guys in my department and it’s great to work with the same people every day – people I know and like. Read more...

ETAP logo

The college has been partnered with ETAP since 2009, using a powerful electrical analysis program in third-year courses. The software can evaluate power systems in both the steady state and also in unusual conditions such as harmonics and during faults.

Hydro One Logo

Partnered since 2008, Hydro One Networks and four colleges (Georgian, Algonquin, Mohawk and Northern) have worked together to create curriculum that meets the needs of the next generation of electrical utility workers. Our students also participate in co-op placements and have conducted applied research for the company.

What’s the difference between the two-year Electrical Engineering Technician and the three-year Technology programs?

The third year in the Technology program is all advanced topics. There is also a major technical report required in the final semester. The three-year program also has an additional co-op work term.

Does your program offer a hands-on learning experience or is it largely theoretical learning?

Hands-on is a large part of our program delivery model. Electrical courses have approximately 50 to 60 % of the course time spent on lab assignments to be able to grasp the theoretical material we cover. The remaining time is in lectures.

What are the in-class hours like in this program?

In class hours are 19-22 per week, with slight variations depending on the semester. Electrical courses are typically three or four hours each week. Three-hour courses are usually one-hour lecture with two hours of lab per week; four-hour courses are usually two-hour lecture, two-hour laboratory. There are some courses (communication, general education, math) that are all lecture, three hours in length.

Is there a set class time schedule and what does it usually look like?

When enrolling for a semester, students select a schedule timetable that has the program vocational courses (electrical, electronics, math) and then add any required communication and general education courses based on the semester requirements. Students are encouraged to select a timetable that best fits their needs. The schedules are quite varied as to when and in which classrooms the courses are delivered. The offerings normally occur M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., with some evening classes depending on instructor availability.

Can I switch between programs?

Yes, you can. We strongly recommend that you select the program that you most want to complete when you start your college education. Your Ontario College application allows five selections so be sure to select your preferred program as your first choice, and the other as your second choice.

What types of careers does this program offer exposure to that going into an electrical apprenticeship does not?

General career info is listed under the Career Opportunities in the program outlines.

Electrical Engineering Technology program outline

Electrical Engineering Technician program outline

As a general statement, the programs cover a broad range of topics to prepare students for a wide range of careers in the electrical utility sector, in industrial automation and in other functions.

An electrician generally performs tasks related to the installation of electrical equipment according to established trade practices under the immediate supervision of a journeyperson. Technicians are entry-level practitioners who work under direction of a team lead. Technicians are expected to function as self-directed employees with limited administrative reporting, performing assigned tasks/daily duties by following established business or corporate practices.

I want to be an electrician. Do the Electrical Engineering Technician or Technology programs lead to an apprenticeship?

The Electrical Techniques program (ELTQ) is more aligned to the goal of being an electrician. Having said that, we have many grads who have done the Technician or Technology program and then gone on to be hired by a company and placed into an apprenticeship.

I want to transfer from another college or university. How many credits will I be granted?

It depends. The college requires official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you attended along with the course descriptions of the courses.

Additionally, trades licences and on-the-job learning (safety, technical courses, corporate training) can also be used to give advanced standing exemptions.

Copies of all documents should be sent to the college’s Credit Transfer Centre for evaluation as part of your admission application. Additional information is available under Academic policies and procedures or by contacting the Credit Transfer Centre directly at 705.722.1511 or CTCRegistrar@GeorgianCollege.ca.

Once all documents have been received, they will be reviewed and exemptions communicated to you.

Should I buy a computer or a laptop?

Students should consider the purchase of a laptop or desktop computer for school use and accessing course materials on our online learning management system Blackboard. We recommend a Windows operating system (currently Windows 7, 8 or 10) as many of the programs you will use do not have a Macintosh equivalent (Microsoft Office for students including Word, Excel, Internet Explorer and Firefox web browser). Faculty will inform students of other required software for specific courses.
Software requirements change frequently so it would be wise to ensure any computer under consideration be capable of operating MS Office software and Autodesk CAD 2016. A general specification for a computer is:

Processor: minimum P4, 3.0 GHz

RAM: 2 Gb minimum, 4 Gb recommended

HD: 1 TB min

DVD R/W: Optional

Keyboard/Mouse: yes/yes

External Backup drive / USB memory: 2 TB (optional) / 16 GB (required)

Speakers/Microphone/Camera: yes/optional/optional

Ethernet: Min CAT 5 RJ45

Wireless: 802.11n or other

Monitor: optional – true colour

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
John McGrath
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 5893

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