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Ignite your career as an electrical engineering technician

Electrical Engineering Technician Ontario College Diploma, Co-op program

Get hands-on experience during your co-op. Benefit from our partnerships within the electricity industry. Your career is waiting!

Program code EETN
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

Students are provided with the theoretical knowledge and technical skills to enter the electrical workforce. Classroom learning is combined with extensive hands-on experience in well-equipped, modern labs. Students are introduced to power transmission and distribution and robotics as well as maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for industry, with a strong focus on health and safety.  Computer aided drafting, electronic and digital circuits, microprocessors, programming and programmable logic controllers are also studied.  Students gain valuable experience during a co-op work term, while developing industry contacts for possible post-graduation employment opportunities. 

If this doesn’t sound quite right for you, the Electrical Engineering Technology program might be more up your alley. It includes extra co-op time and advanced courses like Power Quality and Distribution, Advanced Programmable Logic Controllers and Electrical Protection and Control.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a co-op work term component where you will gain practical, on-the-job experience in your field.

What are the admission requirements for the Electrical Engineering Technician program?

Electrical Engineering Technician admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Admission details

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.

What career paths can I take as an electrical engineering technician?

Your Electrical Engineering Technician diploma gives you many career opportunities

There has never been a better time to enter the field of electrical technologies. Many employment opportunities may be available to graduates in a rapidly expanding electrical field with companies in the utility sector, panel builders, green energy, automation, manufacturing, robotics and many other related industries.

Accreditation and recognition

Industry accreditation

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE). This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian’s commitment to quality in co-op education.

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Winner of CICan Program Excellence Award

Georgian College’s Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs received recognition at a special celebration in Quebec City as part of Colleges and Institutes Canada’s (CICan) annual conference. CICan recognized Georgian as bronze recipient of the 2015-2016 CICan Program Excellence Award. Read more about the award.

Industry support


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.

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Hydro One Networks

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.

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Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL)

SEL is delighted to be a supporter of Georgian College through Program Advisory participation, equipment donation, and co-op placement. SEL partners with customers around the world to ensure the safe, reliable, and economical delivery of electric power. We design, manufacture, and support a complete line of products and services, ranging from generator and transmission protection to distribution automation and control systems. An employee-owned company, SEL’s core values drive the way we view our community, industry, company, and environment. 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.

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I applied at Georgian because of its strong partnerships with several utilities. After my first co-op, I found I didn’t enjoy working in automation. My second co-op placement was in a control room like the one I work in now. I really enjoyed my time there and liked that I got a lot of exposure to every department in the utility. In my current role, I help manage all the distribution assets in PowerStream’s service territory. I love that it’s different every day.Ron Mori, Georgian graduate and Apprentice System Controller at Alectra

What courses are included in the Electrical Engineering Technician diploma program?

Course overview

20 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Electrical Engineering Technician program outline.

  • DRFT 1003 – Introduction to Technical Drafting
  • ELEN 1000 – DC Circuit Fundamentals
  • MATH 1018 – Introduction to Technical Mathematics
  • PHYS 1001 – Physical Sciences
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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

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 the program offer a hands-on learning experience or is it largely theoretical learning?Georgian College Chevron

Hands-on is a large part of our program delivery model. Electrical courses have approximately 50 to 60 per cent 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?Georgian College Chevron

In-class hours are 19 to 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?Georgian College Chevron

When enrolling for a semester, students select a schedule timetable that has the program vocational courses (e.g. 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 Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., with some evening classes depending on instructor availability.

Can I switch between programs?Georgian College Chevron

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?Georgian College Chevron

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

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 Electrical Engineering Technology programs lead to an apprenticeship?Georgian College Chevron

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?Georgian College Chevron

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 registrar@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?Georgian College Chevron

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 minimum
  • 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

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