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Prepare for an electrical engineering technologist certification

Electrical Engineering Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op program

Advance your career possibilities. Benefit from our partnerships within the electricity industry. Be eligible for certification on graduation.

Program code EETY
Duration 3 Years
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

This Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) accredited program, offers students advanced courses in electrical power systems, robotics, programmable logic controllers, networking, instrumentation and project management. Students gain hands-on experience in associated lab classes using state of the art hardware and test equipment.  These courses, together with experience gained in three coop work terms with industry partners, provide students with a broad technical background and a wide range of employment opportunities in the electrical industry.

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 Technology program?

Electrical Engineering Technology 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/

Pathways

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:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

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 in electrical engineering technology?

Your Electrical Engineering Technology diploma gives you many career opportunities

There has never been a better time to enter the field of engineering technology to serve today’s global market economy. The numbers of jobs in the electrical automation sector have been growing steadily, including opportunities in specialized robotics manufacturers, automotive support industries and equipment manufacturers. The utility sector also offers exciting career possibilities working with green technologies and utilities companies. Additional employment opportunities may be found in product installation and service, design and testing, research, maintenance, industrial sales and marketing, estimating, contract and project administration as well as quality control.

Accreditation and recognition

Industry accreditations

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.

This program is also accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) and by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

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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

ETAP

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 had some experience in trades by the time I finished high school, and 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. The co-op program at Georgian is excellent. It gave me a foot in the door, valuable experience and a network to build on. I was hired by Walker Panels before graduation, after doing two co-ops here. My work involves designing and building electrical panels for all sorts of organizations. I love it. The company is family-run and I know I’m not just a number. I’ve enjoyed great professional development opportunities. I could see myself staying here for many years.Tim Petit, Electrical Engineering Technology graduate and Design/Lead Hand at Walker Panels

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

Course overview

32 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
3 Co-op Work Terms

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 Technology 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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