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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
Program Delivery Full-time
Program delivery method(s) In person What does this mean?

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 dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie
Winter 2025 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

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/


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 for Prior Learning website for details:

Additional information

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.


Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada)

This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL Canada), formerly 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.

CEWIL Canada Accredited Program

Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) and Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT)

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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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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Honda of Canada Mfg.

Honda of Canada Mfg. (HCM) is one of the largest employers in Simcoe County, with 4,200 associates. Established in Alliston in 1986, it’s a premier manufacturing facility best known for producing the Honda Civic and CR-V.

Georgian’s $1.8-million multi-faceted partnership with HCM supports leading-edge equipment, innovative research and development, collaborative program support and newly-established scholarships for Georgian students.

HCM is a proud employer of 250 Georgian alumni in diverse roles, and provides valuable co-op work experiences to students each semester through its Technical Development Program (TDP). HCM also provides a suite of awards and scholarships to help students reach their goals, each valued up to $2,500.

Honda: The Power of Dreams (logo)

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 work terms and have conducted applied research for the company.

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Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro plays an important role in Ontario’s electricity sector, servicing approximately 785,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Canada’s largest city. The company has 1,270 employees and is dedicated to investing in its people and in the future by giving back to the community.

Toronto Hydro offers a suite of 10 awards to support Georgian students with achieving their educational goals, as well as expanded opportunities around corporate training, research, and employee engagement.

Partnering with Georgian since 2012, Toronto Hydro proudly supports enhancements to the student learning environment through funding for new state-of-the-art equipment. A proud co-op employer, the company has offered co-op work terms to more than 171 Georgian students since 2017, often leading to full-time employment after graduation. The partnership has significantly impacted alumni like Jessica Bloomfield who’s building an inspiring career at a workplace she loves.

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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 work terms. 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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Tim Petit
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.

Your course delivery method(s)

In person

This program is delivered fully in person and requires you to attend campus.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

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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