Electrical Engineering Technology

Tuition and Fees

Program Title: Electrical Engineering Technology
Credential Earned: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Delivery: Full Time
Program Length: 6 Semesters
Program Status: Open

Program Codes
NORT – T074 (PC) Timmins Campus
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.


  • Program Description
    Northern College is one of four colleges in Ontario that partner with Hydro One in the Hydro One Colleges Consortium. The first two years of the Electrical Engineering Technician program is identical to that of this program.

    Students who want to specialize in electrical technology continue studies an additional year to receive a greater depth of training and knowledge in Protection and Control, Control Systems, Electrical Design, Power Utility Systems and Programmable Logic Controls.

    Students receive extensive hands-on instruction in several state-of-the-art laboratories. They learn how to select, design, install, maintain, program and troubleshoot modern industrial, electrical and electronic systems. Graduates from our Technician or Technology programs may obtain certification through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

    Pathways to Success
    Graduates of the Electrical Engineering Technician Program may choose to continue their studies and complete an additional year in order to obtain a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology. Graduates of this program may be eligible to enroll in the Electrical Engineering degree program at Lakehead University. Electrical Engineering Technology graduates may have entry into the McMaster Bachelor of Technology Energy Engineering Technologies stream. Visit http://mybtechdegree.ca.

    Career Opportunities
    Northern College graduates currently work in positions ranging from apprentice electricians to electrical department superintendents in all industrial sectors including public and private power utilities. Electrical engineering technologists work individually, assist engineers, or supervise other technologists or technicians in the design, construction, testing, installation, repair or marketing of electrical apparatus for electrical utilities, telecommunications and the information technology industries.

  • Students graduating from Northern College have

    Matthew Devine

    ...the exact skills we need. The equipment and facilities available to the students and the knowledge of the professors ensure they are trained on the techniques and systems vital to the power industry. Our partnership with the college is helping us fill our staffing needs not only in the North but throughout all of Ontario. - Matthew Devine, Recruitment Manager - Hydro One Networks, Inc.


    I am glad to be a part of the Northern Community.

    Jay Patil

    The support that I get from my instructors and staff here is excellent. Classes are equipped with the latest technology and the help that students and professors extend from all sides is what keeps me enthusiatic. I also enjoy the events that the college and residence arrange for students. This is my home away from home. - Jay Patil, Electrical Engineering Technology Program


Contact Information
Tel: 705-235-3211 x2116
electrical@northern.on.ca
Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 12 Math (C, U) (MCT4C preferred; MAP4C is accepted with a minimum GPA of 60%)

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Note: Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

This program is oversubscribed. Please apply by February 1st.

Semester 1
CM1903-A Communications I
EE1034 Digital Circuits
EE1206 Electrical Fundamentals
GN1033 Health and Safety
IN1093 Computer Applications for Business and Technology
MA1100 Mathematics I

Semester 2
BU1074 Principles of Human Resource Management
CM2903-A Communications II
EE1204 Residential Wiring and Methods
EE2206 Electronics Fundamentals
EE2204 Installation Methods – CAD I
MA2104 Mathematics II

Semester 3
CM3064 Report Writing I
EE3033 Three-Phase Theory
EE3204 Measuring Instruments
EE3114 Electrical Motor Control
GN2133 Law and Ethics
IN3253 Embedded Programming and Networks
MA3105 Mathematics III

Semester 4
EE2014 Electrical Machines I
EE5003 Instrumentation
EE4043 Programmable Logic Control I
EE4074 Voice and Data Cabling
EE4103 Power Systems
MA4204 Calculus I
IN4403 MS Project Management

Semester 5
CM5032 Technical Report I
EE5203 Protection and Control I
EE5213 Power Utility System
EE6204 Electrical Design – CAD II
EL1003 Elective I
ET5003 Electronics Communications I
MA5005 Calculus II

Semester 6
CM6034 Technical Report II
EE5043 Programmable Logic Controllers II
EE6003 Control Systems
EE6203 Protection and Control II
ET6043 Digital Communications
MA6022 Statistics

Semester 1
CM1903-A Communications I
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

EE1034 Digital Circuits
This is an introductory course in logic circuit analysis. Simplification of logical expressions by Boolean Algebra, and truth tables are introduced. Two most popular logic IC families, TTL and CMOS with the production of flip-flops and their applications in shift registers and counters will be studied.

EE1206 Electrical Fundamentals
Electrical Fundamentals comprises of mostly knowledge as it relates to the understanding of everyday use of Electricity. Laws/physics of electricity are introduced. Theory, formulas, and formula manipulation comprises approximately two thirds of the course, the remaining one-third is hands on in the laboratory to prove the mathematical formulas. A high concentration of theory precedes the actual hands on in the laboratory.

GN1033 Health and Safety
This course is an introduction to the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations. Topics include the Act and several related regulations. The student will also complete a valid WHMIS certification course during the semester.

IN1093 Computer Applications for Business and Technology
Students are introduced to commonly used features of the most widely used microcomputer applications – MS Word, MS Excel, and MS PowerPoint. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisites. A series of lectures, projects, and exercises will take advantage of Microsoft Office features. Words extensive menu, toolbar, and template features will be used to create various business documents. Project material is developed so that students will apply their software skills to course material throughout their program of studies.

MA1100 Mathematics I
This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, and solving a system of equations algebraically. This course also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

Semester 2
BU1074 Principles of Human Resource Management
This course will teach students how to forecast the human resource needs of an organization within ambient sociopolitical situations.

CM2903-A Communications II
Communications II is a continuation of Communications I and is designed to strengthen practical written and oral presentation skills. Students will apply the appropriate principles and formats to job-related documents and will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies. Minimum grade of 60% to pass.

EE1204 Residential Wiring and Methods
This course introduces students to the installation & design of various residential circuits used in a common household. Also, students will be working on actual installations of basic household circuits and electrical services used in the workplace. Topics include: introduction to the electrical code, symbols, service calculations, & installations, wiring methods, grounding. Prerequisite: EE1206 Electrical Fundamentals

EE2206 Electronics Fundamentals
Electrical Fundamentals comprises of mostly knowledge as it relates to the understanding of the everyday use of Electricity. Laws/physics of electricity are introduced. Theory, formulas, and formula manipulation comprises approximately two thirds of the course, the remaining one-third is hands on in the laboratory to prove the mathematical formulas.

EE2204 Installation Methods – CAD I
This course deals with the Electrical Safety Code. House wiring and basic motor control rules will be emphasized, and drawings will be carried out in introductory CAD.

MA2104 Mathematics II
This course covers factoring and fractional equations, exponents and radicals, the quadratic equation, complex numbers, exponentials and logarithms. Prerequisite: MA1100 Mathematics I

Semester 3
CM3064 Report Writing I
This course, built on the skills developed in Communications I and II, concentrates on written and oral technical reports. The course presents the theory and practice necessary for the preparation and writing of short informal reports, such as incident/accident, progress, evaluation and investigation reports. In addition, this course introduces students to the dynamics of planning, participating, and presenting in meeting situations. Prerequisite: A “”C”” average in Communications II

EE3033 Three-Phase Theory
Topics include a review in complex numbers; three-phase theory ideal transformer, transformer losses and testing methods, special transformers such as distribution transformers, autotransformer, current and potential transformers and three phase transformers. The course is 50% theory and 50% practical. Prerequisite: EE1204 Residential Wiring & Methods; EE2204 Installation Methods – CAD I; MA2104 Mathematics II.

EE3204 Measuring Instruments
This is a lab-oriented course designed to familiarize the student with the operation, characteristics, maintenance, and the application of different measuring instruments. Equipment studied includes voltmeter (DC and AC), ammeters, recording voltmeters, current transformers, meggers, and oscilloscopes. It is the purpose of this course to provide the technician with a sound knowledge of the concept of measuring and the operation of electrical instruments. Prerequisite: EE2206 Electronics Fundamentals.

EE3114 Electrical Motor Control
This course is intended to help the students understand the principle operation of many control components and circuits used by industry. This course will provide the students with the basic knowledge required for the plc course being delivered in the winter semester. Students will also wire many industry standard circuits which operate at industry level voltages.

GN2133 Law and Ethics
This course provides a basis for legal and ethical issues of importance to graduates and specifically covers torts, professional liability and contract law. Its goal is to begin preparing the student for professional designations and/or examinations.

IN3253 Embedded Programming and Networks
The first part of this course introduces the learner to the fundamentals of computers and how they are networked. Topics include a basic overview of computer/network equipment, networking fundamentals and standards, and network designs. The second part of the course provides the learner with an introduction to computer programming using embedded systems. Topics covered include syntax, variables, equations, data types, loops, conditional statements, logical statements, and ADC interfacing. Prerequisite: IN1953 Computer Applications for Technology

MA3105 Mathematics III
This course covers topics such as: graphs of trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities and equations; inequalities, the study of analytic geometry including the properties of the straight line, the circle, the parabola and the ellipse. The students will also be introduced to the rate of change and its relation to graphs and the derivative.

Semester 4
EE2014 Electrical Machines I
This course covers the fundamental principles of operations of DC and AC motors and generators. Topic include: DC generators, DC motors, efficiency and heating of electrical machines, electrical machine maintenance and troubleshooting, three-phase induction motors, synchronous motors and alternator. The course is 50% theory and 50% practical. Prerequisite: EE3114 Electrical Motor Control, EE3033 Three Phase Theory. Prerequisite: EE3033 3-Phase Theory

EE5003 Instrumentation
This is an introductory course in instrumentation and process control. Various transducers and their applications are discussed for temperature, pressure and flow measurements. The basic elements of electrical, thermal liquid flow, gas flow and mechanical system components are introduced. The analog and digital signal conditioning circuits are discussed for data conversion analysis. The basic operation of A/D and D/A is explained. Analog and digital multiplexer and data sample/hold are discussed.

EE4043 Programmable Logic Control I
This is a basic course in motor and logic control using both relay logic and PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers). Ladder and cabling diagrams are developed to meet the logic requirements for a variety of applications. These are then documented, programmed, wired and run using both actual and simulated equipment. Small PLCs with only discrete I/Os and limited capability are used in this course. Prerequisite: EE1034 Digital Circuits and EE3114 Electrical Motor Control

EE4074 Voice and Data Cabling
This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of communication networks, telecommunication cabling, communication standards, and how to properly install and test an F connector and RJ45 jack.

EE4103 Power Systems
This core course builds a profound understanding of various utility power systems and renewable energy systems used in Ontario. The students will learn the principle operation and components of the generating stations followed by learning the fundamentals of low voltage distribution systems and high voltage distribution system and it’s challenges. Then we look at the cost of electricity and DC transmission systems. Prerequisite: EE3033 Three Phase Circuits.

MA4204 Calculus I
This is a basic introductory course in Calculus. Students learn the language of calculus and apply the rules to simple engineering problems. The course includes the derivative of algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions, with applications to minimum and maximum. An introduction to integration, with algebraic functions, is also taught with some basic applications to area under the curve and volumes of revolution.

IN4403 MS Project Management
This course will introduce students to the basic skills of Microsoft Office Project. Students will plan a project, create a project schedule, communicate project information, assign resources and costs, track progress and close the project, and share project information with other people and applications.

Semester 5
CM5032 Technical Report I
Satisfactory completion of Technical/Graduate Report is a requirement for graduation. Students develop a primary research project and conduct the work independently outside class hours. They are assigned a faculty advisor from their department. During the Fall semester, students develop the project proposal, complete all required research, tests, measurements, etc., and present the proposal and project schedule. Prerequisite: CM3064 Report Writing or Corequisite CM3035 or CM4102 Report Writing II

EE5203 Protection and Control I
This is an introductory course in all aspects of protection and control as they apply to power utility systems. Prerequisites: EE4103 Power Systems

EE5213 Power Utility System
This core course develops a profound understanding of the utility power systems. The course begins with a review of different types of generation/distribution stations; then the basic understanding of a transmission lines and conductors, an in-depth calculations of resistance inductance, capacitance of medium and long distance transmission lines with all it’s associated losses. Also; we do excessive labs which simulate short distance transmission lines and how it reacts to different types of loads. The course is 50% practical. Prerequisite: EE4103 Power Systems.

EE6204 Electrical Design – CAD II
The first part of this course provides the student with the basic knowledge necessary to design electrical installations for residential, commercial and industrial establishments. Topics include load estimation and the design consideration of service entrance, feeder and branch circuit, panelboards, grounding, illumination, and socket outlets. Computer programs will be used for cable and lighting fixture design. Canadian Electrical Code will be used as a design reference. In the second part of this course a review of AutoCAD 2010 commands together with more advanced features such as creation of templates, block attributes, text and dimension styles, will be discussed. Students will create their own templates and electrical legends that could be used at different paper space settings. Prerequisite: EE2204 Intallation Methods CAD I.

EL1003 Elective I
Students may choose a postsecondary course from a program they are working towards or a regular General Arts and Science course as an elective. Notes: Students cannot take post-secondary courses which require prerequisites. Certain programs such as, BSc. Nursing, Law Clerk and others, have predetermined electives. A list of eligible elective courses for these programs will be provided by the program coordinator at the beginning of each semester in which an elective is required.

ET5003 Electronics Communications I
This is the first of a two-semester course. Topics include: the communication spectrum, types of modulation transmitter circuits, AM super heterodyne receivers, single sideband transmission, frequency modulation and testing and troubleshooting sections. There will be various lab projects to reinforce the theoretical concepts. Prerequisites: MA4204, Calculus I with a grade of “C”

MA5005 Calculus II
This course is a continuation of Calculus I. The course expands the concepts of integrals to trigonometric, inverse and exponential functions, and the use of the Table of Integrals. Other topics include Fourier series and the integration of partial fractions. The students will also learn how to solve differential equations using methods of separable variables, Laplace Transforms and 2nd order differential equations (with right side equal to zero). All methods have applications to RLC circuits.

Semester 6
CM6034 Technical Report II
This course is a continuation of the prerequisite course IN5032 Technical / Graduate Report I. During the winter semester, students complete all further development and present the project in an oral presentation and in a written presentation before the given deadline. The project must be presented in accordance with required industrial, engineering, or business standards.Prerequisite: CM5032 Technical Report I

EE5043 Programmable Logic Controllers II
This course covers the operation and applications of an advanced programmable logic controller. The course begins with an introduction to an advanced PLC and its capabilities and applications. Then as the course proceeds, these applications are expanded upon, providing students with skills in applying PLCs to monitor and control devices, such as motors, solenoids, lights, valves, and other output devices both discrete and analog for commercial and industrial establishments. Advanced topics include multiplexing, arithmetic functions, data moves, networking and PID control. The PLCs used in this course are of the more advanced type permitting the operations as explained above. Prerequisite: EE4043 Programmable Logic Controllers I

EE6003 Control Systems
Topics include control system terminology, controllers, actuating devices, transfer functions, Laplace Transform, Bode plots, stability analysis of system performance using different methods including Nichols charts and Root Locus. Prerequisite: EE5003 Instrumentation

EE6203 Protection and Control II
This course is a continuation of Protection and Control I. Prerequisite: EE5203 Protection and Control I.

ET6043 Digital Communications
This course involves a study on communication using digital signals. Topics include the different types of coding techniques, different forms of transmission, network communications and today’s fiber optics systems. Prerequisite: ET5003 Electronic Communications.

MA6022 Statistics
This course will cover such topics as: classification of data using Excel, x-y graphs, bar graphs and pie charts, organization of data into frequency distributions, calculation of the mean, weighted mean, the median and the mode, variance and standard deviation, calculation of the probabilities for frequency distribution (binomial and normal), estimation of population means, standard deviation and proportions within a given confidence interval, control charts for statistical process control.

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Articulation Agreements – Universities

Program Degree at Receiving University
Civil Engineering Technology Athabasca (Alberta)
Electrical Engineering Technician Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering Technology
Mining Engineering Technician
Cape Breton (Nova Scotia)
Civil Engineering Technology Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Petroleum) or (Emergency Management) or (Environmental Studies) or (Electronics & Controls)
Electrical Engineering Technology
Welding Engineering Technology
Griffith (Australia)
Bachelor of Engineering
Laurentian (Ontario)
Bachelor of Science
Civil Engineering Technology Lakehead (Ontario)
Electrical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Engineering (Civil), Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
McMaster (Ontario)
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
Computer Engineering Technician University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario)
Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)
Electrical Engineering Technology Cape Breton (Nova Scotia)
Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Petroleum)
Electronic Engineering Technician IOTI (Ireland)
Electrical Engineering Technology Bachelor of Engineering
   
Environmental Technician – Water and Wastewater Operations Sligo (Ireland)
  Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection
  Guelph (Ontario)
Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management, Environmental Management
Western (Ontario)
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician Sligo (Ireland)
Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics
Mining Engineering Technician Queens (Ontario)
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
Note 1: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.
Note 2: Ryerson University may ask applicants to complete two or three university level liberal studies courses prior to admission.

Articulation Agreements – Colleges

Program Credential from Receiving College
Computer Engineering Technician Algonquin (Ontario)
Bachelor of Building Science
Sheridan (Ontario)
Bachelor of Applied Information Sciences (Information Systems Security)
Construction Engineering Technician Algonquin (Ontario)
Bachelor of Building Science
Co-op Apprenticeships: Heavy Equipment Techniques, Mechanical Techniques-Industrial Millwright Cambrian (Ontario)
Technician Co-op Diploma
Mining Engineering Technician Cambrian (Ontario)
Mining Engineering Technology
Confederation (Ontario)
Mining Techniques
Note 1: The information above is subject to change without notice at the institution’s discretion.