Electrical Engineering Technician – Level 3 for Instrumentation Graduates

Program Title – Electrical Engineering Technician – Level 3 for Instrumentation Graduates

  • Credential Earned
    Ontario College Diploma

    Part Time/Full Time

  • Program Length
    2 Semesters

    Program Status

  • Career Coach

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT-T133 (HL) Haileybury Campus

Advanced Standing Pathway Information
Graduates of the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician Program at the Haileybury Campus, can now apply for advanced standing into the Electrical Engineering Program (T133) at the Haileybury Campus. This pathway is being offered to all graduates within the last 5 years of Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician Program.

This pathway means, you can start in the third semester of Electrical Engineering Technician program. This is a blocked transfer pathway – you will take 6 additional courses (3 in the fall semester and 3 in the winter semester). In addition to these 6 courses, you can choose to take elective courses to qualify for full time studies.

This is a blended delivery program, meaning some courses are delivered through video conference.

Program Description
Electrical Engineering Technicians work in the areas of installation, testing, operation, maintenance, and repair, as well as analyzing and troubleshooting a variety of electrical circuits, equipment and systems. In addition, graduates will be able to participate in quality control and quality assurance programs and apply communication, documentation, computer information technology, and teamwork skills to support the engineering activities of an organization. Technicians maintain power generation stations and transmission lines and work in areas such as protection, industrial telecommunications, electrical maintenance and installation, and control systems. Students receive extensive hands-on instruction in several state-of-the-art laboratories. They will 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.

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. Graduates can expect to find employment in the following fields/positions: quality control, electrical drafting, research and technical laboratories.

Contact Information
Tel: 705-235-3211 x2116

Admission Requirements

Potential applicants for the Electrical Engineering Technician – Level 3 must have obtained the 2 year diploma in Instrumentation and Control Engineering.

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.

Applicants taking this pathway, will typically begin in the third semester of Electrical Engineering Technician program. This is a blocked transfer pathway – taking 6 additional courses (3 in the fall semester and 3 in the winter semester).

The six courses are:

Semester 3
EE3033 Three Phase Theory
IN3263 Embedded Programming and Networks
ME3004 Energy Systems

Semester 4
EE1204 Residential Wiring and Methods
ET6073 Voice and Data Cabling
EE4103 Power Systems

In addition to these 6 courses, you can choose to take elective courses which may qualify for full time studies. Choice of elective courses, maybe applied towards advanced standing in the Electrical Engineering Technology Advanced Diploma.

Semester 3
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.

IN3253 Embedded Programming and Networks
The first part of this course introduces the learner to the fundamentals of computer and how they are networked. Topics include a basic overview of computer/network equipment, networking fundamentals and standards, and network design. 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

ME3004 Energy Systems
This course introduces students to energy conservation and renewable energy technologies. Lectures and labs examine basic theory and application of micro hydro, wind power, solar photo-voltaic and solar thermal technologies as well as ground source heat pumps and biomass energy systems. Students will focus on energy systems for residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

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, EE1034 Digital Circuits.

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 course 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 its challenges. Then we look at the cost of electricity and DC transmission systems. Prerequisite: E3033 Three Phase Circuits.

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