Electrical Engineering Technician – Level 3 for Instrumentation Graduates

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 2 Semesters

Program Code: T133

Once you’ve completed the Instrumentation & Control Engineering Technician diploma at Northern, you’re just one year away from a second diploma as an Electrical Engineering Technician.

Building strategically on your existing skills and with a broad focus that includes computers, digital circuits and renewable energy, you’ll learn to install, test, operate, repair and maintain industrial, electrical and electronic systems of all kinds. Along the way, you’ll master the tools and instruments that are the ‘eyes’ of the electrician.

After that, you’ll find work in any industrial sector. Or, maybe choose to stay at Northern for another year to graduate with an advanced diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology. And then, of course, there’s the option of a university degree.

Either way, you’ll have essential skills for whatever tomorrow’s economy looks like.

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.

Contact Information

For questions about being admitted into the program, please contact Northern College Admissions at admissions@northern.on.ca or by phone at 705-235-3211 ext. 7222.

For questions about the content of the program, contact the Program Coordinator.

Marc Veilleux
Program Coordinator
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2116
Email: electrical@northern.on.ca

Student Success & The Northern Experience

Graduates within the last five years of the Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician program at the Haileybury Campus, can apply for advanced standing into the Electrical Engineering Technician and can start in the third semester of Electrical Engineering Technician program.

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.

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“I started out by taking Instrumentation in Haileybury. I continued my education in Timmins and got my Electrical Engineering Technology diploma. Now I’m working for Hydro Ottawa and just about to complete the Substation Electrician apprenticeship.”

Dominique R
Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician & Electrical Engineering Technologist Graduate

Course Information

Course descriptions can be found below.

Please note, course information is based on our current offering and is subject to change. Current students can find more information on courses in their student account.

If you have questions or require program information for previous academic years, please contact the Program Coordinator.

Semester 1

This course extends upon the concepts learned in Electrical and Electronics Fundamentals and establishes the core material required for power systems and protection & control courses. The course covers fundamental concepts in AC power, transformers and three-phase circuits. 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.

This course builds upon the concepts learned in IN3263 Embedded Programming and Networks with a focus on project work that reinforces the concepts covered. By completing this course, learners will be able to identify the processing and hardware needs of a project in order to select the appropriate controller. They will also be able to use advanced microcontroller programming techniques such as bitwise operators, polled loops and interrupts, inter-device communication (UART, SPI, I2C, CAN, etc), hardware timers, external displays, motor controllers, and both analog and digital sensors. A focus on debugging and troubleshooting techniques will complement each topic.

The skyrocketing demand for clean, abundant energy has resulted in a need for comprehensive information that can be used by builders, technicians, energy industry professionals, and anyone else that wants to learn about alternative forms of energy and their everyday uses. This course explores solar, wind, and other sources and the technology available to harness them. Students will gain a better understanding on how these systems work as well as how they are put together.

56 Hours

Semester 2

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.

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.

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. This course introduces the student to electrical power systems and is designed to cover generation, distribution and transmission of electric power.

Graduate & Career Information

Pathways to Success

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.


Articulation Agreements

A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program coordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option.

Information for Graduates

Graduates of this program may be eligible to enrol 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.

Admissions Information & Requirements

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


Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Applicants who do 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 must undergo academic testing and may be required to complete Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstrate equivalency of admission requirements prior to admission into a program.

For more details, please contact the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 or admissions@northern.on.ca.

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Tuition and fees are updated yearly for the upcoming Academic Year by May 1.

Current amount may be based on last years amounts and are subject to change. Ancillary fees vary by campus and program.

If the tuition and fee information for international students does not appear on this page, visit northerncollege.ca/international/tuition to see amounts for general programs.

Please refer to your Student Account for the most up-to-date information.

Student Year Campus Program Code Tuition Ancillary Fees Total Fees
StudentDomesticYear2CampusHaileybury - HLProgram CodeT133Tuition$3,002.92 Ancillary Fees$842.50 Total$3,845.42
StudentInternationalYear2CampusHaileybury - HLProgram CodeT133Tuition$14,382.00 Ancillary Fees$1,340.58 Total$15,722.58
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