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

 

Turbocharge your skills with a one-year top-up

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 stay on at Northern for one more year to graduate with an advanced diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology. And then there’s the option of a degree at Lakehead University.

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.

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 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.

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.

 

Contact Information

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

Admission Requirements

General 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 Accessment & Recognition (PLAR) process to demonstate 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.

Semester 1
EE3014 Three-Phase Theory

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.

IN5003 Embedded Programming II

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.

ME3004 Energy Systems I

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.

Semester 2
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.

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

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