Electrical Engineering Technology

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: Ontario College Advanced Diploma (3 Year)
Campus: Timmins
Program Length: 6 Semesters

Program Codes
T074 (PC) – Timmins Campus

An advanced diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology will set you up as an industry leader – with the opportunity to continue your studies at the university level.

After two years of the Electrical Engineering Technician program, you’ll specialize in year three – taking on a series of independent projects, and further honing the math, communication and reporting skills that will be critical to your success.

You’ll master advanced programming techniques. You’ll dive deeper into the operation of power utility systems, protective relaying, and power system controls and protections. And you’ll harness the latest technology to design residential, commercial and industrial installations that measure up to exacting industry standards. After that, you’ll be ready to chart your own course in a high-tech field.

The first two years of the Electrical Engineering Technician program are 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 also complete a two semester Technical Report Project in third year. This crucial project integrates all acquired knowledge, requiring students to develop and adhere to a project schedule and produce a functional outcome, demonstrating their practical and theoretical proficiency.

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.

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

After completing the two-year Electrical Engineering Technician diploma program, continue your studies with an additional year in order to obtain an advanced diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology.

Specialize in electrical technology to receive a greater depth of training and knowledge in Protection and Control, Control Systems, Electrical Design, Power Utility Systems and Programmable Logic Controls with extensive hands-on instruction in several state-of-the-art laboratories.

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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.

More information can be found in the Program Outline [PDF, 205 KB]. Program Outlines can also be found in the archives.

Program Outline [PDF, 205 KB]

2024-2025 Academic Year

Semester 1

In this course, students will learn essential skills for success in college and the workplace. This course focuses on developing and strengthening oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking ability. During this course, students will engage in a variety of forms of communication with a focus on upholding the principles of academic integrity. Students will develop the skills necessary to create discipline-specific documents, practice business etiquette and professionalism, and apply critical thinking strategies to practical scenarios. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to plan and draft concise, coherent and well-organized writing assignments that are tailored to specific audiences and purposes. 

42 Hours

This course is the learner’s first introduction to the world of electricity. Fundamental concepts are covered which are essential to the understanding of all concepts in the Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs. The course begins with an overview of physical quantities and measurement systems. The nature of charge, current, voltage, and resistance are then investigated. The relationships between these values are used to develop circuit analysis techniques for both AC and DC circuits. This course is the learner’s first introduction to the world of electricity. Fundamental concepts are covered which are essential to the understanding of all concepts in the Electrical Engineering Technician and Technology programs. The course begins with an overview of physical quantities and measurement systems. The nature of charge, current, voltage, and resistance are then investigated. The relationships between these values are used to develop circuit analysis techniques for both AC and DC circuits.

84 Hours

This is an introductory course for third semester Technician and Technology students. Most common measuring instruments, including voltmeter, ammeter, ohmmeter, wattmeter, meggers and oscilloscope will be studied and some will be designed. Measuring Instruments are the eyes of the electrician. An understanding of how measuring instruments operate is very important to anyone working in the electrical field. They provide the electrician with the ability to evaluate problems in the job through the use of technical tools. They also enable an electrician to correctly determine electrical values of voltage, current, resistance, power and many others. In this course, D’Arsonval meter movement and digital display will be used to design different types of meters. Loading of different instruments and their high frequency characteristics will be discussed.

42 Hours

This course introduces the student to health and safety in their home, in society and within an occupational setting. Students learn about the social and personal benefits of safe work practices and the methods to best prevent accidents or injuries. Students will review the role, right and responsibilities of an individual in today’s health and safety conscious world. Students also learn how to read and interpret the Occupational Act and Regulations.

42 Hours

This course is an introductory course into the study of physics. It consists of 6 theory units and a corresponding laboratory component. The topics covered include: measurement, motion, forces, work and energy, fluids and heat. The lab component gives students the opportunity to connect with the acquired theory.

56 Hours

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

56 Hours

Semester 2

In this course, students will develop professional communication skills required for success in the workplace. Students will continue to develop and strengthen their oral and written communication skills and critical thinking abilities. During this course, students will use various modes of communication to complete assignments designed to meet program and professional expectations. Students will utilize a variety of technologies for the purpose of creating a professional presence in a digital environment. Students will develop the necessary skills to create polished workplace documents such as letters, resumes, cover letters and reports tailored to specific audiences. Students will learn to conduct themselves with professionalism in both workplace interviews and job searches.  Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to create clear, concise and coherent workplace and employment documents that are error-free and designed for specific audiences and purposes.  

42 Hours

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.

56 Hours

This is an introductory course in electronics in which students learn the operation of electronic devices and their application in basic electronic circuits. Devices studied are diodes of all types, bipolar junction transistors, silicon controlled rectifiers, TRIACs, operational amplifiers, and field effect transistors. Students will construct, test and analyze basic electronic circuits such as power supplies and basic amplifier circuits.

84 Hours

This is an introductory course designed to teach students the basics of using the AutoCAD drafting software to create 2 dimensional drawings. Lessons include using the draw, modify, layering and annotation commands.

56 Hours

MA2104 is the second course in the math stream for students in an Engineering Technician / Technology program.  The emphasis of this course is on solving equations relating to quadratics, logarithms, exponentials, with sections on factoring, fractional equations, manipulating exponent and radical expressions, and complex numbers, and for some programs studying systems of linear equations and determinants.  Applications of the basic concepts, to particular fields of study, will be covered.

The second semester Mathematics course is designed to give the student the mathematical tools required to function in his/her special field of study.

Students are encouraged to seek help after class hours if problems are encountered in the course.  Every effort will be made to identify problem areas to the student, but in the final analysis, it is the responsibility of the student to ask for help.

Prerequisite: MA1100 – Mathematics I (with 60%)

56 Hours

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

42 Hours

Semester 3

The concepts involved in Digital Circuits are fundamental to the understanding of our digital world. Familiarity with different numbering systems and logical operations is key to understanding a broad range of topics including PLCs, digital communications, protection and control, electrical motor control, and others. This course will prepare the student to use the tools of logic to solve problems and optimize their solutions.

56 Hours

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.

56 Hours

This course is intended to help the students understand the principal 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.

56 Hours

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.

42 Hours

This course covers topics such as: graphs of trigonometric functions; trigonometric identities and equations; the study of analytic geometry and the study of inequalities. The students will also be introduced to the rate of change and its relation to graphs and the tangent line.

Prerequisite: MA2104

56 Hours

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

42 Hours

Semester 4

This course covers the fundamental principles of operations of DC and AC motors and generators. Topics include; DC generators, DC motors, efficiency and heating of electrical machines, electrical machine maintenance, three-phase induction motors, synchronous motors/generators, and single phase motors.

56 Hours

The course focuses on cabling issues related to data, voice, video communications and provides an understanding of the industry and its worldwide standards, types of media and cabling, physical and logical networks, as well as signal transmission. Cabling and networking equipment and consumable bundles are used to teach the hands-on portion of the curriculum. This provides the student with a basic understanding of networking and telecommunication cabling, communication standards, and how to properly plan and understand the different uses of technology examples (Power over ethernet, understanding connecting wireless  networks, Fiber networking), install and test the data/telecommunication mediums and different types of networking equipment.

42 Hours

This course will introduce the student to the control of motors, through the use of programmable logic controllers. The course will demonstrate the differences between mechanical relaying and computer relaying. It will show the student why this type of motor control is in such demand in industry. The student will gain exposure to PLCs through troubleshooting and design exercises.

42 Hours

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.

42 Hours

This is an introductory course in instrumentation and process control. Transducers and their application in pressure, flow, level and temperature systems is discussed. Basic instrumentation theory, equations and calculations are introduced in order to understand the interaction between physical processes and their transducers.

42 Hours

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 functions with applications to trajectory motion and minimum and maximum problems. An introduction to integration, with algebraic functions, is also taught with some basic applications to area, volumes of revolution, displacement-velocity-acceleration and other applied engineering problems.

Prerequisite: Mathematics III (MA3105 or MA3033) with 60%

56 Hours

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 5

Technical Report I and II concentrate on the completion of an independent technical project. This course mirrors working conditions that are frequently encountered in industry; that is, it is a self-directed, comprehensive study of a specific topic in the student’s field, not necessarily one covered in other courses. In Technical Report I, students prepare a detailed project schedule, meet with faculty advisors, prepare progress reports, and deliver a formal technical project proposal. Students begin work on the project in this course in preparation for project completion in Technical Report II.

28 Hours

This course introduces the student to power system protection and control. The course introduces fundamental concepts in protection and control including fuses, circuit breakers, power utility DC control circuits and protective relays. This course will prepare the student for further study in protection and control where the emphasis will be on protective relay programming and applications.

42 Hours

This course focuses on topics related to power utilities. The student will build upon concepts learned in previous power systems courses to gain a more detailed understanding of power utilities and their operation.

42 Hours

This course consists of two parts; electrical design and CAD II. It provides the student with the basic knowledge necessary to design electrical installations for residential, commercial and industrial establishments and to improve their CAD skills. Topics include service load estimation, receptacles, feeder and branch circuit design; transformer selection and installation requirements; panel boards; grounding, lighting design and layout; and distribution system types. The purpose of this course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge to design electrical installation for commercial and industrial establishments. Topics include: grounding, protection of feeders, branch circuits, motor circuits and motor control centres. Extensive use is made of the Ontario Electrical Code. All drawings will be completed in AutoCAD.

28 Hours

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the necessary knowledge to design electrical installation for commercial and industrial establishments.  Topics include: Review of residential service calculations, apartment/commercial service calculations, transformers overcurrent & branch circuits ampacity calculations, determining motor control centre and branch ampacities. Extensive use is made using the Canadian Electrical Code.

28 Hours

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.

42 Hours

This course is a continuation of Calculus I. The course expands the concepts of derivatives and integrals to trigonometric, logarithmic, inverse and exponential functions, and the use of the Table of Integrals. Other topics include Fourier series, Fourier Transforms and the integration of partial fractions. Students will also learn how to solve differential equations using methods of separable variables, Laplace Transforms and 2nd order differential equations equal to zero. Applications to differential equations include RLC circuits, PID controllers and transfer functions. Prerequisite: MA4204 – Calculus I

70 Hours

Semester 6

This course is a continuation of the prerequisite course CM5032 Technical 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 or engineering standards.

28 Hours

This course will introduce the student to the installation, setup, troubleshooting and special instructions in programmable logic controllers. Advanced topics such as alternate languages and HMIs are covered.

42 Hours

This course is designed to provide Electrical Engineering Technology students with a background in Process Control Systems and the tools necessary to analyze, design, interpret and modify open and closed loop control systems using analogue techniques. The design and implementation of well-tuned and stable controllers will be developed through an investigation of the following topics: systems, signals, transfer functions, first-order systems, second-order systems, and continuous time controllers (P, PI, PD, PID). Term projects will revolve around real control systems including DC motor speed and position controllers as well as heating systems. The projects will proceed in parallel with the in-class theory.

42 Hours

This course is a continuation of Protection and Control I that will focus on protective relaying and applications as applied to industry and power utilities. Protective relay elements, trip logic and relay programming and testing will be the primary focus.

42 Hours

The purpose of the Electronic Communication I course is to introduce the student to the field of communication utilized in today’s telecommunication. The course covers the operating principles, analysis, design, and construction of AM and FM transmitters and receivers.

42 Hours

This course will cover such topics as: Measures of Central and Dispersion Tendencies; Distributions (Frequency, Probability, Binomial and Normal); Quality Process Control; Correlation and Regression Models and Hypothesis Testing. This course will have applications to various fields in engineering while using Microsoft Excel

Pre-requisites: MA1100 Mathematics I

42 Hours

Career Ready Graduates

Pathways to Success

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.

 

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.

 

  1. Analyze, interpret, and produce electrical and electronics drawings, technical reports including other related documents and graphics.
  2. Analyze and solve complex technical problems related to electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles.
  3. Design, use, verify, and maintain instrumentation equipment and systems.
  4. Design, assemble, test, modify, maintain and commission electrical equipment and systems to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of qualified people.
  5. Commission and troubleshoot static and rotating electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  6. Design, assemble, analyze, and troubleshoot electrical and electronic circuits, components, equipment and systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  7. Design, install, analyze, assemble and troubleshoot control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  8. Use computer skills and tools to solve a range of electrical related problems.
  9. Create, conduct and recommend modifications to quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.
  10. Prepare reports and maintain records and documentation systems.
  11. Design, install, test, commission and troubleshoot telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  12. Apply and monitor health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces.
  13. Perform and monitor tasks in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and ethical principles.
  14. Configure installation and apply electrical cabling requirements and system grounding and bonding requirements for a variety of applications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  15. Design, commission, test and troubleshoot electrical power systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  16. Select and recommend electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  17. Apply project management principles to contribute to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of projects.

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.

  • Electrical engineering technologist
  • Employed by electrical utilities, communications companies, manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment, consulting firms and in government agencies in a variety of manufacturing, processing and transportation industries.

Admissions Information & Requirements

General 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

 

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.

Additional Requirements for International Students

In addition to the general admission requirements, international students must have proof of English Proficiency and meet the requirements below.

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELTS Academic International English Language Testing System
  • a minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet Based Test (iBT) overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact admissions@northern.on.ca.

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Tuition and fees are typically updated yearly for the upcoming Academic Year in May.

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
StudentDomesticYear3CampusTimmins - PCProgram CodeT074Tuition $3,002.92 Ancillary Fees $945.50 Total $3,948.42
StudentInternationalYear3CampusTimmins - PCProgram CodeT074Tuition $14,813.46 Ancillary Fees $1,458.00 Total $16,271.46
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