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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

Our program is designed to meet the needs of various industries that rely on electricians and electrical technologists to support and maintain the day-to-day operations of industry. Courses include an in-depth study of electrical control systems, industrial wiring practices and troubleshooting, programmable logic controllers (PLC), supervisor control and data acquisition (SCADA), human machine interface (HMI), industrial networking (Ethernet, WIFI) variable speed drives (VFD) and instrumentation control systems used by industry that will give you the ability to install, maintain, and troubleshoot today's modern electrical systems. An emphasizes on problem solving and critical thinking to aid you to be successful in this ever changing environment.

Completing this technology-level program will help position you for faster career advancement opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • Co-op diploma apprenticeship option allows you to complete the first, second, and third levels of in-school apprenticeship training
  • Electrical lab features industry-standard 600 volt equipment
  • Hands-on experience using AutoCAD, PLCs, and instrumentation tools
  • Learn to write reports that meet standards set by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists

Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program Option

The Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program combines a college diploma and apprenticeship training. The placement for this program is an optional co-op and is not required for you to graduate. You can choose to complete your postsecondary program and graduate with a certificate or diploma without participating in the co-op option. However, if you choose, and qualify, to participate in this optional Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship program, you may become a registered apprentice sponsored by your co-op employer. Through your participation in this program, you will have the opportunity to participate in paid co-op placements while earning a college certificate or diploma. Your academic curriculum, which enables you to receive Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 Trade School completion from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development after each successful year of schooling, will be enhanced by the experiences from your co-op placements.

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Engineering Technology

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U) or (M)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C is highly recommended)


  • Any grade 11 or 12 physics (C) or (U)

Advanced Standing

Graduates of Cambrian's Electrical Engineering Technician - Industrial (EETN) program or its equivalent may apply to enter directly into Semester 5 of the Electrical Engineering Technology - Industrial (EETY) program.  This is a competitive process.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2020
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2021

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1Credits
CAD 1002Electrical CAD 2
ELC 1004Prints Electrical Code I 3
ELC 1009Electrical Workplace Safety 2
ELC 1125Electrical Installation I 15
ELR 1121Electrical Fundamentals 16
ENG 1002College Communications 3
MTH 1152Electrical Math I 3
 Term Credits: 24
Semester 2
ELC 1211Electrical Installation II 15
ELC 1215Motor Control Fundamentals 4
ELC 1226Digital Electronics Theory 13
ELC 2308Prints Electrical Code II 3
INT 1008Instrumentation Fundamentals 3
MTH 1252Electrical Math II 3
The following General Education course:  3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 24
Semester 3
ELC 1011Prints and Electrical Code III 3
ELC 2315Electrical Systems 17
ELN 2320Power Electronics I 15
ENG 1754Technical Communication 3
INT 1006Instrumentation I 14
MTH 2352Electrical Math III 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 28
Semester 4
ELC 1012Prints and Electrical Code IV 3
ELC 2403AC DC Machines 17
ELC 2425PLC Basic Programming 14
ELN 2419Power Electronics II 14
INT 1007Instrumentation II 14
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
Cybernation 3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Psychology of Evil 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 25
Semester 5
ELC 1006Intermediate PLC 6
ENE 1014Alternative Energy 3
ELC 3504Industrial Wiring Practices 16
ELC 3511Electronic Drives 13
MTH 2353Electrical Math III (TECH) 3
TEC 3501Technical Report Research 1
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 6
ELC 1007PLC Projects Troubleshooting 15
INT 3505Instrumentation III 13
ELC 1008Electrical Protection Dist. 3
ELC 3609Fundamental Hydraulics 13
ELC 1015Industrial Networking 13
MTH 3552Electrical math v 3
TEC 3601Technical Report 1
 Term Credits: 21
 Total Credits: 144


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Because graduates will have completed extensive electrical training, they will be attractive to employers as Apprentice Electricians.

Graduates may also work as electrical engineering technologists analyzing, maintaining and operating industrial electrical equipment such as variable speed drives, motor controls, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), industrial networks, and other specialized equipment.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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