Become a key player in electrical equipment and power systems servicing and design

Modelled after the Level 1 and 2 Trade School portions of the Ontario Basic Electrician Apprenticeship, you’ll gain hands-on experience and in-class know-how in the design, installation, troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance of typical electrical circuits, working your way up to complex electrical machinery. 
You’ll learn about electrical safety codes and print reading, and gain exposure to residential, commercial, and industrial installations. An introduction to AutoCAD Electrical, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), power electronics, and instrumentation rounds out your learning. Our program features an optional, paid co-op where you’ll apply your skills in an actual work environment. 

Program highlights

  • Capped enrolment 
  • Diploma equates to 2 of the 3 levels of required theory towards your apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification 
  • Hands-on electrical labs feature industry-standard 120 to 208/240 volt equipment 
  • Optional paid co-op to gain industry experience 
  • Grads get advanced standing in Cambrian’s Electrical Engineering Technology to earn an advanced diploma in just 1 year 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CAD 1002 Electrical CAD 2
ELC 1004 Prints & Electrical Code I 3
ELC 1009 Electrical Workplace Safety 1 2
ELC 1125 Electrical Installation I 1 5
ELR 1121 Electrical Fundamentals 1 6
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MTH 1152 Electrical Math I 3
Semester 2
ELC 1211 Electrical Installation II 1 5
ELC 1215 Motor Control Fundamentals 4
ELC 1226 Digital Electronics Theory 3
ELC 2308 Prints & Electrical Code II 3
INT 1008 Instrumentation Fundamentals 3
MTH 1252 Electrical Math II 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
ELC 1011 Prints and Electrical Code III 3
ELN 2320 Power Electronics I 1 5
ELC 2316 Electrical Systems Lab 1 4
ELC 2317 Electrical Systems Theory 3
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
INT 1006 Instrumentation I 1 4
MTH 2352 Electrical Math III 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
ELC 1012 Prints and Electrical Code IV 3
ELC 2425 PLC Basic Programming 4
ELC 2413 AC and DC Machines Lab 1 4
ELC 2414 AC and DC Machines Theory 3
ELN 2419 Power Electronics II 1 4
INT 1007 Instrumentation II 1 4
One General Education course. 2 3
 Total Credits101

 Course with Lab Component


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

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

Additional admission requirements


  • Any grade 12 physics (C) or (U)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026

Specific program pathway

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

College or university degree opportunities  

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information. 

Employment opportunities

Graduates will be capable of performing the electrical design functions of an Electrical Engineering Technician in an engineering environment.  They will also have completed the equivalent of Levels 1 and 2 Electrical Trade School, which will make them desirable candidates as Apprentice Electricians on residential, commercial or industrial jobs. 

Graduates are also prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Telecommunications
  • Fire and Security Alarm Systems
  • Renewable Energy
  • Power Distribution
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

Electrical Engineering Technician graduates can apply for Certified Technician certification through OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists).

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.