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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 is placed on problem solving and critical thinking to aid you in being 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
  • Upon successful completion of our program, your diploma equates to the three levels of theory required towards your apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification.
  • 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

Optional Paid Co-op

Our program features an optional, paid co-op directly related to your program of study. During this work-integrated learning experience, you’ll apply your skills and knowledge in an actual work environment, giving you industry training that you can showcase to potential employers when you graduate.

You will be required to complete work preparation sessions prior to the work term to help you develop an industry-specific resume and effective interviewing skills. Cambrian’s Career Centre will support you through this process and will also help you to source and apply for placement opportunities.

International students: Study permits prohibit international students from participating in optional co-ops. However, if you are an international student and are interested in work-integrated learning opportunities, visit Cambrian’s Career Centre to discuss available options with a career advisor. Opportunities may include volunteer positions or part-time or full-time jobs during academic breaks and/or during the academic year.

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


  • Any grade 11 physics (U) or grade 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 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2022
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2023

Winter Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2021
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2022
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2022
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2023

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.

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 1 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 & DC Machines Lab 1 4
ELC 2414 AC & DC Machines Theory 1 3
ELN 2419 Power Electronics II 1 4
INT 1007 Instrumentation II 1 4
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 5
ELC 1006 Intermediate PLC 6
ENE 1014 Alternative Energy 3
ELC 3504 Industrial Wiring Practices 1 6
ELC 3511 Electronic Drives 1 3
MTH 2353 Electrical Math III (TECH) 3
TEC 3501 Technical Report Research 1
Semester 6
ELC 1007 PLC Projects & Troubleshooting 1 5
INT 3505 Instrumentation III 1 3
ELC 1008 Electrical Protection & Dist. 3
ELC 3609 Fundamental Hydraulics 1 3
ELC 1015 Industrial Networking 3
MTH 3552 Electrical math v 3
TEC 3601 Technical Report 1
 Total Credits144


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 textbooks is approximately $1,675 for Year 1 and $925 for Year 2 (plus HST). A complete electrical tool kit is provided, paid as an ancillary fee with tuition.  Personal protective equipment: safety boots, safety glasses and gloves, could cost around $150.  Any voluntary student certification or apprenticeship membership will have additional fees. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may 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, andwill also be capable of performing the electrical design functions of an Electrical Engineering Technologist in an engineering environment.  Because graduates will have completed extensive electrical training and will also have completed the equivalent of Levels 1, 2 and 3 Electrical Trade School, they will be attractive to employers as Apprentice Electricians.

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Telecommunications
  • Renewable Energy
  • Power Distribution
  • Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning

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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