Electrical Engineering Technology

The three-year Electrical Engineering Technology program at Algonquin College prepares students to design and specify electrical equipment, systems and components. Technology students choose either an “automation” stream that emphasizes microelectronic control systems, or specialize in a “utilities” stream which focuses on elements of protection and control, and the design of transmission and distribution power systems. Click here to view the program delivery pattern.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod
(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
3 Year(s)

Program Code: 0318X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program prepares students for career paths in the electrical, communications, manufacturing, electrical utilities and protection fields. The program appeals to students who enjoy the challenge of solving problems ranging from how to connect and troubleshoot circuits, to the analysis, synthesis, and design of electrical and electronic systems. Students learn how to apply practical experience, knowledge, mathematics, computer skills, and to find and evaluate solutions.

Students acquire basic fundamentals during the first two levels. In Levels 03 and 04, students develop the skills required by many of the more sophisticated areas of the industry. In Levels 05 and 06, students study the design of equipment, processes, and systems, interpret and prepare specifications, technical drawings, and instructions, prepare estimates and manage projects. Students are required to take general education courses in most levels.

The curriculum consists of core courses in electrical principles, codes, circuitry, control systems, computer applications and machinery. Students also study AutoCAD, telecommunications, electronics, instrumentation and robotics. Core electives allow students to specialize in either the automation or utilities stream.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at http://algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:
  • Enjoy applying physical and chemical laws and practising logic to find solutions to physical problems.
  • Seek variety and opportunity in their career.
  • Have strong observational and analytical skills.
  • Enjoy working on multidisciplinary projects.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in the following areas: design and testing, manufacturing, installation and/or supervision, diagnostics and analysis of electrical, communication, utilities, and fire protection equipment and systems.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  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 a qualified person.
  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.
  18. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
DAT8942 Computer Applications - Electrical Students are introduced to the College computer network, spreadsheet applications, word processing software and electrical design software, including Multisim electronic workbench and AutoCAD. Focus is on Autocad, in particular electrical applications. 45.0
ELE8909 Electrical Principles I Students are introduced to the fundamentals of direct current circuit analysis. The standards for electrical measurement are studied and practiced. Electrical circuit design, construction and documentation are also practiced. The first module is a compulsory orientation to safe electrical work practices. 90.0
ELE8913 Codes and Regulations Students locate and interpret the Canadian Electrical Code rules that ensure that electrical systems and equipment do not create hazardous conditions to person or property. In addition, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and the Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) are examined. 45.0
ELE8919 Achieving Success in the 21st Century Rapid changes in technology have created new employment and business opportunities that challenge each of us to find our place as citizens in the emerging society. Life in the 21st century presents significant opportunities, creates potential hazards, and demands that we face new responsibilities in ethical ways. Students explore the possibilities ahead, assess their own aptitudes and strengths, and apply critical thinking and decision making tools to help resolve some of the important issues present in our complex society with its competing interests. 45.0
ENL1813T Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
MAT8100 Essential Mathematics The study of algebraic and transcendental functions is an essential prerequisite to Calculus. Students manipulate algebraic expressions, solve algebraic equations and linear systems, and learn the properties of algebraic and transcendental functions. Students graph a variety of functions and solve problems involving complex numbers, trigonometry and vectors. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
DAT8921 Introduction to Programming This is an introductory course in programming. Students learn to create structured programs in a high level language to solve engineering problems. This course emphasizes problem-solving strategies, program design, debugging method and program documentation. Students are introduced to available (std) library resources for a particular language; how to write appropriate user functions; how to apply code control structures and work with supported data-types and structures, such as arrays. 45.0
ELE8921 Electromagnetic Control Students cover the design, installation and troubleshooting of relay logic, electronic logic, electromagnetic controls, AC motor control methods using full voltage starters and the design of motor power circuits, using the Canadian Electrical Code.

Prerequisites: ELE8909 or ELE8613
ELE8922A Electrical Principles - II Resistive, inductive and capacitive circuits in both DC and AC (including power factor correction) are covered. Operation of basic electronic components, such as diodes, zener diodes, SCRs, voltage regulators, single phase and three phase rectifiers and power supplies are also studied. Students learn to design, construct, analyze and test electronic circuitry at the "breadboard" level.

Prerequisites: ELE8909
ELE8923 Electrical Machinery Students study transformer characteristics, sizing and installations in accordance with the Canadian Electrical Code. They analyze three-phase circuits and learn about the construction, selection, and operational characteristics of motors and generators. The behaviour of variable frequency drives and the operational characteristics and sizing of overcurrent protection are introduced.

Prerequisites: ELE8909 or ELE8613
PHY8201 Environmental Impact of Technology Every day newspaper headlines, movies, and television have warnings of the dire consequences of some environmental issues, such as global warming, acid rain, climate change and a host of other problems. Students are provided some of the science behind the headlines so they can make informed decisions as citizens, consumers and professionals. 45.0
Level: 03 Hours
ELE8930 Power Electronics This course extends the study of digital logic from previous courses. Students study the principles and applications of semiconductor devices, both general and special types, including IGBT's with an emphasis on their industrial applications in variable frequency drives, DC power lines, Switched Mode Power Supplies and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). The lab portion focuses on circuit building, the use of test equipment, collecting, recording and analyzing results, including comparison to calculated values produced by computer simulation. Safe work practices are an essential part of this course.

Prerequisites: ELE8922A
ELE8932 Programmable Controllers This Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) course extends the principles learned in the first year and applies them to programmable logic controllers. The emphasis is on programming and installing of the current generation of PLC technology. Industrial ladder diagrams, structured text and sequential function chart software are covered. Students develop programs to solve typical industrial applications using relay logic, counters, timers, sequencers, mathematical functions and move commands. Students configure and connect digital and analog input/output modules.

Prerequisites: ELE8921
ELE8944 Building Electrical Systems with AutoCAD Students develop their AutoCAD skills including the use of layers, blocks, PaperSpace, ModelSpace, block attributes, dynamic blocks, templates (DWT), drawing standards and DWF (Drawing Web Format). The application of standards, particularly the Canadian Electrical Code, specifications, and manufacturers' data to the design of both residential and commercial building electrical systems are included.

Prerequisites: DAT8942
MAT8101 Differential Calculus Differential Calculus is the mathematical study of rates of change. The derivative, its definition and interpretation and its applications are studied. Students calculate limits and use first principles to find simple derivatives. Implicit differentiation and the product, quotient and chain rules are used to find derivatives of algebraic functions. Students use differentiation rules to find derivatives of transcendental functions. A variety of applications of derivatives, such as curve sketching, finding the tangent to a curve and finding an approximate solution to an equation using Newton's method are also studied.

Prerequisites: MAT8100 or MAT8100P
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0317 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following five theme requirements: Arts in Society, Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GED6022 or GEN1001 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003 or GED5003
Level: 04 Hours
ELE8931 Instrumentation The procedures for the selection, connection and calibration of instruments are covered. Instruments are used to measure quantities, such as temperature, pressure, fluid flow and level. Students learn standard testing and calibration procedures of instrumentation and sensing devices. Students connect and program PLC's to measure and control temperature, pressure, flow and level. In addition, students are introduced to process control systems and to the design of instrumentation systems.

Prerequisites: ELE8932
ELE8940 Industrial Telecommunications Students are introduced to the basic concepts and theories utilized in modern electronic communications. This includes basic signal and information theory, analog and digital modulation, and radio frequency (RF) modulation, in addition to packet network based communications technologies. In the lab, signal theory and analysis is demonstrated, and students gain hands on experience using industry standard communications test equipment. Data communications are covered at the protocol and physical level, in the lab and theory portion of the course. 75.0
ELE8941 Robotics and Controls Robotics is approached as a special case within the larger area of interactive, software-driven devices. Students are introduced to the basics of robotics and feedback control, setting up and programming a microcontroller, designing and programming actuation and sensing devices associated with a robot, analogue and digital control and DC motor control using Pulse Width Modulation (PWM).

Prerequisites: DAT8921
ELE8949 Project Management for Electrical Engineering Technicians Students develop the planning, scheduling, budgeting and organizing skills required to manage projects. Relevant industrial examples are used.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T

Co-requisites: ENL2019T and ENL8720
ENL2019T Technical Communication for Engineering Technologies The ability to communicate effectively in a technically-oriented interdisciplinary workplace is a foundational skill in an innovation-driven economy. Students are exposed to exercises and assignments designed to foster independent and collaborative critical thinking, research, writing, visual communication and presentation skills related to technical topics.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
MAT8102 Integral Calculus Integral Calculus expands on techniques from differential calculus to find, for example, the area under a curve, the area between two curves and the volume of solids of revolution. Students calculate both indefinite and definite integrals. They use the Trapezoidal Rule and Simpson's Rule to perform numerical integrations. Students integrate polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions by substitution. Integration by parts and by partial fractions are employed to perform complex integrations.

Prerequisites: MAT8101
Elective: choose 1 Hours
ELE8945 Distributed Electrical Systems Students examine the basis for power generation, transmission and distribution with particular emphasis on the province of Ontario. This includes an understanding of standard voltage levels, energy sources, major system components, function and selection of power reactors, operation of the grid, effects of weather on the delivery of electricity and organizational structures that control electricity in Ontario. 45.0
ELE8946 Fire Alarm Systems Students are introduced to the fire alarm industry, the applicable codes and standards, the nature of fire and extinguishment processes, different types of systems, verification and inspections. An overview of fire alarm systems emphasizes requirements for initiating devices, signal appliances, and control panels together with the different types of field wiring and microprocessor-based systems. 45.0
Level: 05 Hours
CAM8302E Microcomputer Interfacing Students develop practical knowledge of how to integrate computer and electronic circuits to control mechanical or electronic apparatus. Parallel port, USB port, Ethernet, as well as serial port interfacing are investigated. The concept of automation is reinforced by experimenting with the industry standard software LabVIEW. Open loop I/O control via a computer is implemented using "C-Language" programs with external devices, such as DC motors, stepper motors and solid state relays. Students also operate an A/D converter and write data acquisition programs to get readings from different sensors.

Prerequisites: ELE8941
ELE8956E Electrical Equipment Design Students analyze the design of electrical equipment and systems including solar and wind energy generation, and transformers. Measurement and quality concepts are covered. Thermodynamics, as it relates to energy losses, equipment cooling and the operation of refrigeration and heat pumps, is included. Students research design problems and apply mathematics and science principles to find solutions.

Prerequisites: ELE8922A and ELE8923
ELE8960 Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition Whether it's manufacturing, water treatment, or energy production Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems are at the heart of any automated control system. Students explore the hardware and software components of a SCADA system including industrial network protocols, alarm monitoring, and data collection. Students also examine standards, control philosophy, security, and best practices. In the lab, students build, configure and test a SCADA system.

Prerequisites: ELE8940
ENG4001 Project I Experience with practical projects provides students with learning opportunities to gain insight and experience, thereby making the connection to industry. Through collaborative participation in applied research projects, students undertake problems of significant technical complexity and work towards solutions using project management methodologies. Students initiate projects working closely with stakeholders in real-world workplace environments.

Co-requisites: ENL4001
ENL4001 Technology Report Preparation Students define and describe a problem of significant technical complexity and present a suitable technological solution. Drawing upon skills previously acquired, students plan, conduct research for, and begin the creation of a written report that is based upon the guidelines established by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT).

Prerequisites: ENL1819T or ENL2019T

Co-requisites: ENG4001
MAT8103 Ordinary Differential Equations Physical situations such as beam deflection, harmonic motion, circuit theory or Newton's Laws require solving first or second order ordinary differential equations. Students study first order differential equations and solve these equations using separation of variables, integrating combinations, integrating factors for linear equations and Laplace Transforms. Both homogeneous and non-homogenous second and higher order differential equations with constant coefficients are solved using the method of undetermined coefficients and Laplace Transforms. Students also use both methods to solve practical applications of second order ordinary differential equations related to the students program of study. A review of sequences and series is completed and the convergence of series is examined in order to prepare students for power series expansions. Students apply Maclaurin and Taylor series to expand functions as a power series and use the results to approximate values of transcendental functions. Students study periodic functions and determine their Fourier series expansions.

Prerequisites: MAT8102
Elective: choose 1 Hours
ELE8958 Protection and Control Students examine types of relays, faults and fault protection used in power distribution and transmission. Students study the characteristics of current and potential transformers, single line representations of power systems, time-current curves (TCC curves) of fuses and circuit breakers, selective coordination, symmetrical components, SCADA systems, typical IEC / ANSI drawing symbols and terminology. Protection and control relays for lines, transformers, motors, and feeders are commissioned, programmed, tested and used in simulation.

Prerequisites: ELE8945
ELE8959 Mechanical-Electrical Systems Integration Students are introduced to the essential mechanical devices and systems they deal with in design, construction and troubleshooting. Students also examine the use of basic machines, gears, pulleys, pneumatics, hydraulics and pumps. The lab portion includes using programmable logic controllers in conjunction with pneumatic devices and applications of block programming. 75.0
Level: 06 Hours
DAT8933 Advanced Computer Applications Students are introduced to the basic principles of geographic information systems (GIS), 3D AutoCAD and Microsoft Access. Students learn how a GIS works relating different information in a spatial context and how to reach a conclusion or decision from this analysis. Students also develop an understanding of the 3D features in AutoCAD and customization of AutoCAD. Students learn how to create, manage and use database applications using MS Access. 45.0
ELE8966 Advanced Building Electrical Systems Electrical systems are analyzed and designed based on CE and Building Code requirements. Students determine feeder sizing, cable selection and raceway layout. Students examine the principal components of electrical installations, including metering, switching, grounding and bonding. The requirements for lighting are examined and calculated. Electrical design issues are studied, including power factor correction, energy storage requirements, interconnection with distributed power generation, micro generation, smart metering and synchronization. Economic issues relating to power distribution and methods to correct power quality problems, such as voltage sags, transients, waveform distortion, harmonics, noise and frequency variations are discussed. 45.0
ENG4003 Project II The ability to identify and satisfy all stakeholder expectations is essential in successful product development. Students continue to execute projects of significant technical complexity in an applied research context. Students work in consultation with faculty and external stakeholders to create deliverables by monitoring and controlling the project resources. The solutions developed are defended in formal oral and written presentations.

Prerequisites: ENG4001

Co-requisites: ENL4003
ENG8344E Control Systems Students are introduced to industrial control systems. They develop an understanding of various control systems and their components. Topics covered include open and closed loop control systems, block diagrams, transfer functions, Laplace transforms, sensors and actuators applications, processing analog signals, motion control principles, component selection/integration and system design, discrete control, continuous control and digital and analog controllers. Lab work focuses on the use of sensors, data acquisition and processing, use of DACs and ADCs and industrial controllers.

Prerequisites: CAM8302E
ENL4003 Technology Report Students complete the report defined in ENL4001. The completed report forms the basis of an oral presentation to faculty, peers and interested industry personnel in the final weeks of the term. ENL4001 and ENL4003 must be taken in the same academic year unless an exception is approved.

Prerequisites: ENL4001

Co-requisites: ENG4003
Elective: choose 1 Hours
ELE8967 Electrical Distribution Design Students explore the construction and operation of AC and DC transmission systems, modelling of transmission lines, common design methods of distributed networks and issues or disturbances that can occur on distribution systems. Students simulate electrical transmission and distribution faults, while using protection and control methods to manage power flow throughout the electrical system.

Prerequisites: ELE8958
ELE8968 Building Automation Systems Various topics related to Building Automation Systems (BAS) are covered. Students are introduced to the main components of the BAS. Many technical aspects of automation including smart thermostats, (Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning), lighting, access and security, measuring, sensing, actuation and digital controls are covered. The Internet of Things (IoT), Ambient Intelligence (AmI) concepts, real-world applications of wireless sensing/actuating devices and data acquisition systems (DAQ), as an important aspect of building automation are introduced. In the lab, students design, build, test and troubleshoot various building automation components and subsystems.

Prerequisites: CAM8302E

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,415.30. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $15,941.34. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/ro/pay/tuition-and-expenses

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts

Expenses total approximately $1200 in the first year, $650 in the second year and $400 in the third year. Most supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See www3.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks for more information about books.

Students are responsible for parking and locker fees, if applicable.

All students are responsible to supply their own personal protective equipment, such as CSA-approved safety footwear, protective eyewear, hearing protection, gloves, hard hat, as required in each lab environment.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

Program Eligibility

* Successful completion of Algonquin`s Electrical Engineering Technician program or equivalent with a cumulative GPA of 1.7 and no less than a C- in ENL2019T - Technical Communications and ELE8941 - Robotics and Controls. Plus the specified additional math course. Students not meeting these requirements require department permission to register in technology courses. Applicants from other colleges should contact the program coordinator prior to applying to determine required bridging courses.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at https://xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

Students are trained on a Windows-based platform which is the industry standard in the field of engineering. Mac platforms are not acceptable because they are not compatible with the hardware and software used in this program.

OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) recognizes this program as meeting the academic requirements for certification in the Certified Technician (C.Tech) category. Students are encouraged to register as Associate members of OACETT. Additional requirements to become fully certified (work experience, the OACETT Professional Practice Examination, peer references, etc.) are the jurisdiction of OACETT.

Levels 05 and 06 include a technology project. Important elements of planning, project selection and team assignment occur at the end of Level 04, usually in April. Students registering for the program after this time may have a limited opportunity for industrial partnerships and inter-professional learning.

For more information, contact Kathryn Reilander, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 3431 or Kathryn.Reilander@algonquincollege.com.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time