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Electrical Engineering Technician – Industrial

EETNSchool of Engineering Technology

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

January 2025

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Diploma

Program Duration

4 Semesters

Program Contacts

Scott Maclennan

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6453
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Program Overview

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

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 


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)

International Student Admissions

Are you an international student? Learn more about additional requirements.

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Additional admission requirements


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

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

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

Program of Study

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 1002Electrical CAD2
ELC 1004Prints & Electrical Code I3
ELC 1009Electrical Workplace Safety 12
ELC 1125Electrical Installation I 15
ELR 1121Electrical Fundamentals 16
ENG 1002College Communications3
MTH 1152Electrical Math I3
Semester 2
ELC 1211Electrical Installation II 15
ELC 1215Motor Control Fundamentals4
ELC 1226Digital Electronics Theory3
ELC 2308Prints & Electrical Code II3
INT 1008Instrumentation Fundamentals3
MTH 1252Electrical Math II3
One General Education course. 23
Semester 3
ELC 1011Prints and Electrical Code III3
ELN 2320Power Electronics I 15
ELC 2316Electrical Systems Lab 14
ELC 2317Electrical Systems Theory3
ENG 1754Technical Communication3
INT 1006Instrumentation I 14
MTH 2352Electrical Math III3
One General Education course. 23
Semester 4
ELC 1012Prints and Electrical Code IV3
ELC 2425PLC Basic Programming4
ELC 2413AC and DC Machines Lab 14
ELC 2414AC and DC Machines Theory3
ELN 2419Power Electronics II 14
INT 1007Instrumentation II 14
One General Education course. 23
 Total Credits101

 Course with Lab Component


For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$4,510.80Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

International Students

$18,122.83Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

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 and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Engineering Technology

Imagine a career in a cutting-edge laboratory or inside a mine 5,000 feet below the ground or on-site constructing a skyscraper. At Cambrian, learning isn’t confined to textbooks. From chemical and civil engineering to mechatronics, mechanical, and more, at our School of Engineering Technology, you’ll gain the skills you need to bring a wide range of engineering theories to life.

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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. 

Career Outcomes

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).

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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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