Ontario College Diploma in Electrical Engineering Technician Curriculum
Accepting Applications for September 2018
Courses and Descriptions
This course is designed to enable students to acquire foundational mathematical skills important for their success in various Technology programs. These programs are Computer Engineering Technician and Technology, Electrical Engineering Technician, Electrical Techniques, and Instrumentation and Control Engineering Technician. The course is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester and subsequent courses in their program of study. Microsoft Excel computer spreadsheets will be utilized as a problem-solving tool for various applications throughout the course.
Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.
This course teaches students to use AutoCAD software to replicate, modify and create electrical drawings and create 3D models using Autodesk Inventors. AutoCAD software fundamentals are taught, including drawing and modifying objects, creating and inserting dynamic blocks, using layers and creating layouts. Students are taught to identify, create and modify basic electrical symbols and how to generate single line, schematic and wiring diagrams. Students are introduced to 3D modelling principals, creating parts and assemblies, multi view drawings, parts lists and assembly presentations.
This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts of electricity and electrical test equipment. Topics to be covered include; basic DC and AC principles, such as voltage, current, resistance, power and the laws that govern them. Students will also learn how to work with components such as resistors, inductors, capacitors and test equipment, including digital multimeters, power supplies and oscilloscopes. Upon completion of the course, students will be able to construct and analyze simple DC and AC circuits and use test equipment to verify their operation and troubleshoot them as needed. Students will also be introduced to the basic concepts of semiconductors and the P/N junction diode and to basic digital logic to help prepare them for courses in the following semester.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the safe operation of common hand and power tools AND to use those tools to install common switching devices, outlets and enclosures while correctly terminating conductors in a residential construction setting. The learner will further be able to demonstrate the installation procedures for non-metallic sheathed cable, armoured cable, LVT, CAT5, RG6, rigid and flexible raceway installation methods. Furthermore, the learner will be introduced to the basic across-the-line motor starter, low-voltage release and low-voltage protection. This course also serves to introduce network cabling concepts, trade safety, codes/standards and installation methods. In this course, the student will gain the knowledge and skills to safely and effectively install, operate and maintain building electronic systems. These systems include structured cabling, AV, telecommunications, network and security wiring in residential buildings.
Today's employers are looking for people who have sustainable skills that assist them towards being a valuable employee who can work on their own, as well as effectively with co-workers, customers, and other businesses. This course will help you to understand today's workplace, yourself, and how you work with others in a team environment. Students will have the opportunity to explore the factors that have an impact on their productivity and job satisfaction. Students will also learn task and relationship strategies to help them interact successfully with others in the workplace.
This course will provide the student with a broad based foundation in alternating current (AC) theory and analysis. Through the application of technical mathematical concepts, students will learn to analyze the full spectrum of alternating current. AC power and power factor in modern generation and distribution systems will be explored. The analysis, design, and testing of electrical distribution systems will be studied. Practical application of AC in various circuit configurations and components will be conducted.
Applied Mathematics for Technology II prepares students mathematically for a variety of technical fields. The topics covered are: complex numbers, variation, exponents and radicals, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, topics from analytic geometry and basic statistical analysis including linear regression.
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to apply the requirements of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) which includes the Canadian Electrical code - Part 1 (CEC); identify and interpret the general requirements of the OESC; identify and interpret the OESC requirements for conductor ampacity including free air, above and underground installations, grounding and bonding, wiring methods and installation of manufacturing equipment in an industrial setting; material take off and preparation of permit application. This course gives the learner the ability to read, interpret and apply information found in architectural plans and designs, specifications, the Ontario Building code and the Ontario Electrical Safety Code, with respect to an industrial environment.
This course is an introduction to semiconductors, including the diode family, the bipolar junction transistor (BJT) and the field effect transistor (FET). Applications of these devices are examined including the full-wave capacitor filtered rectifier, the BJT and FET switch and both small signal and power BJT amplifiers. Students learn to design, construct, analyze, and test electronic circuitry at the "breadboard" level. Students explore Digital logic and interfacing with microprocessors.
This course has been designed for students entering trades and technology programs. The course will cover current legislation (O.H.S.A.) and health and safety procedures used in the industry. Students will obtain fundamental level safety certification in WHMIS, Fall Protection, Confined Space Identification, and Hoisting and Rigging.The theory for this course will be offered online and the application component will offered onsite.
This course will allow the student to select, install, configure, calibrate and test pressure, temperature, sound and light sensing, measuring, indicating and controlling devices using both SI and imperial scales to meet the requirements of the process.
Students, through applied learning, will demonstrate the safe use of digital and analog multimeters, digital and analog oscilloscopes and measurement techniques in simple and complex electrical circuits. Standard circuit analysis techniques will be explored and tested. Students will gain experience using National Instrument circuit Simulation software and conduct quality assurance testing by utilizing appropriate equipment and reporting results.
This course is designed for students who will work in an industrial setting. The course takes a broad look at environmental issues relating to industrial practices. In some cases, technical details of recovery/recycling processes are covered. Topics include industry's effect on and remediation of natural resources such as water, air, soil, and biotic life. New approaches by industry toward sustainability and waste management are also included.
The student will study the Ontario Electrical Safety Code and apply the Code rules and standards to determine the ampacity of conductors in various conditions; determine the correct size of conduit for multiple conductors; simple and complex electrical systems with overcurrent and overload protection design considerations; Fault current available in simple and complex electrical systems.
This course will introduce the student to the diverse sources of electrical power generation and the logistics of electrical distribution to the end user. Both traditional and emerging sources of energy will be examined. Strategies and calculations designed to minimize power loss in the grid system of distribution will be explored. Students will learn about national and international regulations, agreements, and practices in the generation and distribution of electrical power.
This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of hydraulics and fluid mechanics, including instrumentation and measurement techniques. Using pneumatic components in a lab setting student design and build working pneumatic circuits, learn to read interpret and create pneumatic and hydraulic circuit diagrams using standard symbols and model circuit operation using industry standard software.
This course will introduce students to the legislative and regulatory bodies influencing the practice of the professional Electrical Engineering Technician/Technologist. Both federal and provincial associations monitoring and governing the practice will be discovered. The array of professional issues that impact the practice of the technician will be explored. Students will be prepared to successfully challenge the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist (OACETT) Professional Practice Examination to become a Certified Technician.
The student will study and discover through applied learning, the safe and proper techniques to control various types of AC and DC motors. Additionally, the student will discover the manufactured construction of DC and both single-phase and three-phase AC motors as well as the efficiencies and best use for the industry application.
This course provides the foundational theory required to understand electronic circuits with AC and DC sources. The learner will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to install, maintain, and troubleshoot circuits which employ discrete semiconductor components. Electronic components and circuits such as diodes, SCRs, Triacs, Triggering systems, bipolar junction transistors, field effect transistors, solid state switching devices, and photosensitive devices will all be explored.
This course in technical programming emphasizes problem-solving strategies, debugging methods, and program documentation. This course uses the microcontroller and the C programming language to expose the students to various fundamental programming and interfacing techniques. Analytical and troubleshooting skills are further developed through lab experiments involving input/output operations, interrupts and data transfer for data acquisition.
Students will investigate the current and future of alternative energy generation. Solar electric, Solar heat, Wind, Biomass, Alcohol, Geothermal, Hydro Electric, and Hydrogen technologies are explained, discussed and compared. Traditional heating units like electricity, gas and oil will be compared with alternative energy sources. Students will learn the cost and benefits of using alternative energy supplies. Students will be given an understanding of inverter technologies, distribution and storage of renewably generated electricity. Using industry standard software, students will evaluate the environmental and economic dimensions of large and small scale renewable projects.
Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to interface a variety of sensors, servo motors, control systems and electronic circuits by programming microprocessors to develop complete automated digital systems. Students work on an applied project using high level programming languages to integrate a variety of sensors, including wireless networking hardware, into an applied project using current microprocessor technology. Project management strategies, including technical documentation and team working skills are emphasized throughout the process.
This is a multi-disciplinary course designed to help students develop their skills in managing technical projects. Students will learn how to identify and plan a project and work toward achieving their project goals. They will interact with a team in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of the project goals. They will communicate in written, spoken, or visual format at various stages of the project. The course also includes evaluating the technical, interpersonal, and communication processes the team uses. Students will work on managing a project typical to one that a computer-systems professional would be involved in.
Building on Electrical Concepts, this course will introduce students to the functions and applications of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). PLC instructions for the programming of common relays, timers, counters, mathematic functions, and word comparisons will all be covered. Students will practice identification methods and hard wiring of PLC's to equipment. Methods of testing PLC inputs and outputs will be studied and practiced. Students will design programs to control machines and processes to solve typical industrial problems.
The student will study and discover through applied learning, the safe and proper techniques involved in using AC and DC drives to control speed and performance of AC and DC motors. Students will explore drive hardware and how it can be divided into logical sub units. Common requirements and characteristics of drives will be explored. Additionally they will practice adjusting drive parameters to match drives to motors and motors to domestic and industrial applications.
All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.
Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.
Many of these courses and some other general education courses are also available through evening classes, by distance education, or on-line. See our Part-Time Studies Calendar for these opportunities.
You may already possess general education equivalencies from other colleges or universities. Please see the General Education Co-ordinators at the Peterborough and Lindsay locations for possible exemptions.