Electrical Techniques Curriculum

Waitlisted for January 2021

See curriculum for: September 2021 January 2022
Credential: Ontario College Certificate ( 2 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 18, 2021
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
$2,293.50 per semester*
$8,287.14 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Vocational Learning Outcomes

  • Assist in the interpretation and preparation of electrical drawings including other related documents and graphics.
  • Analyze and solve simple technical problems related to basic electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles.
  • Use and maintain test and instrumentation equipment
  • Assemble basic electrical circuits and equipment to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Assist in the installation and troubleshooting of basic electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Assist in testing and troubleshooting electrical and electronic circuits, equipment, and systems by using established procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Assist in the troubleshooting of control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Use computer skills and tools to solve routine electrical related problems.
  • Assist in conducting quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Assist in the preparation and maintenance of records and documentation systems.
  • Install and assist in testing telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Apply health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces.
  • Perform tasks in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and ethical principles.
  • Apply basic electrical cabling requirements and install and test system grounding for a specified number of applications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Identify problems and troubleshoot electrical systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  • Assist in the selection of electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

Units/ Hours: 60

This course is will challenge student to acquire and apply the foundational mathematical skills important for their success in many technical programs. The course is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester and subsequent courses in their program of study. Key topics that will be covered include essential algebra skills, right angle trigonometry and vectors.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

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.

COMP 577
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces the student to computing and Information Technology used in today's devices and networks. Students will develop a basic understanding of computer hardware, software, operating systems, programming languages and data communications required to form an integrated Information system. Emphasis will be placed on personal/industry computer use along with specific applications such as MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. This will ensure students can use computing and software applications as a communication, documentation and problem solving tool.

Units/ Hours: 60

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.

Units/ Hours: 60

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.

CNST 159
Units/ Hours: 45

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.

GNED 152
Units/ Hours: 45

"Technology and Labour: Your success, Your future", will explore success and all the influences that guide decisions to form one's sense of achievement, as well as the ways technology impacts this. In this hybrid course, students will examine not only what success is, but they will explore and develop skills in scientific and critical thinking, which will help them find their own success. Students will engage in experiential learning activities designed to help them develop an understanding of how technology impacts their professional success, and the labour force in general.

Semester 2

Units/ Hours: 60

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.

Units/ Hours: 45

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.

Units/ Hours: 30

Upon successful completion of this course, the learner will be able to apply the requirements of the Canadian Electrical code - Part 1 (CEC); identify and interpret the general requirements of the CEC; identify and interpret the CEC 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 basic information found in engineered drawings, designs, specifications, and the Canadian Electrical Code, with respect to an industrial environment. There will also be an introduction to Electrical Safety.

ELCT 105
Units/ Hours: 60

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.

ELCT 107
Units/ Hours: 75

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.

ELCT 101
Units/ Hours: 60

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.

ELCT 116
Units/ Hours: 45

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.

Units/ Hours: 45

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.

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