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 Years

Program Code: 0318X01FWO
Academic Year: 2013/2014


Our Program

This three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma program prepares graduates 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 covers core courses in electrical principles, codes, circuitry, control systems, computer applications and machinery. Students also study AutoCAD, telecommunications, electronics, instrumentation and robotics. Core electives in the fourth, fifth, and sixth levels allow students to specialize in either the "automation" or "utilities" stream.

This program is part of Algonquin's mobile learning initiative. All students entering into the program are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements as designated by the program. Students in mobile learning programs will use their devices to enhance their learning experience, obtain and work with course materials, participate in collaborative and mlearning environments and become skilled, confident users of the technologies used within an educational environment and workplace. Hardware and software specifications are outlined at www3.algonquincollege.com/mlearning/. Computers and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS

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.

Courses

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 Students are introduced to the College computer network, spreadsheet applications, word processing software and electrical design software, including Multisim electronic workbench and AutoCAD. Most of the course is devoted to AutoCAD with emphasis on electrical applications. 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. Most of the course is devoted to AutoCAD with emphasis on electrical applications. 45.0
ELE8909 Students are introduced to the fundamentals of direct current circuit analysis. The standards for electrical measurement are studied and practised. Electrical circuit design, construction and documentation are practised. The first module of this course is a compulsory orientation to safe electrical work practices. Electrical Principles I Students are introduced to the fundamentals of direct current circuit analysis. The standards for electrical measurement are studied and practised. Electrical circuit design, construction and documentation are practised. The first module of this course is a compulsory orientation to safe electrical work practices. 90.0
ELE8913 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. 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 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. 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 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 practise 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. 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 practise 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 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 trigonometry and vectors. 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 trigonometry and vectors. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
DAT8921 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. 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 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
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
75.0
ELE8922A This course covers resistive, inductive and capacitive circuits in both DC and AC (including power factor correction). 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
Electrical Principles - II This course covers resistive, inductive and capacitive circuits in both DC and AC (including power factor correction). 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
90.0
ELE8923 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
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
90.0
PHY8201 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. 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 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 IGBTs 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
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 IGBTs 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
105.0
ELE8932 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. The student configures and connects digital and analog input/output modules.

Prerequisites: ELE8921
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. The student configures and connects digital and analog input/output modules.

Prerequisites: ELE8921
90.0
ELE8944 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 course includes the application of standards, particularly the Canadian Electrical Code, specifications, and manufacturers' data to the design of both residential and commercial building electrical systems.

Prerequisites: DAT8942
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 course includes the application of standards, particularly the Canadian Electrical Code, specifications, and manufacturers' data to the design of both residential and commercial building electrical systems.

Prerequisites: DAT8942
60.0
MAT8101 Calculus is used to determine many important physical quantities. Students study the derivative, its definition, interpretation and applications. Students calculate limits and use first principles to find simple derivatives. They use the product rule, quotient rule, chain rule and implicit differentiation to find derivatives of algebraic functions. They use differentiation rules to find derivatives of transcendental functions. Students study a variety of applications of derivates such as curve sketching, finding a tangent to a curve and finding an approximate solution of an equation using Newton's method.

Prerequisites: MAT8100 or MAT8100P
Differential Calculus Calculus is used to determine many important physical quantities. Students study the derivative, its definition, interpretation and applications. Students calculate limits and use first principles to find simple derivatives. They use the product rule, quotient rule, chain rule and implicit differentiation to find derivatives of algebraic functions. They use differentiation rules to find derivatives of transcendental functions. Students study a variety of applications of derivates such as curve sketching, finding a tangent to a curve and finding an approximate solution of an equation using Newton's method.

Prerequisites: MAT8100 or MAT8100P
45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0317 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 GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003
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 GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED1896 or GED5009 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 04 Hours
ELE8931 This course covers the procedures for the selection, connection and calibration of instruments. 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
Instrumentation This course covers the procedures for the selection, connection and calibration of instruments. 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
60.0
ELE8940 Students are exposed to current standards, installation practices and diagnostic procedures of the telecommunications industry. They work with and analyze various premises cabling methods including coaxial, twin axial, shielded twisted pair, unshielded twisted pair and fibre optics. The applications of radio frequency (RF) transmission and local area networks (LANs) for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are covered. Industrial Telecommunications Students are exposed to current standards, installation practices and diagnostic procedures of the telecommunications industry. They work with and analyze various premises cabling methods including coaxial, twin axial, shielded twisted pair, unshielded twisted pair and fibre optics. The applications of radio frequency (RF) transmission and local area networks (LANs) for programmable logic controllers (PLCs) are covered. 75.0
ELE8941 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
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
60.0
ELE8949 Students develop the planning, scheduling, budgeting and organizing skills required to manage projects. Relevant industrial examples are used.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T

Co-requisites: ENL2019T
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
15.0
ENL2019T 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 and presentation skills related to engineering topics.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
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 and presentation skills related to engineering topics.

Prerequisites: ENL1813T
45.0
MAT8102 Integral Calculus expands on techniques from differential calculus to find the area under a curve, the area between two curves and the volume of objects. Students investigate both indefinite and definite integrals to find the exact area under a curve, as well as the Trapezoid Rule and the Simpson's Rule to perform numerical integrations. Students integrate polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Students employ integration by parts and partial fractions to perform more complex integrations.

Prerequisites: MAT8101 or MAT8731
Integral Calculus Integral Calculus expands on techniques from differential calculus to find the area under a curve, the area between two curves and the volume of objects. Students investigate both indefinite and definite integrals to find the exact area under a curve, as well as the Trapezoid Rule and the Simpson's Rule to perform numerical integrations. Students integrate polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Students employ integration by parts and partial fractions to perform more complex integrations.

Prerequisites: MAT8101 or MAT8731
45.0
Elective: choose 1 Hours
ELE8945 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. 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 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. 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 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
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
45.0
ELE8956 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
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
60.0
ENG4001 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
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
30.0
ENL4001 Students in this course demonstrate their ability to define and describe a problem of significant technical complexity and a suitable technological solution. Drawing upon skills acquired in previous communication courses participants will 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) for their technical report.

Prerequisites: ENL1819T or ENL2019T

Co-requisites: ENG4001
Technology Report Preparation Students in this course demonstrate their ability to define and describe a problem of significant technical complexity and a suitable technological solution. Drawing upon skills acquired in previous communication courses participants will 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) for their technical report.

Prerequisites: ENL1819T or ENL2019T

Co-requisites: ENG4001
15.0
MAT8103 Students study differential equations and their applications to the physical world. Students classify differential equations and solve separable, exact and first-order linear equations with applications. They solve second-order linear equations using the methods of undetermined coefficients and variation of parameters. Students study Laplace and Inverse Laplace transforms and use them to solve differential equations. Students study sequences and series and apply convergence tests to determine the convergence or divergence of series. Students study power series. They find Maclaurin and Taylor series expansions of functions and perform computations using Maclaurin series expansions. Students study periodic functions and calculate their Fourier series expansions.

Prerequisites: MAT8102
Ordinary Differential Equations Students study differential equations and their applications to the physical world. Students classify differential equations and solve separable, exact and first-order linear equations with applications. They solve second-order linear equations using the methods of undetermined coefficients and variation of parameters. Students study Laplace and Inverse Laplace transforms and use them to solve differential equations. Students study sequences and series and apply convergence tests to determine the convergence or divergence of series. Students study power series. They find Maclaurin and Taylor series expansions of functions and perform computations using Maclaurin series expansions. Students study periodic functions and calculate their Fourier series expansions.

Prerequisites: MAT8102
45.0
Elective: choose 1 Hours
ELE8958 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
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
75.0
ELE8959 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. 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 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. 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
ELE8964 Advanced Electrical Lab is an opportunity for electrical technology students in their graduating semester to pursue areas of interest in the field of electrical and electronic technology. With the faculty guidance students will define an area of practical study and experimentation for themselves, carry out research, conduct experiments and create prototypes.

Prerequisites: CAM8302
Advanced Electrical Lab Advanced Electrical Lab is an opportunity for electrical technology students in their graduating semester to pursue areas of interest in the field of electrical and electronic technology. With the faculty guidance students will define an area of practical study and experimentation for themselves, carry out research, conduct experiments and create prototypes.

Prerequisites: CAM8302
45.0
ELE8966 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.

Prerequisites: ELE8956
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.

Prerequisites: ELE8956
60.0
ENG4003 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
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
30.0
ENG8344E 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. The lab work focuses on the use of sensors, data acquisition and processing, use of DACs and ADCs and industrial controllers. 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. The lab work focuses on the use of sensors, data acquisition and processing, use of DACs and ADCs and industrial controllers. 45.0
ENL4003 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
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
15.0
Elective: choose 1 Hours
ELE8965 This course builds on the skills acquired in ELE8941 and CAM8392E. Students learn to interface electronic circuits to a microcontroller and write "C" language programs to control their systems. Students develop a variety of applications using their software and hardware skills.

Prerequisites: CAM8302E
Microcontroller Applications This course builds on the skills acquired in ELE8941 and CAM8392E. Students learn to interface electronic circuits to a microcontroller and write "C" language programs to control their systems. Students develop a variety of applications using their software and hardware skills.

Prerequisites: CAM8302E
75.0
ELE8967 This course explores 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
Electrical Distribution Equipment This course explores 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
75.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $1,304.75 per term in Levels 01, 02, 03 and 04 and $1,298.51 per term in Levels 05 and 06.

Information Technology Fee: $62 per term. *

Mobile Computing Fee: $150 per term. **

eTextbook Fee: $202.32 in Level. ***

Incidental Fees: $240 in Level 01, $130 in Level 04 and $100 in Level 05.
Student Activity/Sports Fee: $210.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Health Service Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $117.02 paid once annually. ****

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $25 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,600 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information, please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The Mobile Computing Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services to students registered in a mandatory laptop programs.

*** The eTextbook fee includes all the required text and digital resources (with the exception of general education electives). The resources will be provided at the beginning of each term.

**** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books and supplies can be purchased in the campus bookstore. Expenses total approximately $1,200 in the first year, $650 in the second year and $400 in the third year.

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 

Program Eligibility

  • Successful completion of Algonquin's Electrical Engineering Technician program or equivalent. Plus the specified additional math courses. Applicants from other colleges should contact the program coordinator prior to applying to determine required bridging courses. Applicants who have not completed the Electrical Engineering Technician program may be given departmental approval to register for some courses in the Technology program, provided all prerequisites have been completed.

Application Information

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

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term and Winter 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: 1-866-620-3845
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) conditionally 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 technology program after this time may have a reduced 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 or Frank Bowick, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5987 or Frank.Bowick@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