Electrical Engineering Technology

Learn the principles in the design and safe operation of power systems and automated control systems, including power generation and distribution, lighting, electric machines and programmable logic controllers.

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

In this program, you study the principles in the design and safe operation of electrical power systems and industrial automation systems. The program emphasizes electrical power distribution, power system management and control, power electronics, computerized lighting system design, industrial control systems (including programmable logic controllers – PLCs), data acquisition systems and process instrumentation.

Strong analytical and critical thinking skills are an asset in this program, especially when it comes to designing, testing and troubleshooting equipment and systems. With their class and lab experience, graduates may find employment in a wide variety of sectors and may also be given advanced standing in engineering degree programs at a number of Canadian universities.

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Student Highlights

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    Cool Activity"Drawing schematics using a computer program and hands-on experience with electrical components (such as motors)."
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    Why Take It"Very knowledgeable faculty that will aid you in understanding very complex concepts."
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    Wish I Knew"This program takes dedicated work ethic and determination."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 English; Academic Grade 12 Math; and Academic Grade 12 Physics.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Choose NSCC

  • You get hands-on training. You study the theoretical concepts in class and then put the theory into action within the lab and shop environment. When you graduate, you have experience in real-life electrical settings.
  • Earn recognized credentials – This program is accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). CTAB accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards designed by industry leaders across Canada and is recognized internationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Electrical Engineering Technologists may find employment in areas such as energy management, consulting engineering firms, lighting design firms, technical sales, equipment manufacturing companies, electrical distribution firms, process industries, power-generation plants, electrical maintenance, technical support and supervisory positions.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards require that you have adequate vision and colour perception to operate safely, in the shop and in the field, while performing tasks of this trade.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1245   Technical Communications I
COMM 2245   Technical Communications II
ELTG 1003   Electrical Principles I
ELTG 1004   Introduction to Engineering Mechanics
ELTG 1005   Engineering CAD
ELTG 1006   Logic Circuits
ELTG 1009   Electrical Principles II
ELTG 1010   Electrical Diagrams
ELTG 1011   Lighting
ELTG 1014   Motor Control and Relay Logic
ELTG 1017   Business Economics & Management
ELTG 1019   Environment, Ethics & Society
ELTG 1020   Quality Concepts
ELTG 1022   Workshop Practices and Introduction to the Canadian Electrical Code
ELTG 1023   Industrial Electrical Machines I
ELTG 1100   Work Experience
ELTG 3001   Applied Research Project I
ELTG 3003   Industrial Electronics
ELTG 3004   Electrical Power Distribution I
ELTG 3008   Electrical Power Distribution II
ELTG 3009   PLCs and Automation
ELTG 3013   Process Control and Instrumentation
ELTG 3015   Auxiliary Systems
ELTG 3020   Utility Power Systems
ELTG 3021   Advanced PCL for Electrical Engineering
ELTG 3023   Industrial Electrical Machines II
ELTG 3024   Electrical Principles III
MATH 1055   Calculus l
MATH 1070   Applied Math for Engineering Technology
MATH 2055   Calculus II
MATH 3055   Calculus III
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
    In addition to required courses, learners are required to complete prescribed electives for a total of 60 hours (1 unit). The following list of courses will fulfill the elective requirements. ELTG 3012, ENGI 1012, ENGI 3024.

Additional Graduation Requirements

Introduction to Confined Space
Introduction to Fall Arrest / Fall Protection
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Introduction to Respiratory Protection
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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