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Electronic Engineering Technician

Electronic Engineering Technician

Install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair electronic/electrical equipment used in a variety of industries.

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist
Kingstec Campus • Kentville Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus • Stellarton Full time • In-class Seats available

Program Overview

This program provides you with the necessary tools to develop the knowledge and practical skills required to work in the field of electronics. You focus on practical applications to solve technical problems in areas such as telecommunications, industrial electronics and controls and microcomputers.

Electronic Engineering Technicians are employed in many industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, environmental, alternative energy, marine, military and transportation. They are trained to assemble, install, test, maintain and repair electronic/electrical equipment and systems. Good technicians are respected for being experts in troubleshooting and defining problems.

Throughout the program, you develop technical skills for the electronic field and study mathematics, electrical circuits, microcontroller applications, electric machines, solid state circuits, electronic fabrication, high reliability soldering and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). There is a strong emphasis on hands-on, with extensive lab and project work.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • 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 benefit from our expert faculty, who bring years of experience to the classroom and strong industry connections.
  • Earn recognized credentials – Offerings at the following campuses have been accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB), a standing committee of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT): Ivany, Kingstec, Marconi and Pictou Campus.
    • 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.
  • Due to the similarity between this program and Electronic Engineering Technology, you have the option to complete the Electronic Engineering Technology program in one additional year of study.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Qualified electronic technicians are in demand in a variety of industries, including the manufacturing sector, oil and gas, power utilities, telecommunication, biomedical, computer and in the manufacture and sale of electronic circuitry and systems.
  • You work in a variety of roles, including Industrial Technician (for the automotive, oil and gas, forestry, power, plastic, fisheries, marine and aerospace industries or their related government agencies); Communications Technician (for phone, cable, cellular phone, radio and TV companies); Medical Technician (for hospitals and medically-related electronics manufacturers); Computer Technician (for schools, colleges, universities, government agencies, hardware and software companies); and for electronic manufacturing companies.

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.
  • Canadian Armed Forces Options – If enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Education Plan, you are eligible to receive a salary (with benefits) and support to offset tuition and materials.
  • Canadian Armed Forces Advanced Standing – If considering a career in the Canadian Armed Forces, graduates may receive advanced standing as an Aerospace Telecommunication & Information Systems Technician.
  • 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
EETD 1004   Electronic Drafting
EETD 1017   Work Experience I
EETD 1031   Analog/Digital Communications
EETD 1051   DC Circuits for Technologies
EETD 1053   Digital Logic I
EETD 1054   Electronic Fabrication and Soldering
EETD 2000   AC Circuits for Technologies
EETD 2002   Digital Logic II
EETD 2003   Introduction to Computer Hardware and Network Devices
EETD 2004   Semiconductor Circuits I
EETD 3000   Semiconductor Circuits II
EETD 4000   Electric Machines I
EETD 4001   Microcontroller Programming
EETD 4002   Semiconductor Circuits III
EETD 4003   Programmable Logic Controller Fundamentals
EETD 5000   Microcontroller Applications
EETD 5001   Business, Technology and Modern Society
MATH 1060   Applied Math I for Technicians
MATH 1066   Applied Math II for Technicians
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
    Electronic Engineering Technician elective course requirement. In addition to required courses, learners are required to complete prescribed electives for a total of 180 hours (3 units).

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

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