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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:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
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 Seats available
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


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're 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's a strong emphasis on hands-on learning, 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 and Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, and throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last between 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • 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.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Choose NSCC

  • You benefit from our expert faculty, who bring years of experience to the classroom and strong industry connections.
  • This program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), an organization created by Technology Professionals Canada. TAC accreditation means that this program has been evaluated against standards in the National Accreditation Components, including the learning outcomes in the Canadian Technology Accreditation Criteria (CTAC) and as such is recognized nationally. Graduates may be eligible for membership with TechNova, the certifying organization for Engineering and Applied Science Technicians and Technologists in Nova Scotia.
  • Upon successful completion of the Electronic Engineering Technician program, 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

Other info

  • 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.
  • If considering a career in the Canadian Armed Forces, graduates may receive advanced standing as an Aerospace Telecommunication & Information Systems Technician.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • 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).

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