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Electrical Engineering Technology

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.

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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.
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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


With robots, drones, lasers, biomedical devices and other such tools, electronic devices are part of everyday life.

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.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including Academic Grade 12 Math and Physics.
    • 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 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 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

  • Electronic Engineering Technologists are finding rewarding employment in many areas of society. In health care, Technologists operate and maintain a range of biomedical electronic equipment including monitoring systems enabling patients to carry on their daily activities while sensors collect bio-data and transmit it wirelessly to medical personnel. In response to ecological sustainability and wildlife conservation, electronic devices are used to track endangered species as they move about in the wild. The success of wind and solar renewable energy technologies depends on accurate and sensitive monitoring and control systems. As consumers and industries continue to look for cleaner and more efficient products and services, electronic devices will increasingly be used to collect and analyze data as well as support and monitor processes. Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

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.
  • 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.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • 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 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 PLC for Electrical Engineering
ELTG 3023   Industrial Electrical Machines II
ELTG 3024   Electrical Principles III
ENGI 1020   Engineering Technology Skills
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
SAFE 1020   Introduction to Confined Space
SAFE 1021   Introduction to Hazard Identification
SAFE 1022   Introduction to Fall Arrest and Protection
SAFE 1023   Introduction to Lock Out/Tag Out
SAFE 1024   Introduction to Respiratory Protection
    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.

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