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Electronic Systems Technician

Learn the hands-on skills to install, troubleshoot, test and repair the next generation of electronic systems.

A student stands at a long desk covered in monitors and wires and other electronic equipment.
Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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This program is pending Ministerial approval.

Overview

Electronic devices and systems have become part of everyday life. Microprocessors, robots, lasers, fibre optics, biomedical electronics, satellite communications and wireless networking all use microelectronic technology.

With a wide range of applications, there's growing demand for technicians with the skills and knowledge to support these systems, from installing and testing to troubleshooting issues and repair.   

If you enjoy learning new technologies and hands-on work, this program will give you the skills you need to work in the expanding field of electronics. 

Throughout the program, you develop technical skills for the electronic field, including 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. 

In the Electronic Systems Technician program, you learn to:

  • Troubleshoot, repair, and maintain electronic equipment and systems 
  • Fabricate, assemble, and install electronic equipment and systems 
  • Operate, configure, and maintain computers, networking equipment, and computer programs 
  • Advise on the purchase of appropriate electronic equipment to meet needs 
  • Safely use hand and power tools in completing electronics work
  • Interpret and prepare technical documents, such as schematics, service data, assembly drawings, etc.

Work experience

  • Field experience is a mandatory credit course, providing you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
    • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • 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 employment in a field related to your program.
    • Co-op takes place in third term and must be a minimum of 12 weeks and 420 hours.
    • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience are your responsibility.
  • For more information, visit work experience opportunities.

Choose NSCC

  • If considering a career in the Canadian Armed Forces, graduates can receive advanced standing as an Aerospace Telecommunication and Information Systems Technician. This program is recognized by CAF as aligning with the training requirements for this occupation, and graduates would only need to complete the remaining curriculum.

September 2024

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus
Dartmouth
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available
Kingstec Campus
Kentville
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available
Sydney Waterfront Campus
Sydney
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available

Admission requirements

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.

Tuition

Tuition amounts are for the 2023-24 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,620
Tuition (International):
$11,690

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 amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

Graduates of the Electronic Systems Technician program are qualified to begin working with electronic systems in a wide variety of industries, such as telecommunications, manufacturing, healthcare, security, marine, and energy. 

Graduates will have the skills to find employment supporting electronic systems across multiple industries, such as telecommunications systems, medical technologies, security systems, marine navigation systems, or manufacturing equipment.  

Graduates may be employed by companies, organizations, and government agencies, under job titles such as:

  • Electronic Technician
  • Alarm System Technician
  • Fibre optics communications technician
  • Naval electronics technician
  • Medical equipment service technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Electronics Installer
  • Audio-visual equipment technician
  • Robotics Technician

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