• Overview - 2019/2020

    The machines that make factories and industries work are vital. Without them, production stops, and bottom lines are compromised. If you're looking for a career that is vital, dynamic, and in-demand, the Electronics Engineering Technician – Industrial Controls program will put you in control of your future.

    With this pre-apprenticeship electronics engineering technology program, you'll focus your learning on electricity and electronics in factory automation and industrial controls training. You'll examine electronic circuits and control equipment, and how to design and build the systems that are needed to make factories and industries a success. You'll be the one relied upon and respected. Additionally, you'll study motor controls, industrial sensors, automation theory and digital based control systems. You'll also gain a working knowledge of pneumatic and electropneumatic control systems.

    To add to your already diverse skill-set, you'll learn how to maintain, program and troubleshoot Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), industrial sensors and motor control circuits. Electronic control systems are found virtually everywhere, so you'll be able to put your skills to use in automated factories, building environmental systems, dairies, refineries and many more industrial settings. 

    After Graduation:

    Your career options will be as diverse as your new skills with the help of our electronics engineering technology program.

    Your future career is waiting. Take control today.

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Mathematics* ONE OF:
          - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
          - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
    -  Mathematics* ONE OF:
           - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
           - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above

    • *Applicants who lack the required Mathematics may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Any Grade 12 English (C), (U), or (O)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
    • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
    • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Electronics Engineering Technician – Industrial Controls program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Electronics Engineering Technician – Industrial Controls program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Electronics Engineering Technician – Industrial Controls program.
  • Courses

    Electronics Engineering Technician - Industrial Controls-2019/2020

    Level 1
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ELNC-1003Orientation Safety Basic Skills3
    The student will gain the knowledge to effectively use the tools, equipment and resources in the Electronics Lab. In addition, acceptable safety standards, correct hand tool use and splicing and soldering will be covered. The student is also introduced to proper mechanical and electrical component interconnections, common wire types and their uses and be able to solder them to a high standard of reliability.
    ELNC-1004Semiconductor Devices/Analog Elec Cir9
    In this course students will apply basic skills. Semiconductor devices and circuits are used and studied. Basic troubleshooting techniques will be introduced. Coverage begins with semiconductor theory and progresses to diodes, transistors, thyristor devices and integrated circuits. The semiconductor devices are applied to analog circuitry including power supplies, transistor switching and amplifier circuits, oscillators and operational amplifiers.
    ELNC-1005Fundamentals of Industrial Eltr & Elec9
    This course introduces the essentials of electricity and electronics including DC and AC circuits and basic industrial controls, all of the passive components used in Electrical/Electronic circuits and applications. Sources of electricity electrical units and calculations are investigated. Printed circuit board production methods are covered as well as designed and produced. Magnetism, induction and capacitance are studied with directed application to circuits. The internal circuitry of common test equipment concludes the course.
    DEVL-1054Skills for Career Success2
    This course will cover topics in digital literacy, career management and workplace communication.

    Level 2
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ELNC-3002Industrial Sensors & Motor Control 19
    This course takes an in-depth look at various control devices found in the modern factory as well as industrial sensors and transducers. Electric motors, motor controls and circuit protection devices are studied. Advantages and disadvantages of the various types of motor and their control devices are surveyed. A unit is devoted to circuit protection devices and lock-out/tag-out techniques. All motor control circuits studied are duplicated by the student in the practical lab sections of the course.
    DIGL-3001Digital Techniques9
    This course builds upon the concepts in Semiconductor Devices/Analog Electronic Circuits to introduce the student to the digital world. Sequential and combinational logic as applied to modern control systems is studied along with Number Systems, Gates, BooLean Algebra, Digital Adders, Counters and Clock Circuits, Digital to Analog, Analog to Digital Conversions, Multiplexers, Memory Systems, Displays and Digital specifications.
    PNEU-3001Pneumatic Components & Systems5
    This course covers basic pneumatic physical principles, directional control valves and working elements. Component coverage includes valve switching devices, single and double acting cylinders. Specialized devices such as silencers, check valves, shuttle valves and pneumatic limit switches are also covered. Included will be displacement step diagrams. A portion of the course is devoted to electropneumatic components and systems - the control of pneumatic circuits through the use of electrical signals.
    MATH-1213Mathematics for Electronics 12
    This course is the first of two courses that teach students the fundamental concepts of mathematics required to understand the theory of electricity and electronics.

    Level 3
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ELNC-3003E/C Automated Systems & Motor Control 210
    This course introduces electronic control concepts to manufacturing. Processes to be controlled and types of systems & methods available to perform control functions are examined. Applications of semiconductor & digital circuits to automation systems occurs. The course takes an in-depth look at the electronic control of AC motors. Applications in industrial situations requiring variable frequency drives are highlighted. Additional advanced motor control concepts are introduced including time delay circuitry and system feedback. Students will also complete an Online Health and Safety workshop related to workplace safety.
    ELNC-3004Programmable Logic Controllers9
    This is an in-depth course in programmable controllers. PLC theory is studied as well as programming techniques in ladder logic. Numerous practical problems are assigned. Troubleshooting techniques are emphasized. Control diagrams, programming languages and control circuits will be incorporated. The course also details availability in PLC control; PLC operation; where and why PLC are used.
    SYST-3001Troubleshooting & System Design5
    This course will challenge the student to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired in the prerequisite courses to real world system design and troubleshooting problems. Troubleshooting methodology and design concepts are stressed. Students will have the opportunity to program a robotic system in an actual work-cell environment. A major project is assigned involving the application of a PLC to realistic interfacing and automation problem.
    MATH-3090Mathematics for Electronics 22
    This course is the second of two courses that teach students the fundamental concepts of mathematics required to understand the theory of electricity and electronics.
    BUSI-1103Introduction to Small Business Concepts3
    This introductory course will examine some of the theoretical concepts and practical experiences necessary for effectively running a small business. A wide variety of topics such as the social and ethical responsibility of a contemporary business, the importance of human resource and financial resource management, and the current trends in Canadian business will be studied.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 6 General Elective Credits -
    Normally taken in Levels 1 and 3

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 20 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates work in an industrial setting doing installation and maintenance of automation control equipment. Graduates work as electrical/electronics maintenance technicians in high technology manufacturing environments. Some graduates enter the Industrial Electrician Apprenticeship.  Other opportunities exist in security systems installation and repair, and process control. Graduates will work primarily in the fields of electrical installation and troubleshooting but may also be involved in technical sales.
  • More Information - 2019/2020

    A Twelve-Month Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: EIC3S
    Campus Code: ST (ST - St. Thomas)
    September Admission
    16 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at


    St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus: 519-633-2030

    Program Description

    Graduates of the Electronics Engineering Technician - Industrial Controls program will play a key role in the world of technology with the in-depth knowledge gained in this exciting, fast-paced program.  Automation is used in virtually every industry with the demand for trained graduates always increasing.  Graduates will study a wide range of automation topics and have a thorough understanding of electricity and electronics as applied to automation and system controls.  Electronic control systems can be found in automated factories, building environmental systems and processors of bulk materials such as dairies, refineries etc.  Students will study motor controls, industrial sensors, automation theory and digital based control systems. Graduates will also have a working knowledge of pneumatic and electropneumatic control systems.  They will be able to program, install and troubleshoot programmable logic controllers (PLC's) and will have exposure to a working robot in an actual industrial workcell setting.

    Other Information

    • Graduates of this program will be eligible to write the Apprenticeship Certificate Exemption Tests related to the Industrial Electrician trade.
    Learning Outcomes 


    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. analyze*, interpret, modify and prepare electrical and electronics drawings, layouts and reports, with guidance as required

    2. analyze* and solve routine technical problems related to electronics engineering by applying fundamental concepts of mathematics and science

    3. apply appropriate troubleshooting* techniques to electronic circuits or systems and perform test procedures.

    4. assemble, modify, test and troubleshoot* electronic circuits, equipment and systems in accordance with job requirements*, functional specifications* and relevant standards, with guidance as required.

    5. maintain and repair electronic equipment and systems in accordance with relevant operational guidelines.

    6. provide justification for the purchase of electronic equipment, components and systems in accordance with code, standards and job requirements*, and functional specifications*.

    7. analyze* and troubleshoot* logic and digital circuits, as well as embedded microprocessor*-based and microcontroller*-based systems, including assembly and high-level language programs.

    8. analyze* and troubleshoot* circuits consisting of passive components by applying appropriate measurement techniques.

    9. analyze* and troubleshoot* circuits consisting of low power, high power, active and electromechanical components, and analog integrated circuits.

    10. analyze* and troubleshoot* control systems

    11. troubleshoot*, maintain and repair analog and digital communication systems

    12. apply relevant shop practices* in compliance with safety policies and current regulations for electronics engineering workplaces.

    13. assist in implementing and conducting quality control* and quality assurance* programs and procedures.

    14. complete work in compliance with relevant legislation, established standards, policies, procedures and regulations, and ethical principles.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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