Electrical Engineering Technician


Electrical Engineering Technician-2024/2025

Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ELEC-1124DC Theory5
This course introduces both the theoretical and applied concepts of Direct Current (DC) electricity. It is the foundation course for technicians where students will study resistive, capacitive and inductive circuits, and apply the laws and theorems both in the classroom and the laboratory environment. Included will be topics such as Ohms Law, series and parallel circuits using resistors, capacitors and inductors under DC conditions. Kirchhoffs Laws and other electrical theorems will be used to study and solve these circuits. In the lab, the student will use a number of test instruments such as the digital multimeter and the oscilloscope to measure the parameters, thus combining theory and practice.
MATH-1184Mathematics 14
The content covered in this mathematics course for technician students includes essential skills, trigonometry, j operator, fundamental algebra, exponents, and applications to electrical engineering problems.
ELEC-1125Installation Practices2
This practical wiring course studies the installation of wiring systems used in residential, commercial and industrial buildings. Students will learn to interpret, and gain an understanding of the current Canadian Electrical Code as applied to the construction of electrical systems. Students will design, install and test circuits for lighting, power and control applications. Relevant regulations and codes that govern personal safety requirements in the work force will also be studied.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
CNTL-1017Introduction to Automation & Controls3
This course is the introductory to industrial automation. Students learn and practice on common electrical control devices (switches, relays, timers and motor starters). Electrical symbols (JIC and IEC standards) will be introduced. Students will be able to interpret electrical circuit drawings, design basic control diagrams, and acquire practical wiring skills. The electrical connections between control devices and PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) input and output are also examined.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ELEC-3064AC Theory5
This course will build upon Electrical 1 and include magnetism, alternating current (AC) theory and AC circuit analysis. Labs will involve construction, measurement and troubleshooting of AC circuits.
CNTL-3020Fluid Power & Automation4
This course expands student's knowledge to the intermediate level of industrial automation. Fluid power systems (Pneumatic and Hydraulic), and the corresponding electrical control circuits will be introduced. Students will interpret the system symbols and drawings, select components, and install, test and troubleshoot both fluid power and electrical circuits. Subsequently these electromechanical control systems will be upgraded by PLCs, which enable students to wire I/O signals and program ladder logic for the PLC.
MATH-3072Mathematics 24
The content covered in this mathematic course for technician students include: special products, factoring, algebraic fractions, fractional equations, quadratic equations, exponents, radicals, logarithms, exponential and logarithmic equations, and word problems involving the above topics.
COMP-1569Electrical Design With AutoCad2
Students will learn how to use AutoCAD, word processing and spreadsheet software to document electrical designs/systems. Students will learn to use AutoCAD to produce basic two-dimensional drawing skills and a variety of electrical drawings including designs for residential and industry while adhering to project deadlines. Students will also learn how to use spreadsheet software to create tables, graphs, and charts.
ELNC-1114Basic Electronic Devices4
The study of the operating principles of discrete electronic devices, op-amps, and common electronic circuits. An introduction to operating characteristics and theory of operation leads to study of data sheets and applications of these devices. The study of basic devices include diodes, bipolar junction (BJT) transistors with special emphasis on FET and MOSFET as switching devices and their applications. Students will study basic operational amplifier circuits and their signal processing applications. Lab exercises are designed for hands-on study and understanding of device operation and circuit troubleshooting.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CNTL-3021HMI and Robotics4.5
This course covers advanced topics in automation control systems: PLC programming, instrumentation an HMI (Human Machine Interface) design.Students will design PLC/HMI automation applications with industrial communication networks. Motor speed control and servo drive systems will also be introduced. It provides both classroom teaching and hands-on training for robot safety; teach pendant manual operations and programming; and 3D robot simulation?
MGMT-3105Sustainability & Business Practices2
This course introduces students to importance of stewardship of the environment both at and away from work . Students will study approaches to improving sustainability beyond reducing waste and energy consumption. Students will learn to advance practices and policies to address the three pillars of sustainability - environmental, social and economic - to become an agent of change within the community and create a better place, now and in the future. Students will also learn common business practices and the essential employability skills the require to begin a professional career in the electrical industry. Students will conclude their studies with an introduction to project management as a job function and the delivery of project based tasks as part of their day to day activities.
TELE-1021Network Systems2
This course covers a broad range of systems that the technician may be expected to install and/or service. The student will be given a background in the theory of transmission lines, optical fiber and free-space propagations of electromagnetic energy. This knowledge will be expanded to the applications of these transmission mediums in the areas of computer networks, industrial automation networks, audio and video networking, building energy control, security systems, fire alarm systems, intercom and telephone systems. Various types of computer networking, and industrial automation networks are also discussed with respect to topology. Codes and regulations from the Canadian Electrical Code, the Occupational Health & Safety Act, and the Building Code that are relevant to installation of networks will be studied.
ELEC-3074Electrical Machines4
This course studies the theory and operation of static and rotating electrical machines including their construction, working principles, power flow, terminal connections, and primary troubleshooting techniques. It includes a review of electro-magnetic and induction principles with laboratory experiments that are used to demonstrate the behaviour of the equipment under various operating conditions Induction Motors: 3-phase, 1-phase DC Machines: Generator, Motor.
ELNC-3042Power Electronics3
This course studies the function of various semiconductor devices and their application in power control and motor control. The theory of operation and methods of testing devices including FETS, transistors, SCRs, DIACs, TRIACs, MOSFETs, and IGBTs are reviewed/studied. Harmonics are also investigated as are device characteristics in commonly used applications, including efficiency, thermal analysis and power quality. Applications include power conditioning, rectification and conversion, inversion, Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) circuits, driver circuits, Rectifier(AC-DC), DC-DC converters(Buck, Boost, Buck-Boost), Half-bridge, Inverter (DC-AC).
ELEC-5042Electrical Energy & Distribution4
This course is to study the function and operation of modern power systems including generation, transmission and distribution. Beyond the traditional generation stations like hydro, fossil and nuclear stations the renewable systems such as wind and solar systems are introduced. The principal components of HV transmission lines and its equivalent circuit are studied. The functions of the distribution systems and the equipment used are introduced. Protection and control circuit are analyzed. Typical LV systems are studied. The theory and implementation of power factor correction are discussed.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMP-5073Elec Wiring Design/Industrial Design5
In this course students will study electrical systems as used in modern commercial/industrial buildings. Students will design branch circuit feeders for motors, welders, lighting, receptacles and other electrical equipment. Electrical power distribution for industrial and commercial facilities is covered including incoming service size, fault current calculations and co-ordination of electrical systems. Primary emphasis is on design of practical electrical systems, selection of appropriate equipment, and production of electrical documentation. Students will prepare a detailed set of drawings and schedules for a commercial/industrial application.
MGMT-5098Capstone Project Technician2
The student will develop a plan, execute, control and close a project of which some are industry sponsored. Projects are either of the type: design, build and verify; or data acquisition and analysis. Students will prepare project based documentation, i.e. reports while working on a major project in their field. Students will improve oral communication skills by making presentations.
COMM-3069Technical Communication for Technicians3
This course develops the project-based communication skills required by technicians in their fields of study and in their careers. The skills taught include those needed to work as part of a professional team, to prepare reports, to compose emails, to supply information in brief updates, and to present findings to an audience.
ELNC-5021Electronic Motor Drives3
This course studies various types of motor drives including: DC Drives (PWM), AC Drives (VFD), Servo Drives (positioning), Stepper Motor, and Brushless DC Motor Drives. The student will learn to connect, program, and test variable frequency drives (VFDs) to perform specific functions such as PID control. Students will participate in a practical, four-part Power Control Circuit Construction and Analysis project that compares characteristics of phase- angle and zero-crossing control methodologies.
CNTL-5016Advanced Automation Systems3.5
This course will assist students in developing and building a solid knowledge of integrated automation systems. Students will analyze, assemble and troubleshoot control systems, including PLC, HMI, robotics, instrumentation, and process control devices within industrial networking environment. Computer software will also be used as data collection and problem solving tool.
LAWS-1038Law, Ethics & Occupational H&S3
This course explores the structure, practice, and ethics related to the world of work. The fundamental legal principles and ethics practised by employers are examined. Maintaining a safe, healthy, and stable work environment is a focus of this course where students learn elements of the regulations and codes of conduct for the workplace. Students develop an understanding of the history and relevance of various workplace mandates such as WHMIS, health & safety committees, and the Canadian legal system.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Level 1

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