Program Overview

Electrical Engineering Technician is a two-year Ontario college diploma program. Students will learn the electrical fundamentals, automation, and power generation and distribution. Throughout the program, students will work towards an AutoCAD certification. Graduates of this program will feel confident to wire industrial and residential projects, along with the ability to work on hydraulic/pneumatic systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial automation.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

Ensuring that there’s power to run our towns, cities, hospitals, schools and the economy is a satisfying and respected career option. If the joy of having a dynamic and in-demand career is your goal, Fanshawe’s Electrical Engineering Technician program will provide the skills and experience to light up your future with limitless potential.

You’ll begin your AutoCAD training and PLC training by learning the basics: electrical fundamentals, automation, and power generation and distribution. While pursuing your AutoCAD certification, you’ll continuously apply the knowledge you obtain from the AutoCAD courses in real-world situations, working alongside your mentors and classmates with state-of-the-art technology and lab access. You'll also study PLCs, power generation and distribution systems, energy management, and conservation. Your skills will be as diverse as the constantly evolving electrical landscape.

By the time you graduate from our AutoCAD courses, you’ll have the skills necessary to wire residential and industrial projects, along with the ability to work on hydraulic/pneumatic systems, programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial automation. Specialists in electrical consumption and conservation techniques have never been more sought after in today’s changing economy. 

This program is a two-year, four level program that will prepare graduates for jobs in growth areas as an electrical engineering technician such as electrical contracting, factory automation, power line maintenance and process control. Students will study electrical fundamentals, automation, power generation/distribution and develop practical skills. Graduates will be skilled in AutoCAD, hydraulic/pneumatic systems, PLCs and industrial automation. Throughout the program, students will apply this knowledge in conjunction with the Canadian Electrical Code, workplace health and safety and project management applications. Additionally, students will enhance their interpersonal and communication skills.


Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Electrical Engineering Technician program will find opportunities with manufacturers of electrical equipment and electrical power utilities as well as the many industrial firms using electrical equipment. Graduates work in areas such as:

  • electrical maintenance
  • electrical construction
  • utility/power/energy sectors
  • production
  • manufacturing
  • field service
  • drafting
  • quality control
  • technical sales

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Electrical Engineering Technician program:

Electrical Engineering Technician
Responsible for the design/drafting for a wide range of projects including the electrical and control designs for multiple plants, stations and buildings.

Controls Technician
Responsible for the electrical controls and process programming of plant infrastructure and process equipment.

Maintenance Electrical Technician

Carry out installation, repair, troubleshooting, maintenance and upgrading of electrical equipment.

Program Progression


Year Fall Winter Summer
Year #1 Start Level 1 Class Level 2 Off
Year #2 Class Level 3 Class Level 4/End N/A


Electrical Engineering Technician students being taught by a faculty member


Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Interpret and produce electrical and electronics drawings including other related documents and graphics.
  2. Analyze and solve routine technical problems related to electrical systems by applying mathematics and science principles.
  3. Use, verify, and maintain instrumentation equipment and systems.
  4. Assemble, test, modify and maintain electrical circuits and equipment to fulfill requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  5. Install and troubleshoot static and rotating electrical machines and associated control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  6. Verify acceptable functionality and apply troubleshooting techniques for electrical and electronic circuits, components, equipment, and systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  7. Analyze, assemble and troubleshoot control systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  8. Use computer skills and tools to solve routine electrical related problems.
  9. Assist in creating and conducting quality assurance procedures under the supervision of a qualified person.
  10. Prepare and maintain records and documentation systems.
  11. Install, test and troubleshoot telecommunication systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  12. Apply health and safety standards and best practices to workplaces.
  13. Perform tasks in accordance with relevant legislation, policies, procedures, standards, regulations, and ethical principles.
  14. Configure installation and apply electrical cabling requirements and system grounding and bonding requirements for a variety of applications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  15. Assist in commissioning, testing and troubleshooting electrical power systems under the supervision of a qualified person.
  16. Select electrical equipment, systems and components to fulfill the requirements and specifications under the supervision of a qualified person.
  17. Apply project management principles to assist in the implementation of projects.


Program Coordinator:

Brad Smith


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with a Grade 12 Math course, only one of the following courses will be accepted:

- Grade 12 Math for College Technology (C) - preferred

- Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)

- Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)

- Grade 12 Foundations for College Math (C)

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do the one-year Pre-Technology preparatory program that provides all the admission requirements for this program.

This program requires strong math skills. Grade 12 Foundations for College Math may not provide adequate academic preparation for this program. Math tutoring and extra help is offered at the college.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95


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Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Manufacturing Technology (C)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M)
  • 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.
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

  • Credit for any course in the program will be given to students who can demonstrate that they have the required skills to meet the learning outcomes of the course.
Applicant Selection Criteria

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 Electrical Engineering Technician program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Electrical Engineering Technician program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Electrical Engineering Technician program.
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

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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.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.